Accelerated B.S. Biochemistry

Accelerated BS to MS Program

Students accepted into an accelerated undergraduate program may take departmentally approved graduate coursework as part of their undergraduate curriculum.  These credits will count towards both their bachelor's and master's degrees and can fulfill major requirements, upper-division requirements, and/or free electives.  For details on accelerated programs at Idaho State University, please see (Degree Requirements). 

Once accepted into an accelerated degree program, it is strongly recommended for students to stay in close communication with their advisor regarding pursuit of acceptance into the Graduate School and the master's degree program at Idaho State University. Acceptance into an accelerated program during the bachelor's degree program is the first step in the admissions process. A separate application to the Graduate School is necessary for all accelerated programs. For more information regarding application and admission to the Graduate School at Idaho State University, please see the Graduate Admissions section of the graduate catalog (

Biochemistry Accelerated Criteria 

(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.

Including the University General Education Requirements listed elsewhere (8 of the 9 General Education Objectives, a minimum of 36 credits--see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Information section of this catalog), the program of study for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree totals a minimum of 120 credits as follows:

General Education

The listing below includes program requirements that also fulfill General Education requirements.

Objective 1 - ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102 16
Objective 2 - COMM 11013
Objective 3 - MATH 11704
Objective 46
Objective 5 - BIOL 1101,1101L & CHEM 11119
Objective 66
Students must fulfill Objective 7 or Objective 83
Objective 7
Objective 8
Objective 93
Total Credits40

“P” courses are equivalent to the original course.     

Major Requirements*

BIOL 1101
Biology I
and Biology I Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
BIOL 1102
Biology II
and Biology II Lab
BIOL 2233
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Lab
BIOL 3358Genetics3
BIOL 4437Experimental Biochemistry1
CHEM 4438/5538Experimental Biochemistry1
BIOL 4444
Molecular Biology
and Molecular Biology Lab
BIOL 4445Biochemistry I3
CHEM 4445/5545Biochemistry I3
BIOL 4447Biochemistry II3
CHEM 4447/5547Biochemistry II3
BIOL/CHEM 4498Seminar in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology1
CHEM 1111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
CHEM 1112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
CHEM 2232
CHEM 2234
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
CHEM 3301
CHEM 3303
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 3302
CHEM 3304
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
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
PHYS 1112
PHYS 1114
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5) 4
Total Credits 73

Students must pass core classes with a grade of C- or better.


May elect to take BIOL 2206 and BIOL 2207 instead of BIOL 2233 and BIOL 2233L.


May elect to take CHEM 3351 and CHEM 3352 instead of CHEM 3341 and CHEM 3342.


PHYS 2211, PHYS 2212, PHYS 2213, and PHYS 2214 may be taken to fulfill the Physics requirement on the core curriculum.  

 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
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
BIOL 3302
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab
BIOL 3303
Principles of Animal Physiology
and Principles of Animal Physiology Lab
BIOL 3314
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Lab
BIOL 3324
Developmental Biology
and Developmental Biology Lab
BIOL 4404
Plant Physiology
and Plant Physiology Lab
BIOL 4417Organic Evolution3
BIOL 4433
Microbial Physiology
and Microbial Physiology Laboratory
BIOL 4434
Microbial Diversity
and Microbial Diversity Lab
BIOL 4443Endocrinology3
BIOL 4449Human Physiology I4
BIOL 4451
and Immunology Laboratory
BIOL 4453Foundations in Neuroscience3
BIOL 4456Human Physiology II4
BIOL 4461Microbial Genetics3
BIOL 4473
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
and Applied Environmental Microbiology Lab
BIOL 4475General Virology3
BIOL 4481
BIOL 4482
Independent Problems
and Independent Problems
max 2
BIOL 4498Seminar in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology1

 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
CHEM 3365
CHEM 3366
Synthetic Methods
and Synthetic Methods Laboratory
CHEM 4407/5507Inorganic Chemistry II 12
CHEM 4433
CHEM 4437
Environmental Chemistry
and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 5533
CHEM 5537
Environmental Chemistry
and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
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

Up to 6 credits at the 5500-level may simultaneously count toward both BS and MS degree requirements of students accepted into the BS/MS program. 

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

Prerequisites include CHEM 2211CHEM 2213, and CHEM 3351.


Corequisite is CHEM 3351.


Corequisite is CHEM 3352

Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements0
General Education40
Major Requirements (Required General Education credits removed.)80
Upper Division Free Electives0
Free Electives0
Total Credits120

ISU Degree Requirements

ISU General Education

Major Academic Plan (MAP)