As a Biochemistry major, you’ll delve into the science at the intersection of biology and chemistry: the biological applications of chemistry and the chemical processes necessary for biological life to exist. Through RWU’s rigorous coursework in subjects such as bioinformation, neurobiology and biotechnology combined with research and internships, you’ll be well prepared for graduate study and your future career.

Degree Requirements

The Biochemistry Major

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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:

CHEM191, 192Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs
CHEM301, 302Organic Chemistry I and II and Labs
CHEM311Analytical Chemistry and Lab
CHEM312Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab
CHEM320Inorganic Chemistry and Lab
CHEM/BIO390Biochemistry and Lab
CHEM391Chemical Thermodynamics and Lab
CHEM435Advanced Biochemistry
CHEM423LAdvanced Biochemistry Lab
BIO450Research in Biochemical Sciences
MATH213, 214Calculus I and II and Labs
PHYS201, 202Physics I and II and Labs
BIO103Biology I and Lab
BIO200Genetics and Lab
BIO325Molecular Cell Biology and Lab
BIO331Bioinformatics and Lab
Plus an additional 8 credits from the following courses; at least one must be a Chemistry course.
BIO315Animal Physiology and Lab
BIO323Developmental Biology and Lab
BIO331Bioinformatics and Lab
BIO370Virology and Lab
BIO380Parasitology and Lab
BIO392Animal Nutrition
CHEM392Quantum Chemistry and Lab
CHEM421Advanced Chemistry Lab I
CHEM431Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM432Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM433Advanced Physical Chemistry
CHEM434Advanced Environmental Chemistry
CHEM435Advanced 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.

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

Internship Opportunities

(partial list)

  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • The Audubon Society
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
  • New England Aquarium
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • Save the Bay

Research Projects

(partial list)

  • Molecular Evolution of Myelin Basic Protein
  • Developmental Regulation of Zebrafish Heart Rate
  • Ornamental Fish Culture
  • Biotechnology Projects
  • Characterization of Viruses in Mt. Hope Bay
  • Soil Ecology


(partial list)

  • American Health Care
  • Bioran Medical Laboratories
  • Ciba-Geigy
  • Cyro Industries
  • School Districts (various)
  • Rhode Island Department of Health
  • Amgen

Graduate Study

(partial list)

  • Brown University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Harvard University
  • Tufts University Dental School
  • University of Chicago
  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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