Jan 27, 2022
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
120 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Courses (22 credits)
Required Major Courses (22 credits)
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (91-92 credits)
Electives (6-7 credits)
- Electives - Credit Hours: 6.00-7.00
College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements
- 2.00 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
- 32 Upper division credits taken from Purdue
- International Understanding Selective - Credit Hours: 9.00
- Multicultural Awareness Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- 6 Credits: Written/Oral Communication or Social Science and Humanities categories must come from 30000+ courses or above - Credit Hours: 3.00 AND Written/Oral Communication or Social Science and Humanities categories must come from 30000+ or above or from a course with a required pre-requisite in the same department - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Humanities and/or Social Sciences outside the College of Agriculture - Credit Hours: 9.00
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.
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
Fall 4th Year
- BCHM 49800 - Research In Biochemistry
- Bioinformatics Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Economics Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Written or Oral Communication Selective (20000+ level) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Humanities or Social Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
- Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.
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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