Biochemistry is the study of the chemicals and chemical interactions related to the biological processes of organisms.

Students in the biochemistry program study the chemistry of life.  Compounds studied include proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Virtually any biological function is a potential area of study. Common topics include the regulation of metabolism, the molecular basis of genetics, chemoluminescence, and the methods by which drugs affect organisms.

The Biochemistry major is an excellent choice for pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary students; for graduate study in biochemistry, biology, or chemistry; and for students who are interested in careers ranging from allied health professions, biochemical research in government and industrial laboratories to careers in forensics or the chemical or pharmaceutical industries.

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Suggested Four Year Course Plan

Biochemistry

Year 1
Fall Semester
(16 credits)
CHM190 General Chemistry 1 4
BIO190 Principles of Biology 1 4
MAT190 Calculus 1 4
ENG105 Expository Writing, Oral Comm. and Research 4
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0
Spring Semester
(15-16 credits)
CHM191 General Chemistry 2 4
BIO191 Principles of Biology 2 4
MAT191 Calculus 2 4
Liberal Education Requirement/General Elective 3-4
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0

 

Year 2
Fall Semester
(15-16 credits)
CHM201 Organic Chemistry 1 4
BIO280 General Microbiology 4
PHY190 Fund. of Physics 1 4
Liberal Education Requirement/General Elective 3-4
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0
Spring Semester
(14-16 credits)
CHM202 Organic Chemistry 2 4
PHY191 Fund. of Physics 2 4
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective 6-8
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0

 

Year 3
Fall Semester
(14-16 credits)
CHM/BIO307 Biochemistry 1 4
BIO351 Cell Biology 4
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective 6-8
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0
Spring Semester
(15-16 credits)
CHM409 Biochemistry 2 4
BIO358 Genetics 4
BIO354 Immunology 4
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective 3-4
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0

 

Year 4
Fall Semester
(15-16 credits)
CHM401 Physical Chemistry 1 4
BIO400/CHM400 Undergraduate Research* 1-4
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective 7-12
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0
Spring Semester (14-16 credits)
CHM402 Physical Chemistry 2 4
CHM 203 Quantitative Analysis 4
BIO400/CHM400 Undergraduate Research* 1-4
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective 3-8
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0

* Undergraduate Research is highly recommended.

All 4-credit science courses include a required laboratory component.