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Biochemistry (BS)

Hours - 60 Credit Hours
Effective Sep. 2020
Last Revision 6/17/2020

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Program Requirements


Science Core Requirements — 15 Credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
BIOL 112/L Biology I — Cell Molecular Biology/Lab F, W, S 4.0
CHEM 105/L General Chemistry I/Lab F, W 4.0
CHEM 106/L General Chemistry II/Lab W, S 4.0
MATH 121 or Principles of Statistics or F, W, S 3.0
PSYC 205 or Applied Social Statistics or F, W 3.0
BIOL 340 Biostatistics S 3.0


Major Core Requirements — 14 Credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
CHEM 201 Chemical and Laboratory Safety F, W, S 1.0
CHEM 326/L Analytical Biochemistry/Lab F 4.0
CHEM 351 Organic Chemistry I F, W 3.0
CHEM 351L Organic Chemistry I Lab F 1.0
CHEM 481 Biochemistry I F, S 3.0
CHEM 483L Biochemistry Method Lab I — Proteins F, S 1.0
CHEM 491 Undergraduate Research S 1.0


Biochemistry Emphasis

Requirements — 22 Credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
CHEM 352 Organic Chemistry II F, W 3.0
CHEM 352L Organic Chemistry II Lab W 1.0
CHEM 482 Biochemistry II W 3.0
CHEM 484L or Biochemistry Methods Lab II — Nucleic Acids or F, W, S 1.0
BIOL 484L Biomolecular Methods Lab II - Nucleic Acids F, W, S 1.0
CHEM 468 Physical Biochemistry W 3.0
CHEM 496R Student Research
(1 credit/semester, up to 3 credits total)
F, W, S 3.0
PHYS 121/L Introduction to Newtonian Mechanics/Lab F, W 4.0
PHYS 220/L or Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism/Lab or W - even years 4.0
PHYS 221/L Introduction to Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics/Lab W - odd years 4.0

Electives — 9 Credits

Choose 3 credits of CHEM and 6 credits of BIOL 200 or above level courses

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
CHEM 370, 390R, 395, 450, 485L Variable 3.0
BIOL 220/L, 260/L, 261/L, 373, 376, 441, 442, 460, 485L Variable 6.0


Environmental Science Emphasis

Requirements — 27 Credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
CHEM 352 or Organic Chemistry II F, W 3.0
CHEM 395 Organic Spectroscopy S - odd years 3.0
CHEM 370 Inorganic Chemistry Variable 3.0
BIOL 113 Biology II — Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology F, W, S 3.0
BIOL 348/L Natural Resource Management/Lab W 4.0
GEOL 105 or Geology of the Pacific Basin or F, W, S 3.0
OCEN 201 Oceanography and Marine Science F, W, S 3.0
GEOL 220 Introduction to Geochemistry S 3.0
PHYS 105/L or College Physics I/Lab F, S 4.0
PHYS 121/L Introduction to Newtonian Mechanics/Lab F, W 4.0
PHYS 106/L or College Physics II/Lab F, W 4.0
PHYS 220/L or Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism/Lab W - even years 4.0
PHYS 221/L Introduction to Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics/Lab W - odd years 4.0

Electives — 4 credits

Choose 4 credits from the following 200 level or above of CHEM, BIOL

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
CHEM 352/L, 390R, 395, 450, 468, 482, 484L, 485L, 496R (1 credit/semester, up to 3 credits total) Variable 1.0 - 3.0
BIOL 201/L, 204/L, 212/L, 220/L, 248, 260/L, 261/L, 300/L, 302/L, 303/L, 350, 373, 374, 376, 390R/L, 412/L, 441, 442, 460, 484L, 485L Variable 1.0 - 3.0
GEOL 106, 220 Variable 1.0 - 3.0
OCEN 201 Oceanography and Marine Science F, W, S 3.0


Neuroscience Emphasis

Requirements — 28 credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
CHEM 352 Organic Chemistry II F, W 3.0
CHEM 352L Organic Chemistry II Lab W 1.0
CHEM 482 or Biochemistry II or W 3.0
BIOL 441 Molecular Biology F 3.0
CHEM 484L or Biochemistry Methods Lab II — Nucleic Acids or F, W, S 1.0
BIOL 484L Biomolecular Methods Lab II - Nucleic Acids F, W, S 1.0
BIOL 442 Cellular Biology W 3.0
PHYS 105/L or College Physics I/Lab or F, S 4.0
PHYS 121/L Introduction to Newtonian Mechanics/Lab F, W 4.0
PHYS 106/L or College Physics II/Lab or F, W 4.0
PHYS 220/L or Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism/Lab or W - even years 4.0
PHYS 221/L Introduction to Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics/Lab W - odd years 4.0
PSYC 111 General Psychology F, W, S 3.0
PSYC 380 or Sensation and Perception or Variable 3.0
PSYC 381 Drugs and Behavior W 3.0
PSYC 385 Biopsychology F, W, S 3.0

Electives — 3 credits

Choose 3 credits from following 200 level or above of CHEM, BIOL or PSYC courses including research (496R)

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
CHEM 370, 390R, 395, 450, 468, 482, 485L, 496R (1 credit/semester, up to 3 credits total) Variable 1.0 - 3.0
BIOL 220/L, 260/L, 261/L, 300/L, 373, 376, 441, 460, 485L Variable 1.0 - 3.0
PSYC 380, 381, 405 Variable 3.0



All students majoring in the Biochemistry program, regardless of emphasis, work towards a B.S. in Biochemistry. If a student chooses to complete the requirements for the Environmental Science or Neuroscience emphasis, they will be doing so as part of, not in addition to, the Biochemistry major requirements. The emphases are not separate majors. They have been created to give students the opportunity and flexibility to explore and expand their education in areas that are of interest to them and/or helpful for their future career or education.

Grade policy
All students majoring in Biochemistry are expected and should strive, to achieve grades higher than C- in their major courses. The D grade is allowed as passing in all courses except in specified prerequisites (BIOL 112/L, CHEM 105/L, CHEM 106/L, CHEM 351/L, CHEM 481, PHYS 105/L and PHYS 121/L), where C-is the passing grade.


Program Outcomes

Upon completing a major in Biochemistry, students will:

  • Possess knowledge of the fundamental physical, chemical and biological principles and laws governing nature and life itself.
  • Perform essential laboratory techniques, and employ scientific principles and laboratory skills to solve scientific problems.
  • Convey scientific ideas and knowledge clearly and professionally, in both written and oral forms.
  • Analyze and evaluate relevant scientific literature.