B.S. Biochemistry

(This degree appears in the Biological Sciences and Chemistry sections of the catalog.)

Two departments - Biological Sciences and Chemistry - jointly offer the B.S. degree in Biochemistry. The curriculum is designed to prepare the student for graduate work in biochemistry and related fields, as well as for admission to medical, dental, or other health professional schools. The graduate is also prepared to go directly into research or industrial positions which require preparation only at the B.S. level.

The purpose of the B.S. in Biochemistry is to serve students who seek to develop a strong background in biochemistry and the supporting sciences of biology, chemistry, and physics. Majors also gain experience in the broad areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, and medical and/or ecological applications of each. Majors gain experience that will prepare them to participate in research development, planning and implementation, and to be competent to carry out standard biochemical and molecular biology techniques in the laboratory. The B.S. in Biochemistry prepares students to be competitive for positions in research, graduate schools, health profession schools, and in the biotechnology industry.

Core Requirements1

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science must satisfy all of the General Education Objectives (a minimum of 24 credits; Objectives 3 and 5 are satisfied in the core--see the General Education Requirements described in the Academic Information section of this catalog). Students must also satisfy the core requirements listed below and at least 20 credits of elective courses selected from Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. In order to make timely progress toward the degree, it is imperative that the student work closely with a major advisor. All graduates of this program will earn a B.S. in Biochemistry.

BIOL 1101
1101L
Biology I
and Biology I Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
4
BIOL 1102
1102L
Biology II
and Biology II Lab
4
BIOL 2235
2235L
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab 2
4
BIOL 3358Genetics3
BIOL 4437/CHEM 4438Experimental Biochemistry1
BIOL 4444
4444L
Cell and Molecular Biology
and Cell and Molecular Biology Lab
4
BIOL/CHEM 4445Biochemistry I3
BIOL/CHEM 4447Biochemistry II3
BIOL/CHEM 4498Seminar in Biochemistry1
CHEM 1111
1111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
5
CHEM 1112
1112L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
4
CHEM 2232
CHEM 2234
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
4
CHEM 3301
CHEM 3303
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 3302
CHEM 3304
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
4
CHEM 3341Topics in Physical Chemistry I 33
CHEM 3342Topics in Physical Chemistry II 33
MATH 1170Calculus I (Satisfies General Education Objective 3)4
MATH 1175Calculus II4
PHYS 1111
PHYS 1113
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5) 4
4
PHYS 1112
PHYS 1114
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5) 4
4
Additional General Education Requirements24
An additional 6 credits from any college or department6
Total Credits100

Electives

Students must take a minimum of 20 elective credits from the list below, with at least 8 credits in Biological Sciences (BIOL), 8 credits in Chemistry (CHEM), and 4 additional credits in either Biological Sciences (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), Mathematics (MATH), or Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSCI).

Courses in Biological Sciences:

BIOL 3301
3301L
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
4
BIOL 3302
3302L
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab
4
BIOL 3304
3304L
Comparative Vertebrate Morphology and Physiology
and Vertebrate Morphology and Physiology Lab
5
BIOL 3324
3324L
Developmental Biology
and Developmental Biology Lab
4
BIOL 4404
4404L
Plant Physiology
and Plant Physiology Lab
4
BIOL 4417Organic Evolution3
BIOL 4433
4433L
Microbial Physiology
and Microbial Physiology Laboratory
4
BIOL 4434
4434L
Microbial Diversity
and Microbial Diversity Lab
4
BIOL 4443Endocrinology3
BIOL 4449Human Physiology I4
BIOL 4451
4451L
Immunology
and Immunology Laboratory
4
BIOL 4453Foundations in Neuroscience3
BIOL 4456Human Physiology II4
BIOL 4461Advanced Genetics3
BIOL 4473
4473L
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
and Applied Environmental Microbiology Lab
4
BIOL 4475General Virology3
BIOL 4477Bacterial Virology Laboratory1
or BIOL 4478 Animal Virology Laboratory
BIOL 4481
BIOL 4482
Independent Problems
and Independent Problems
max 2
BIOL 4494Seminar in Microbiology1

Courses in Chemistry:

CHEM 2211Inorganic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2213Inorganic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHEM 3311
CHEM 3312
Introduction to Research
and Introduction to Research
max 2
CHEM 3331
CHEM 3334
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
4
CHEM 3365
CHEM 3366
Synthetic Methods
and Synthetic Methods Laboratory
4
CHEM 4407Inorganic Chemistry II 12
CHEM 4433
CHEM 4437
Environmental Chemistry
and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
3
CHEM 4451Physical Chemistry Laboratory I 21
CHEM 4452Physical Chemistry Laboratory II 31
CHEM 4481
CHEM 4482
Independent Problems in Chemistry
and Independent Problems in Chemistry
max 2
CHEM 4485Senior Researchmax 1
CHEM 4491Seminar1

Courses in Mathematics:

MATH 2240Linear Algebra3
MATH 2275Calculus III4
MATH 3360Differential Equations3

Courses in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences:

PSCI 2205Drugs in Society2
PSCI 3301Introduction to Pharmacology3
PSCI 3308Drug Discovery2
PSCI 3353Introduction to Methods in Pharmaceutical Sciences2
PSCI 4407Pharmacogenomics2
PSCI 4408Medicinal Chemistry3
PSCI 4440Fundamentals of Nanoscience3