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Curriculum for the B.A. in Biochemistry

Students pursuing a B.A. in Biochemistry must complete:

  • University Core Requirements
  • BSNES Core Requirements
  • Biochemistry Major Requirements
  • Biochemistry Co-Requisites

To graduate, a student needs a minimum of 122 credit hours.

View the suggested curriculum sequence.


University Core Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
UCOR 101  Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum 3
UCOR 102 Imaginative Literature and Critical Writing 3
UCOR 132 Basic Philosophical Questions 3
UCOR 14X Theology 3
COSC 030 Research/Info Skills 1
Course in Ethics 3
Course in Creative Arts 3
Course in Faith and Reason 3
Course in Global Diversity 3
Course in Social Justice 3

View a complete list of University Core Requirements.


BSNES Core Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
ENGL 302W Science Writing 3
HIST 307 History of Science 3
SPRG 105 Career Development Seminar 1
Math Credits (depending on major) 10
General Elective Credits 6

B.A. Biochemistry Major Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
CHEM 121/121L General Chemistry I & Lab 5
CHEM 122/122L General Chemistry II & Lab 5
CHEM 211/211L Organic Chemistry I & Lab 4
CHEM 212/212L Organic Chemistry II & Lab 4
CHEM 230L Research Lab Techniques 1
CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry I 4
CHEM 325L/325R Integrated Lab I 3
CHEM 401 General Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 402 General Biochemistry II 3
CHEM 423 Analytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 475 Senior Seminar 1
CHEM 425L/425R Integrated Lab II 3
CHEM 490W Undergraduate Research - strongly recommended

B.A. Biochemistry Co-Requisites

Course # Course Name Credits
BIOL 111/111L General Biology I & Lab 4
BIOL 112/112L General Biology II & Lab 4
BIOL 467 Molecular Biology 3
MATH 115 Calculus I 4
MATH 116 Calculus II 4
PHYS 201 Physics for Life Science I 4
PHYS 202 Physics for Life Science II 4
Electives (Science or Non-science) 7
MATH 225 Biostatistics (acceptable for science programming requirement) 3
MATH 335 Biostatistics II 3

The University will offer various courses each semester to satisfy the UCOR requirements. UCOR courses can be taken in any sequence throughout the undergraduate curriculum.

Science Writing (ENGL 302W) must be taken before Integrated Lab I (CHEM 325L/325R).

Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors: All students must take 121, 122, 230L, 423, 325R, 325L, 425R, 425L, 475. Biology 111/111L, 112/112L. Mathematics 115, 116.

B.A. Biochemistry: All students must take 211, 212, 211L, 212L, 301, 401, 402 and Physics 201, 202 and Math 225,335; one 400-500 level biology elective, and two Science/Math electives of 3 or 4 credits each.

Biology electives include any course between the 300-400 level. Chemistry electives include any course numbered CHEM 275, 312, 412, 402, 391, 503, 504, 534, 540, 546, 548, 565, 574, 585, 586, 587. Math electives must be at the 300-400 level.

Note: Undergraduate research (CHEM 490) is strongly encouraged, especially during the junior-senior year.


Requirements for the Minor

A minor in Biochemistry consists of 121, 122, and a minimum of 12 credits selected from Department courses numbered 200 or above. Normally, 211, 211L, 212, 212L, 401, and 402 will constitute a minor in Biochemistry. Individual course prerequisites must be satisfied.