Mar 18, 2018  
2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog

Biochemistry: Pre-Med Concentration, BS

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About the Program

Biochemistry, the chemistry of living things, addresses the basic materials and processes of life itself. Biochemists investigate the chemical nature of such fundamental processes as the regulation of gene expression, the hormonal control of cell proliferation and differentiation. Knowledge of the molecular underpinnings of biological materials allows us to understand life processes and solve basic biological problems.

Students in the Department of Biochemistry, historically situated in the College of Agriculture, enjoy close mentoring by faculty through smaller class sizes and academic advising. Another strength of our program is that we strongly promote hands-on research and critical thinking skills. All students in the department participate in undergraduate research supervised by a faculty member.

There is also an opportunity to complete a five-year dual degree with biological engineering following acceptance into the College of Engineering.

How to apply to Biochemistry in the College of Agriculture

Biochemistry Website

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (113-114 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (89-93 credits)

Electives (6 - 7 credits)

College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements

  • 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree
  • 32 Upper division credits taken from Purdue
  • 9 credits International Understanding
  • 3 credits Multicultural Awareness
  • 9 credits of Hum and/or Social Sciences outside the College of Agriculture

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Additional Degree Requirements

For supplemental information click here .

Program Requirements

14 Credits

17-18 Credits

15 Credits

16 Credits

14 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

13 Credits

16 Credits


2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

Official and complete prerequisite lists are in the course catalog; the incomplete listing presented here regards this program and course sequencing.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

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