Biochemistry Major

The biochemistry sequence places a greater emphasis on biochemistry and the life sciences. Students pursuing this track will be well prepared for professional schools in the life sciences, graduate schools in biochemistry and the more traditional fields of chemistry, as well as employment in chemical, environmental, or health-related fields.

BI 0170
0170L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
4
BI 0171
0171L
General Biology II
and General Biology II Lab
4
BI 0172
0172L
General Biology III
and General Biology III Lab
4
CH 0111
0111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CH 0112
0112L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CH 0211
0211L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
CH 0212
0212L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
CH 0222
0222L
Chemical Analysis
and Chemical Analysis Lab
4
CH 0261
0261L
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry I Lab
4
CH 0262
0262L
Physical Chemistry II
and Physical Chemistry II Lab
4
CH/BI 0324Biochemistry I3
CH/BI 0325Biochemistry II3
CH 0324LBiochemistry Lab1
or BI 0324L Biochemistry Lab
or CH 0325L Biochemistry Lab
or BI 0325L Biochemistry Lab
MA 0145Calculus I for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors4
or MA 0171 Calculus I
MA 0146Calculus II for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors4
or MA 0172 Calculus II
MA 0217Accelerated Statistics3-4
or MA 0245 Calculus III for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors
or MA 0273 Multivariable Calculus
PS 0115
0115L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
PS 0116
0116L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
Select one biology elective (see below)3-4
Select one chemistry elective (see below)5-6
Total Credits74-77

Biology Elective

Select one of the following:
BI 0261Genetics4
BI 0327Cell Biology4
BI 0342Developmental Biology4
BI 0352Fundamentals of Microbiology4
BI 0354Molecular Biology3
BI 0356Immunology3
BI 0357General Virology3

Chemistry Elective

Note: A student pursuing a biochemistry major who takes both chemistry electives is eligible for ACS certification.

Select one of the following:
CH 0326
0326L
Chemical Instrumentation
and Instrumental-Analytical Chemistry Lab
6
CH 0341
0341L
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
and Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Lab (highly recommended)
5

ACS Certified Curriculum

For a BS in biochemistry certified by the American Chemical Society, a student must take both Chemistry electives: CH 0326 and CH 0341 with labs.

Due to the additional lab component of the biochemistry major, CH 0398 is recommended but not required for the BS with ACS certification.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
CH 0111
0111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
BI 0170
0170L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
4
MA 0145
Calculus I for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors
or Calculus I
4
Core Courses 6
 Credits18
Spring
CH 0112
0112L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
BI 0171
0171L
General Biology II
and General Biology II Lab
4
MA 0146
Calculus II for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors
or Calculus II
4
Core Courses 6
 Credits18
Second Year
Fall
CH 0211
0211L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
BI 0172
0172L
General Biology III
and General Biology III Lab
4
PS 0115
0115L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
Select one of the following: 3-4
Accelerated Statistics  
Calculus III for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors  
Multivariable Calculus  
Core Courses and Electives 3
 Credits18-19
Spring
CH 0212
0212L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
CH 0222
0222L
Chemical Analysis
and Chemical Analysis Lab
4
PS 0116
0116L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
Core Courses and Electives 6
 Credits18
Third Year
Fall
CH 0261
0261L
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry I Lab
4
Core Courses and Electives 6
 Credits10
Spring
CH 0262
0262L
Physical Chemistry II
and Physical Chemistry II Lab
4
CH 0324
Biochemistry I 1
or Biochemistry I
3
CH 0324L
Biochemistry Lab
or Biochemistry Lab
1
Biology Elective 3-4
Core Courses and Electives 9
 Credits20-21
Fourth Year
Fall
CH 0325
Biochemistry II 1
or Biochemistry II
3
CH 0325L
Biochemistry Lab
or Biochemistry Lab
1
Chemistry Elective 3-5
Core Courses and Electives 6-9
 Credits13-18
Spring
Chemistry Elective 3
Core Courses and Electives 6-9
 Credits9-12
 Total Credits124-134
1

Biochemistry Lab is taken only once, concurrently with CH 0324 / BI 0324 or CH 0325 / BI 0325.