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The Biochemistry Major

The biochemistry major offers students the opportunity to delve into the science that is at the interface of two distinct disciplines by learning about the chemistry of biology and the biological applications of chemistry. Students will be equipped for future work, research and study by being able to draw from experiences in both disciplines. They will be comfortable with the terminology in both disciplines and be able to use the latest techniques in the field. For those who wish to continue their studies in professional programs, they will be prepared and competitive for the career paths that they are choosing.


Majors must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. Biochemistry majors must complete the following courses and sufficient electives to total at least 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to take Microbiology, Biotechnology, Bioethics and 3 credits of Internship/Research in order to obtain the biotechnology certification along with the B.S. in Biochemistry.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry:

CHEM 191, 192 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs  
CHEM 301, 302 Organic Chemistry I and II and Labs  
CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry and Lab  
CHEM 312 Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab  
CHEM 320 Inorganic Chemistry and Lab  
CHEM/BIO 390 Biochemistry and Lab  
CHEM 391 Chemical Thermodynamics and Lab  
CHEM 435 Advanced Biochemistry   
CHEM 423L Advanced Biochemistry Lab  
BIO 450 Research in Biochemical Sciences  
MATH 213, 214 Calculus I and II and Labs  
PHYS 201, 202 Physics I and II and Labs  
BIO 103 Biology I and Lab  
BIO 200 Genetics and Lab  
BIO 325 Molecular Cell Biology and Lab  
BIO 331 Bioinformatics and Lab  

Plus an additional 8 credits from the following courses, at least one must be a Chemistry course.

BIO 315 Animal Physiology and Lab  
BIO 323 Developmental Biology and Lab  
BIO 330 Neurobiology  
BIO 331 Bioinformatics and Lab  
BIO 340 Biotechnology  
BIO 370 Virology and Lab  
BIO 380 Parasitology and Lab  
BIO 392 Animal Nutrition  
CHEM 392 Quantum Chemistry and Lab  
CHEM 421 Advanced Chemistry Lab I  
CHEM 431 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry  
CHEM 432 Advanced Organic Chemistry  
CHEM 433 Advanced Physical Chemistry  
CHEM 434 Advanced Environmental Chemistry  
CHEM 435 Advanced Biochemistry  
*NOTE: Biology or Chemistry may not serve as a second major or minor for a Biochemistry major and Biochemistry may not serve as a second major or minor for a Biology or Chemistry major.