Biochemistry Major

The biochemistry major is ideal for students pursuing graduate and professional degrees in the biochemical or allied health professions. A strong background in chemistry and biology is provided with flexibility in biological and chemical specialization to enable students to pursue their personal interests in this dynamic field. The biochemistry major offers an excellent preparation for medical, pharmacy, or dental programs.

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Freshman Level

  • CHEM 121/122 General Chemistry I/Lab
  • CHEM 131/132 General Chemistry II/Lab
  • MATH 170 Calculus I
  • MATH 171 Calculus II

Sophomore Level

  • BIO 142/143 Cellular and Molecular Biology/Lab
  • BIO 310/311 Genetics/Lab
  • CHEM 240/241 Organic Chemistry I/Lab
  • CHEM 242/243 Organic Chemistry II/Lab
  • PHYS 201/203 General Physics I/Lab
  • PHYS 202/206 General Physics II/Lab

Junior/Senior Level

  • CHEM 230/231 Quantitative Analysis/Lab
  • CHEM 331/332 Biochemistry I/Lab
  • CHEM 338/339 Biochemistry II/Lab
  • CHEM 341 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 409 Seminar
  • CHEM 410 Research I
  • Major Elective Course
  • Major Elective Course
  • Major Elective Course
  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course

Major Elective Courses (Select 3: At least 1 must be a BIO course. At least 2 must contain a lab component.)

  • BIO 200/201 Microbiology/Lab
  • BIO 244/245 Histology/Lab
  • BIO 330/331 Immunology/Lab
  • BIO 334/325 Human Anatomy/Lab
  • BIO 344/345 Human Physiology/Lab
  • BIO 360/361 Systems Physiology/Lab
  • BIO 430 Molecular Biology
  • CHEM 333/334 Instrumental Analysis/Lab
  • CHEM 335/336 Spectral Interpretation/Lab
  • CHEM 343 Experimental Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 351 Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 411 Research II
  • CHEM 420 Chemical Biology
  • CHEM 314 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • FRSC 360 Forensic Chemistry
  • MATH 233 Calculus III
To prepare for standardized exams, pre-medical students should enroll in Biochemistry I/Lab at the junior level.
– At least 121 credit hours are required for graduation. All of the courses listed here total 121-123.