The Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry is recommended for those students interested in integrating the subjects of biology and chemistry. The cross-disciplinary nature of the degree provides students with a good foundation for careers in research and development in the private sector and in academia. Many will continue their education in graduate schools or in health related fields such as medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy.

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies
ENGL 1550Writing 13
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
STEM 1520STEM First Year Orientation2
Mathematics requirement included in the major.
General Education Knowledge Domains
Some couses are categorized in more than one knowledge domain. Courses can only be used once within the GE model.
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Sciences (2 courses, one must include a lab) - NS requirement included in the major.
Social Science6
Social and Personal Awareness6
The following CHEM core courses are required (41 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 4850Chemistry Research1
CHEM 4850LChemistry Research Laboratory2
CHEM 5876Enzyme Analysis2
Select 10 s.h. in upper-level CHEM electives from list below. At least 4 s.h. must include an upper-level laboratory:10
Inorganic Chemistry
Chemical Toxicology
Chemistry Research Laboratory
Special Topics
Chemical Instrumentation
and Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory
Intermediate Organic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Laboratory
and Advanced Organic Laboratory
Solid State Structural Methods
and Solid State Structural Methods Laboratory
The following BIOL core courses are required (14 s.h.):
BIOL 2601
2601L
General Biology: Molecules and Cells
and General Biology: Molecules and Cells Laboratory
4
BIOL 3702
3702L
Microbiology
and Microbiology Laboratory
4
BIOL 3711Cell Biology: Fine Structure3
BIOL 3721Genetics3
Select at least 4 s.h. in upper-level BIOL courses from the list below:4
Bioinformatics
and Bioinformatics Laboratory
Environmental Microbiology
and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory
Microbial Physiology
Cell Biology: Molecular Mechanisms
and Cell Biology: Molecular Mechanisms Laboratory
Cell Biology: Protein Biology Laboratory
Molecular Genetics
Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Advanced Microbiology
The following support courses are required (22 s.h.):
MATH 1571Calculus 14
MATH 1572Calculus 24
STAT 3717Statistical Methods4
or STAT 3743 Probability and Statistics
PHYS 2610General Physics 14
PHYS 2610LGeneral Physics laboratory 11
PHYS 2611General Physics 24
PHYS 2611LGeneral Physics laboratory 21
Total Semester Hours120
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
CHEM 1515
1515L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 1515R Recitation for General Chemistry 1 1
MATH 1571 Calculus 1 4
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
STEM 1520 STEM First Year Orientation 2
 Semester Hours14
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
BIOL 2601
2601L
General Biology: Molecules and Cells
and General Biology: Molecules and Cells Laboratory
4
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Fall
CHEM 3719
3719L
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 3719R Organic Chemistry Recitation 1 1
CHEM 2604
2604L
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
5
PHYS 2610 General Physics 1 4
PHYS 2610L General Physics laboratory 1 1
 Semester Hours15
Spring
CHEM 3720
3720L
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
CHEM 3720R Organic Chemistry Recitation 2 1
PHYS 2611 General Physics 2 4
PHYS 2611L General Physics laboratory 2 1
STAT 3717
Statistical Methods
or Probability and Statistics
4
 Semester Hours14
Year 3
Fall
CHEM 3785 Biochemistry 1 3
CHEM 3785L Biochemistry Laboratory 1
CHEM 3739
3739L
Physical Chemistry 1
and Physical Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
BIOL 3721 Genetics 3
GER 6
 Semester Hours17
Spring
CHEM 3786 Biochemistry 2 3
CHEM 5876 Enzyme Analysis 2
BIOL 3711 Cell Biology: Fine Structure 3
BIOL 3702
3702L
Microbiology
and Microbiology Laboratory
4
GER 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
Fall
CHEM 4850 Chemistry Research 1
CHEM 4850L Chemistry Research Laboratory 2
CHEM Upper-Level Elective 6
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
GER 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
CHEM Upper-Level Elective 4
BIOL Upper-Level Elective 4
GER 6
 Semester Hours14
 Total Semester Hours120

Learning Outcomes

The undergraduate student learning outcomes for the major in chemistry are as follows:

  •  Students will demonstrate independent and critical thinking.
  •  Students will understand the fundamentals of modern chemical instrumentation.
  •  Students will understand the basic principles of the chemical disciplines included in their curriculum.
  •  Students will effectively communicate their ideas both orally and in writing.