The Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, BaccMed track, is specifically designed for students interested in seeking degrees as primary care physicians.  The cross-disciplinary nature of the degree provides a student with a good foundation in the sciences, psychology, sociology, and public health.  The student will not only be well prepared for the rigors of medical school, but he or she will also be aware of the issues facing health care professionals as well as be better able to deal with a diverse population.

Learning Outcomes

The learning objectives for the major in Biochemistry, BaccMed Track are as follows:

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry and biology, and they will develop an appreciation for the interrelationship between these two disciplines as they apply to the field of biochemistry.
  • Students will demonstrate independent and critical thinking.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in the use of modern scientific instrumentation.
  • Students should be able to interpret experimental data.
  • Students will effectively communicate information orally and/or in writing.
COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
MATH 1571Calculus 1 (also required for the major)4
General Education Knowledge Domains
Some courses are categorized in more than one knowledge domain. Courses can only be used once within the General Education model.
Arts & Humanities: 2 courses (6 s.h.)6
Natural Sciences: 2 courses, one must include a lab (7 s.h.)7
(courses below are required for the BS Biochemistry major and fulfill the Natural Sciences General Education requirement)
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
Social Science: 2 courses (6 s.h.)6
General Psychology
Social & Personal Awareness: 2 courses (6 s.h.)6
Fundamentals of Public Health
Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare
General Education Elective: 1 course - NOTE: Beginning Fall 2017, students should take STEM 1520, STEM First Year Orientation (2 sh), to fulfill this requirement.
The following CHEM core courses are required (38 s.h.):
CHEM 1515
1515L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 1515RRecitation for General Chemistry 11
CHEM 1516
1516L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
CHEM 1516RRecitation for General Chemistry 21
CHEM 2604
2604L
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
5
CHEM 3719
3719L
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 3719ROrganic Chemistry Recitation 11
CHEM 3720
3720L
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
CHEM 3720ROrganic Chemistry Recitation 21
CHEM 3739
3739L
Physical Chemistry 1
and Physical Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 3785Biochemistry 13
CHEM 3785LBiochemistry Laboratory1
CHEM 3786Biochemistry 23
CHEM 5876Enzyme Analysis2
The following capstone is required (3 s.h.):
CHEM 4850Chemistry Research1
CHEM 4850LChemistry Research Laboratory2
The following BIOL core courses are required (14 s.h.):
BIOL 2603Integrated Biology for BS/MD4
BIOL 3702
3702L
Microbiology
and Microbiology Laboratory
4
BIOL 3711Cell Biology: Fine Structure3
BIOL 3721Genetics3
The following non-CHEM courses are required (22 s.h.):
MATH 1581HHonors Biomathematics 24
or MATH 1571 Calculus 1
MATH 1572Calculus 24
STAT 3743Probability and Statistics4
or STAT 3717 Statistical Methods
PHYS 2610
2610L
General Physics 1
and General Physics laboratory 1
5
PHYS 2611General Physics 24
PHYS 2611LGeneral Physics laboratory 21
Required Electives:
Select 7 s.h. in upper level CHEM electives (3000 or higher) from the list below. It is recommended that one elective course includes a laboratory.
CHEM 3729Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 3764Chemical Toxicology3
CHEM 4850LChemistry Research Laboratory2-3
CHEM 4891Special Topics1-3
CHEM 5804
5804L
Chemical Instrumentation
and Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory
4
CHEM 5821Intermediate Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 5822
5822L
Advanced Organic Laboratory
and Advanced Organic Laboratory
4
CHEM 5832
5832L
Solid State Structural Methods
and Solid State Structural Methods Laboratory
3
Select 3 s.h. in upper-level BIOL courses from the list below.
BIOL 3703Clinical Immunology3
BIOL 3730Human Physiology4
BIOL 4829Microbial Physiology3
BIOL 4836
4836L
Cell Biology: Molecular Mechanisms
and Cell Biology: Molecular Mechanisms Laboratory
3
BIOL 4837Cell Biology: Protein Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 4890Molecular Genetics3
BIOL 4890LMolecular Genetics Laboratory1
BIOL 5840Advanced Microbiology3
Other Required Courses:
PHLT 3709Elements of Urban Environmental Health Practices3
PHLT 3725Topics in Public Health3
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
SummerS.H.
Second Summer Session  
BIOL 2603 Integrated Biology for BS/MD 4
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
 Semester Hours7
Fall
CHEM 1515
1515L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 1515R
Recitation for General Chemistry 1
or Calculus 1
1
MATH 1571 Calculus 1 4
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
GER Social Sciences 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
CHEM 1516
1516L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
CHEM 1516R Recitation for General Chemistry 2 1
MATH 1572 Calculus 2 4
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
BIOL 3711 Cell Biology: Fine Structure 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 2
Summer
First Summer Session  
CHEM 3719
3719L
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 3719R Organic Chemistry Recitation 1 1
PHLT 1531 Fundamentals of Public Health 3
Second Summer Session  
CHEM 3720
3720L
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
CHEM 3720R Organic Chemistry Recitation 2 1
SOC 3745 Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare 3
 Semester Hours16
Fall
CHEM 3785 Biochemistry 1 3
CHEM 3785L Biochemistry Laboratory 1
PHYS 2610 General Physics 1 4
PHYS 2610L General Physics laboratory 1 1
BIOL 3721 Genetics 3
BIOL 3702
3702L
Microbiology
and Microbiology Laboratory
4
 Semester Hours16
Spring
CHEM 3786 Biochemistry 2 3
CHEM 5876 Enzyme Analysis 2
PHYS 2611 General Physics 2 4
PHYS 2611L General Physics laboratory 2 1
STAT 3743
Probability and Statistics
or Statistical Methods
4
 Semester Hours14
Year 3
Summer
First Summer Session  
CHEM 2604
2604L
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
5
Second Summer Session  
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
GER Arts & Humanities 3
 Semester Hours11
Fall
CHEM 3739
3739L
Physical Chemistry 1
and Physical Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 4850 Chemistry Research 1
CHEM Upper-level Elective 4
PHLT 3709 Elements of Urban Environmental Health Practices 3
 Semester Hours12
Spring
CHEM 4850L Chemistry Research Laboratory 2
CHEM Upper-level Elective 3
BIOL Upper-level Elective 3
PHLT 3725 Topics in Public Health 3
GER Arts & Humanities 3
 Semester Hours14
 Total Semester Hours120