Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019

Biochemistry (BS)

The Biochemistry Bachelor of Science degree program offers two tracks. Track 1 will lead to an American Chemical Society (ACS) Accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. Students majoring in Biochemistry must complete the following pre-major and major requirements. These courses may also be used to satisfy general education requirements. A detailed guide to course choices for Biochemistry and Chemistry majors is available from the Department of Chemistry.

Pre-Major Requirements: 38 credits

Required Courses

BIO 170General Biology I(LP)

3

BIO 171General Biology I Laboratory(RLA)

1

BIO 180General Biology II(SW)

3

BIO 181General Biology II Laboratory(RLA)

1

BIO 205General Physiology(RLA)

4

CHM 141General Chemistry I(LP)

3

CHM 121General Chemistry I Laboratory(RLA)

1

CHM 142General Chemistry II(SW)

3

CHM 127General Chemistry II Laboratory(RLA)

1

PHY 120General Physics I(LP)

3

PHY 121General Physics I Laboratory(RLA)

1

PHY 160General Physics II(SW)

3

PHY 161General Physics II Laboratory(RLA)

1

Calculus sequence chosen from the following: (10-12 credits)

MTH 229Calculus Computer Laboratory(RLA)

1

AND

MTH 230Calculus I with Pre-Calculus(MQ)

6

OR

MTH 231Analytic Geometry and Calculus I(MQ)

3

AND

MTH 232Analytic Geometry and Calculus II(MQ)

3

MTH 233Analytic Geometry and Calculus III(MQ)

3

Major Requirements: 38-44 credits

Track 1 will lead to an American Chemical Society (ACS) Accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry.  Track 1 requires 43-44 credits.  Track 2 requires 38-40 credits. 

Track 1: ACS (43-44 credits)

BIO 352Cell Biology(RLA)

4

CHM 240Analytical Chemistry(SW)

4

CHM 250Organic Chemistry I(SW)

4

CHM 256Organic Chemistry II(RLA)

4

CHM 330Physical Chemistry: Equilibria(RLA)

4

CHM 336Physical Chemistry: Processes(RLA)

4

CHM 360Inorganic Chemistry(RLA)

4

CHM 370Biochemistry I(RLA)

4

CHM 376Biochemistry II(RLA)

4

AND

CHM 337Experimental Methods in Physical Chemistry(RLA)

4

OR

CHM 377Experimental Biochemistry(RLA)

4

And

One biology electives chosen from: (3-4 credits)

BIO 312Genetics(RLA)

4

BIO 322Evolution(RLA)

4

BIO 326Introduction to Bioinformatics and Genomics(RLA)

4

BIO 327Molecular Biology(RLA)

4

BIO 332Advanced Physiology(RLA)

4

BIO 365Principles of Neurobiology(RNL)

4

BIO 415Mathematical Biology(RLA)

4

BIO 428Plant Physiology(RLA)

4

BIO 442Immunology(RLA)

4

BIO 454Advanced Methods in Cell Biology(RLA)

3

BIO 460Experimental Methods in Advanced Genetics(RLA)

3

BIO 322, BIO 326, BIO 365, BIO 428, BIO 454, and BIO 460 require prerequisites or corequisites not required in the pre-major or major requirements.

Track 2: (38-40 credits)

CHM 240Analytical Chemistry(SW)

4

CHM 250Organic Chemistry I(SW)

4

CHM 256Organic Chemistry II(RLA)

4

CHM 330Physical Chemistry: Equilibria(RLA)

4

CHM 336Physical Chemistry: Processes(RLA)

4

CHM 370Biochemistry I(RLA)

4

CHM 376Biochemistry II(RLA)

4

AND

CHM 337Experimental Methods in Physical Chemistry(RLA)

4

OR

CHM 377Experimental Biochemistry(RLA)

4

AND

Two biology electives chosen from: (6-8 credits)

BIO 312Genetics(RLA)

4

BIO 322Evolution(RLA)

4

BIO 326Introduction to Bioinformatics and Genomics(RLA)

4

BIO 327Molecular Biology(RLA)

4

BIO 332Advanced Physiology(RLA)

4

BIO 352Cell Biology(RLA)

4

BIO 365Principles of Neurobiology(RNL)

4

BIO 415Mathematical Biology(RLA)

4

BIO 428Plant Physiology(RLA)

4

BIO 442Immunology(RLA)

4

BIO 454Advanced Methods in Cell Biology(RLA)

3

BIO 460Experimental Methods in Advanced Genetics(RLA)

3

BIO 322, BIO 326, BIO 365, BIO 454, and BIO 460 require prerequisites or corequisites  not required in the pre-major or major requirements.

BIO 322, BIO 326, BIO 365, BIO 428, BIO 454, BIO 460 require pre or corequisites not included in the premajor or major requirements.

All Biochemistry majors are encouraged to take Independent Study (BIO 591-594 or CHM 591-594) to facilitate laboratory research as an elective.

Total Credits Required: 120

Honors

A student may be eligible for admission to the honors program in Biochemistry if he or she enters the senior year with a 3.5 grade point average. With the concurrence of a faculty supervisor, the student must submit (by September 15) a one-page summary of a proposed research project. The chairperson of the department and the faculty supervisor will appoint a three-member committee to evaluate and/or modify the proposal (by October 15), then grant or deny admission to the honors program.

While pursuing honors research the student may receive eight credits for Independent Study (BIO 594 or CHM 594), four each in the fall and spring semesters. Additionally, it is highly recommended that the student begin work on the project during the summer or spring semester that immediately precedes the senior year. Progress of the research will be monitored as follows: (1) the student will meet with his or her committee by November 1 of the first semester; (2) the student will submit a five-page progress report by January 15; (3) the committee will recommend for or against continuation in the program by February 1; (4) the student will submit a thesis, following the style of major journals, by May 1; (5) the student will present an oral defense of the thesis to the committee, by the end of the final exam period.

The deadline dates noted above are based on a June graduation date, but corresponding guidelines may be designed for January graduation. In either case, it is expected that completion of the honors program will require at least one year of student research.