academics

Biochemistry

Coordinators: M. Larson, J. Mays

The foundations of biology are rooted in chemistry,but increasingly advances in scientific endeavor are predicated on the interchange of ideas and concepts across many broad fields of science. This major is designed to provide the student with cross-disciplinary experiences across much of the natural sciences – chemistry,biology, physics, and mathematics. The intention is to provide graduates with the ability to readily integrate these disciplines and to provide the tools necessary to break boundaries in scientific exploration. Students in this rigorous, interdisciplinary major are precluded from declaring majors in either chemistry or biology, which will allow a greater capacity to take classes outside of the natural sciences. The major is designated ACS-approved.

Related Information:
Biology Major and Biology Course Descriptions
Chemistry Major and Chemistry Course Descriptions
General Education Requirements & Information

Biochemistry Major:

68 credit hours

BIOL 120 — Biological Principles I (4 cr)
BIOL 233 — Genetics (4 cr)
BIOL 234 — Cell Biology (4 cr)
BIOL 354 — Biological Chemistry w/ Lab (4 cr)
CHEM 120 — Introduction to Chemistry (4 cr)
CHEM 201 — Organic Chemistry I (4 cr)
CHEM 202 — Organic Chemistry II (4 cr)
CHEM 222 — Inorganic Chemistry (4 cr)
CHEM 242 — Analysis (4 cr)
CHEM 301 — Physical Chemistry I (4 cr)
CHEM 330 — Medicinal Chemistry and Biochemistry (4 cr)
MATH 151 — Calculus I (4 cr)
MATH 152 — Calculus II (4 cr)
PHYS 221 — General Physics I (4 cr)
PHYS 222 — General Physics II (4 cr)

Choose 1 Biology and 1 Chemistry course from the following options:

BIOL 303 — Biological Physics (4 cr)
BIOL 358 — Molecular Biology (4 cr)
BIOL 364 — Pharmacology (4 cr)
CHEM 302 — Physical Chemistry II (4 cr)
CHEM 311 — Advanced Analytical Chemistry (4 cr)
CHEM 331 — Advanced Organic Chemistry (4 cr)
CHEM 341 — Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4 cr)
CHEM 351 — The Chemistry of High Polymers (4 cr)
CHEM 381 — Advanced Physical Chemistry (4 cr)