Apr 15, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry, B.S.

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Program Learning Outcomes

1)  Demonstrate a broad-based knowledge and comprehension of the salient properties and functions of the main classes of biomolecules required to sustain life, as well as the central metabolic, regulatory and bioenergetic pathways required for the viability of biological cells.
2)  Demonstrate a basic understanding of the laboratory techniques used in biochemistry and related areas.
3)  Display an ability to effectively communicate (both written and orally) important biochemical concepts and methods.
4)  Be able to understand and interpret key biochemical research data from the primary literature.

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)

Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 72

Seven credits from among:

Related Requirements: (19 Credits)

Minimum Competence Requirement

Students must attain a grade of C- or better in all required Chemistry and Biology courses before those courses can be used as prerequisites for another course:

Department Writing Requirement

The biochemistry writing requirement will be met by successful completion (grade of C- or better) in the Senior Biochemistry Seminar of which an integral part is the successful writing of a formal biochemistry review paper of 8-12 pages. The paper is retained by the department in which the student is advised.

Outline/Advising Guide

For Students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022:

First Year

Second Year

Fall (15-16 Credit Hours)

Spring (15 Credit Hours)


CHEM 216  (either in fall or spring, but if one takes CHEM 224  then CHEM 216  should be taken in the spring)

Third Year

Fall (17-18 Credit Hours)

Spring (14-15 Credit Hours)

Fourth Year

Fall (13-14 Credit Hours)

Spring (10-16 Credit Hours)

Total Credit Hours: 120

The biochemistry major can lead to a variety of professional and vocational pursuits, and career goals should be considered when selecting electives. Students should discuss choices with their advisors, who can suggest electives for a variety of options. A few examples follow.

Bioorganic Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Chemistry


Where no prerequisites apply, some variation in the order or semester in which courses are taken is possible. Students should consult their academic advisors for additional information.

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