BS Chemistry: Biochemistry

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry provides students interested in pursuing careers in the chemical sciences, biotechnology, or healthcare related professional degrees, such as medical, optometry, and dental programs.

Key Program Features

Effectively communicate science through written reports and papers; oral and poster presentations; recognizing, reading, and understanding scientific literature.

Function in a professional environment by working as a team, managing time and projects effectively, compliance with all safety and regulatory guidelines.

Demonstrate the skills required to be a successful scientist through use of the scientific method; proficiency in field and laboratory skills and equipment use; demonstration of quantitative skills including graphing and analyzing data; proficiency with relevant computer software; and maintenance of appropriate records.

Demonstration of content knowledge through understanding and explanation of fundamental concepts of the chemical substances and processes that occur in plants, animals, and microorganisms and of the changes they undergo during development and life. It draws on the techniques of organic, analytical, physical, and inorganic chemistry concerned with the molecular basis of life.

Program Details

Our students have the opportunity to participate in unique faculty-driven research projects not available at other schools of our size, making our programs exceptionally strong.  Our faculty are experts in their field and provide students with a learning environment that cultivates critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Students learn to apply the scientific method to practical problems in the sciences, developing hypotheses and experimental procedures to test these hypotheses.  They learn basic field and laboratory skills and how to use equipment that is common in most biomedical science laboratories.  In addition, our students gain quantitative skills including graphing and data analysis using relevant computer software.

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Core Requirements (49sh)

  • CHEM 221 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 222 General Chemistry II
  • CHE 320/320L Analytic Chemistry & Lab
  • CHE 331 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHE 332 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHE 420 Biochemistry I
  • CHE 421 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHE 422 Physical Chemistry II
  • CHE 431 Inorganic Chemistry
  • MAT 255 Calculus I
  • MAT 256 Calculus II
  • PHY 331 University Physics I
  • PHY 332 University Physics II

Biochemistry (18sh)

  • BIO 120 Principles of Biology
  • BIO 120L Principles of Biology Lab
  • BIO 245 Molecular Biology of the Cell
  • BIO 350 Genetics
  • BIO 420L Biochemistry Lab
  • BIO 350 Genetics
  • CHE 420 L Biochemistry Lab
  • CHE 425 Biochemistry II

Choose 4sh from the following courses:

  • BIO 315 Research Methods
  • CHE 461 Senior Research & Seminar I
  • CHE 462 Senior Research & Seminar II
  • CHE 463 Senior Research & Seminar III
  • CHE 470 Special Topics in Chemistry
  • Medical School
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Physician Assistant School
  • Physical Therapy School
  • Dental School
  • Biochemist
  • Chemist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Research Scientist
  • Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control Inspector
  • Pharmaceutical Scientist
  • Teacher