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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BICH 101/GENE 101 Perspectives in Biochemistry and Genetics 1
CHEM 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I 1
MATH 151
Engineering Mathematics I
or Analytic Geometry and Calculus
4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Free elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 102 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 3
CHEM 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II 1
ENGL 210 Technical and Business Writing 3
MATH 152
Engineering Mathematics II
or Calculus
4
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 227 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
MATH 251 Engineering Mathematics III 2 3
University Core Curriculum 2 3
Free elective 1 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
CHEM 228 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 238 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
GENE 302 Principles of Genetics 3
GENE 312 Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory 1
PHYS 218 Mechanics 4
University Core Curriculum 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
BICH 404 Biochemical Calculations 2
BICH 440 Biochemistry I 3 3
BICH 491 Research 1
CHEM 327 Physical Chemistry I 3
PHYS 208 Electricity and Optics 4
University Core Curriculum 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
BICH 441 Biochemistry II 3
BICH 414
Biochemical Techniques I
or Laboratory in Molecular Genetics
2
BICH 491 Research 1
CHEM 328 Physical Chemistry II 3
University Core Curriculum 2 3
Free elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
BICH 431/GENE 431 Molecular Genetics 3
BICH 491 Research 1
BIOL 351 Fundamentals of Microbiology 4
Biochemistry elective 4 3
University Core Curriculum 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
BICH 491 Research 5 1
Biochemistry elective 4 3
University Core Curriculum 2 6
Free electives 1 5
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

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