Feb 25, 2021
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 Major Change (CODO) Requirements
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
University Core Requirements
For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
- Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
- Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
- Information Literacy (IL)
- Oral Communication (OC)
- Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
- Science #1 (SCI)
- Science #2 (SCI)
- Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
- Written Communication (WC)
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
- Humanities or Social Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Written or Oral Communication Selective (20000+ level) - 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.
World Language Courses
World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.
ASL-American Sign Language
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