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The Biochemistry BA Program: Academic Requirements

To declare biochemistry as a major, students are required to have passed General Chemistry I and II (or the equivalent courses for transfer students) with grades of C or higher. Other courses required for the biochemistry major, including support courses but excluding the senior project, must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all biochemistry majors must complete the following requirements (83.5 credits):

Biology Courses (17.5 credits)

  1. BIO 1550/General Biology I: 4 credits
  2. BIO 1551/General Biology I Lab: 1.5 credits
  3. BIO 3530/Cell Biology: 4 credits*
  4. BIO 4620/Molecular Biology: 4 credits
  5. One advanced elective in biology: 4 credits minimum
    *When registering for BIO 3530, biochemistry majors will need to obtain an instructor override exempting them from two prerequisites—BIO 1560 and 2890 (not required for biochemistry majors).

Chemistry Courses (36 credits)

  1. CHE 1550/General Chemistry I: 4 credits
  2. CHE 1551/General Chemistry I Lab: 1 credit
  3. CHE 1560/General Chemistry II: 4 credits
  4. CHE 1561/General Chemistry II Lab: 1 credit
  5. CHE 3150/Chemical Instrumentation and Analytical Methods: 5 credits
  6. CHE 3310/Organic Chemistry I: 4 credits
  7. CHE 3311/Organic Chemistry I Lab: 1 credit
  8. CHE 3320/Organic Chemistry II: 4 credits
  9. CHE 3321/Organic Chemistry II Lab: 1 credit
  10. CHE 3510/Physical Chemistry I: 5 credits
  11. CHE 4610/Biochemistry: 4 credits
  12. CHE 4611/Biochemistry Lab: 2 credits

Support Courses (18 credits)

  1. MAT 1500/Calculus I: 4 credits
  2. MAT 1510/Calculus II: 4 credits
  3. PHY 1510/Introductory Physics I: 4 credits
  4. PHY 1511/Introductory Physics I Lab: 1 credit
  5. PHY 1520/Introductory Physics II: 4 credits
  6. PHY 1521/Introductory Physics II Lab: 1 credit

Biochemistry Courses (12 credits)

  1. BCM 3880/Biochemistry Junior Seminar: 2 credits
  2. BCM 4880/Biochemistry Senior Seminar I: 1 credit
  3. BCM 4890/Biochemistry Senior Seminar II: 1 credit
  4. SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  5. SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Updates to the 2013–15 College Catalog:

Effective Spring 2015:

Effective Fall 2014:

Updated April 23, 2015

Please direct updates for this page to the managing editor in the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs. Eight-semester plan updates or questions should be directed to the associate provost.
– For curricular revisions, please refer to the Faculty Handbook.

For current majors:
Graduation Plans

In consultation with your faculty advisor, the
eight-semester plans can be used as a guide to assist you in your academic planning and progress toward graduation.