Biochemistry - BS

The undergraduate biochemistry curriculum is designed to provide a solid background in chemistry and the physical sciences, as well as in the biological sciences. Consequently, biochemistry is an especially versatile major giving undergraduates many options when they complete their BS degree. A biochemistry major provides a strong background for entering graduate school in a variety of fields, and the majority of biochemistry majors go on to graduate school or to professional schools such as medicine, veterinary medicine or dentistry. Biochemistry majors excel in biomedical professional schools because of their strong background in the basic sciences. In addition, a wide variety of job opportunities is open to biochemistry majors with a BS degree. Many find rewarding careers working in laboratories as research scientists, forensic scientists and technicians in clinical, governmental and university laboratories. Biochemists are also employed by diverse companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, food and scientific equipment industries.

Majors in Biochemistry must make a grade of C or better in CHEM 227, CHEM 237, CHEM 228 and CHEM 238 before registration in BICH 440. In addition, majors in Biochemistry must make a grade of C or better in all major coursework used to satisfy the degree plan.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BICH 101/GENE 101Perspectives in Biochemistry and Genetics 1
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 101Fundamentals of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 111Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
Free elective 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 102Fundamentals of Chemistry II 3
CHEM 112Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II 1
ENGL 210Technical and Business Writing 3
Select one of the following: 4
Engineering Mathematics I  
Analytic Geometry and Calculus  
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 227Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 237Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
Select one of the following: 4
Engineering Mathematics II  
Calculus  
PHYS 218Mechanics 4
University Core Curriculum 23
Free elective 11
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 228Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 238Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
Select one of the following: 3
Engineering Mathematics III  
Several Variable Calculus  
Engineering Mathematics III  
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 4
University Core Curriculum 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Third Year
Fall
BICH 404Biochemical Calculations 2
BICH 440Biochemistry I 33
CHEM 327Physical Chemistry I 3
GENE 302
GENE 312
Principles of Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
4
University Core Curriculum 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following: 2
Biochemical Techniques I  
Laboratory in Molecular Genetics  
BICH 441Biochemistry II 3
BICH 491Research 1
CHEM 328Physical Chemistry II 3
University Core Curriculum 23
Free elective 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
BICH 431/GENE 431Molecular Genetics 3
BICH 491Research 2
Select one of the following: 4
Fundamentals of Microbiology  
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory
 
Biochemistry elective 43
University Core Curriculum 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BICH 491Research 1
Biochemistry elective 43
University Core Curriculum 26
Free electives 15
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120
1

Often used for a minor degree. Students intending to pursue an advanced degree in biochemistry are strongly encouraged to use some free electives for additional upper division courses in BICH, BIOL, CHEM, GENE, MATH or STAT.

2

To be selected from the University Core Curriculum. Of the 21 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from language, philosophy and culture, 3 from creative arts, 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from American history, 6 from POLS 206 and POLS 207. The Graduation requirements include a requirement for 6 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses which may be met by courses satisfying the language, philosophy and culture, creative arts, social and behavioral sciences, government/political science and American history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.

3

Before registration in BICH 440, students much have attained a grade of C or better in each of these courses: CHEM 227, CHEM 228, CHEM 237, CHEM 238.

4

Hours to be selected from any 400-level course in BICH with approval of student’s academic advisor. BICH 414, BICH 432/GENE 432 or BICH 491 may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

Students must make a grade of C or better in all major coursework used to satisfy degree plan.