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2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry (Biology), BS

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About the Program

Biochemistry investigates the chemical and molecular foundations of life processes. A student may study the transfer of genetic information into biological structures, the conversion of nutrients into cell constituents and their utilization as sources of energy, the storage of memory, and the chemical nature of neural processes. Laboratory techniques include electrophoresis, chromatography, Western blotting, protein sequence analysis, and peptide mapping. Understanding the development and application of enzymatic assays is fundamental to this field of study. This rigorous curriculum is excellent preparation for a number of careers in both academic and industrial research, including cancer and AIDS research, medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, structural biology, genetics, and medicinal chemistry and drug development.

Biochemistry (Biology) Website

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Biochemistry (Biology)  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.


120 Credits

Departmental/Program Major Courses (40-47 credits)

*A 2.0 average is required in these courses

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (70-82 credits)

  • Organic CHM 1 Selective - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • Organic CHM 2 Selective - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • Computer Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00

  • (satisfies Written Communication for core); (satisfies Information Literacy Selective for core) or
  • (satisfies Written Communication for core); (satisfies Information Literacy Selective for core)

  • Language & Culture 1 Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Language & Culture 2 Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Language & Culture 3 Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • (satisfies Oral Communication for core)
  • General Education 1 Selective (satisfies Human Culture Behavioral/Social Science for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education 2 Selective (satisfies Human Cultures Humanities for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education 3 Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Teambuilding & Collaboration Selective - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 3.00
  • Great Issues Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Multidisciplinary Selective - Credit Hours: 1.00 - 3.00

General CHM 1 Selective (0-4 credits)

Physical Chemistry Selective - Select from (4-6 credits)

PHYS 1 Selective - Select from (4 credits)

(satisfies Science Selective for core)

PHYS 2 Selective - Select from (4 credits)

Calculus 1 Selective - Select from (4-5 credits)

(satisfies Quantitative Reasoning Selective for core)

Electives (0-10 credits)

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

Program Requirements

17-18 Credits

Spring 1st Year

17-19 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15-16 Credits

Fall 4th Year

12-16 Credits

Spring 4th Year

14 Credits


120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

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

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Expired Course

Any course without a link to its description is one that has been expired.  However, this course could fulfill the degree requirement historically.

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