Biochemistry - Bachelor of Science

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework. All departmental and nondepartmental requirements may not be taken S/U and must earn a C- or better final grade.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1 14
English Composition - Level 2
ENGL 2210GProfessional & Technical Communication (Recommended)3
Oral Communication
COMM 1115GIntroduction to Communication (Recommended)3
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 1511GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I 24
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 34
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for CHEM Majors
General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 34
General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for CHEM Majors
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective
MATH 1521GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II4
or MATH 1521H Calculus and Analytic Geometry II Honors
Viewing A Wider World 46
Departmental/College Requirements
CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 314Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 371Analytical Chemistry4
BCHE 140Introduction to Biochemistry1
BCHE 395Biochemistry I3
BCHE 396Biochemistry II3
BCHE 424Experimental Biochemistry I3
BCHE 425Experimental Biochemistry II3
BCHE 440Biochemistry Seminar1
Physical Chemistry Requirement, select one from the following:6
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry II
6
Physical Chemistry
and Inorganic Structure and Bonding
6
Physical Chemistry
and Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
6
Physical Chemistry
and Physical Biochemistry
6
Elective requirement: select one from the following additional classes not used to fulfill another departmental requirement:3
Physical Biochemistry3
Special Topics3
Special Topics (by petition only)3
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
A ST 311Statistical Applications3
BIOL 2110G
BIOL 2110L
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
BIOL 311General Microbiology3
BIOL 311 LGeneral Microbiology Laboratory2
BIOL 305Principles of Genetics3
or GENE 320 Hereditary and Population Genetics
BIOL 377Cell Biology3
Select one from the following:3
Mechanics 53
Algebra-Based Physics I3
General Physics for Life Science I3
Calculus -Based Physics I3
Select one from the following:3
Electricity and Magnetism 63
Algebra-Based Physics II3
General Physics for Life Science II3
Calculus -Based Physics II3
Select one from the following:1
Experimental Mechanics 71
Algebra-Based Physics I Lab1
Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I1
Calculus -Based Physics I Lab1
Select one from the following:1
Electricity & Magnetism Laboratory 71
Algebra-Based Physics II Lab1
Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science II1
Calculus -Based Physics II Lab1
Second Language Requirement: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120
Select sufficient electives to bring total credits to 120, including 48 upper division.18
Total Credits120
1

See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses

2

MATH 1511G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I is required for the degree but students may need to take any prerequisites needed to enter MATH 1511G first.

3

CHEM 1216 General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for CHEM Majors and CHEM 1226 General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for CHEM Majors are recommended and are acceptable General Education substitutions for CHEM 1215G General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors and CHEM 1225G General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors but will need a degree audit exception that can be coordinated with your advisor.

4

 See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses

5

PHYS 2110 Mechanics is the recommended Physics I course for B.S. majors. PHYS 1230G Algebra-Based Physics I, PHYS 2230G General Physics for Life Science I, and PHYS 1310G Calculus -Based Physics I are acceptable and are recommended in the decreasing order listed. 

6
PHYS 2140 Electricity and Magnetism is the recommended Physics II course for B.S. majors. PHYS 1240G Algebra-Based Physics IIPHYS 2240G General Physics for Life Science II, and PHYS 1240G Algebra-Based Physics II are acceptable and are recommended in the decreasing order listed. Students are highly cautioned to check prerequisites for the individual courses when schedule planning.
7

Students are strongly encouraged to verify prerequisite/corequisite requirements for Physics labs when schedule planning.

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Science with a major in Biochemistry there is no second language requirement for the degree.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1511G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I and ENGL 1110G Composition I. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 1110G Composition I 1 4
MATH 1511G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 1 4
CHEM 1216 General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for CHEM Majors 4
BCHE 140 Introduction to Biochemistry 1
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course 2 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
MATH 1521G
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 1
or Calculus and Analytic Geometry II Honors
4
BIOL 2110G
BIOL 2110L
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory 1
4
CHEM 1226 General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for CHEM Majors 4
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Semester 1
ENGL 2210G Professional & Technical Communication 1 3
BIOL 305
Principles of Genetics 1
or Hereditary and Population Genetics
3
CHEM 313 Organic Chemistry I 1 3
Choose from one of the following: 4
Mechanics
and Experimental Mechanics 1
 
Algebra-Based Physics I
and Algebra-Based Physics I Lab 1
 
General Physics for Life Science I
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I 1
 
Calculus -Based Physics I
and Calculus -Based Physics I Lab 1
 
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
COMM 1115G Introduction to Communication 3
CHEM 314
CHEM 315
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
5
Choose from one of the following: 4
Electricity and Magnetism
and Electricity & Magnetism Laboratory 1
 
Algebra-Based Physics II
and Algebra-Based Physics II Lab 1
 
General Physics for Life Science II
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science II 1
 
Calculus -Based Physics II
and Calculus -Based Physics II Lab 1
 
Elective Course 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Semester 1
A ST 311 Statistical Applications 1 3
BIOL 377 Cell Biology 1 3
BCHE 395 Biochemistry I 1 3
CHEM 371 Analytical Chemistry 1 4
Elective Course 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
BCHE 396 Biochemistry II 1 3
BIOL 311
311 L
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory 1
5
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits14
Fourth Year
Semester 1
BCHE 440 Biochemistry Seminar 1 1
BCHE 424 Experimental Biochemistry I 3
Choose from one of the following: 6
Physical Chemistry
and Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
 
Physical Chemistry
and Inorganic Structure and Bonding
 
Physical Chemistry
and Physical Biochemistry
 
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry II
 
Elective Course 3
 Credits13
Semester 2
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
BCHE 425 Experimental Biochemistry II 3
BCHE 432 Physical Biochemistry 4 3
BCHE 451 Special Topics 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120
1

These courses may have prerequisites and/or co-requisites, and it is the students responsibility for checking and fulfilling all those requirements.

2

See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

3

See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

4

The BCHE 432 Physical Biochemistry is highly recommended for all Biochemistry majors. This course can be used to satisfy the physical chemistry requirement after taking CHEM 431 Physical Chemistry requirement. If another course is used (e.g. CHEM 356 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry) then BCHE 432 Physical Biochemistry should be used to satisfy the Biochemistry Elective requirement.