Professional Biochemistry Degree

The chemistry major with the professional biochemistry option is designed for students who wish wish to prepare for graduate study in biochemistry or a related professional school such as medical, pharmacy, or dental school. Our learning outcomes for students ensure that they graduate with a strong foundation in the knowledge and skills necessary in chemistry. The program is certified by the American Chemical Society. Requirements for the professional biochemistry option include prescribed ancillary courses in biology, computer science, mathematics, and physics. The following table lists the courses required to obtain a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a major in professional biochemistry. To fulfill the requirements of the professional biochemistry option within four years, use the recommended 4-year plan as a guide.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

HRS

A. General Studies Component

30–41

B. Chemistry Major Core Requirements:

8

  • Organic Chemistry (CH 311, CH 311L, CH 312, CH 312L)

10

  • Quantitative Analysis (CH 321, CH 321LW)

5

TOTAL

23

C. Professional Biochemistry Option Requirements:

  • Physical Chemistry (CH 381, CH 381L, CH 382, CH 382L)

11

  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (CH 434)

3

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (CH 437)

3

  • Biochemistry (CH 441)

3

  • Advanced Biochemistry (CH 442, CH 442L)

5

TOTAL

25

Prescribed Supporting Courses:

  • Computer Information Systems, Business Applications of Microcomputer Software (CIS 125), Computer Skills for Problem-Solving (CS 135), or Computer Science I (CS 155)

3

  • Mathematics: Calculus (MA 125, MA 126)

8

  • Physics: Technical (PH 251, PH 252)

10

  • Biology: Principles (BI 111, BI 112)

8

  • One additional Biology course: Cell Biology (BI 305), Genetics (BI 306), or Microbiology (BI 307)

4

TOTAL

33

D. Minor: A minor is not required for the Professional Biochemistry Option.

E. General Elective Hours to bring total to 120.