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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry, B.S.

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A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry.

Core Requirements (46 to 49 credits)


9 to 12 credits


Students normally take BIOL 410 Seminar (1)  in their senior year. BIOL 450 Undergraduate Research Experience (1-4)  /CHEM 450 Undergraduate Research Experience (1-4)  and HP 471 may be substituted for BIOL 410 Seminar (1)  or CHEM 410 Seminar (1)  with the permission of the department chair.

Students considering medical, graduate or professional work in biochemistry research are advised to select BIOCH 406 Biochemistry II (4)  , CHEM 304 Physical Chemistry II (3)  and CHEM 420 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4)  as elective courses. Pre-medical and pre-dental students should select BIOL 298 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)  and BIOL 299 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)  and other elective courses in consultation with the health professions advisor.

No minor in biochemistry is available. Biochemistry majors may not minor in either chemistry or biology. Exceptional students may double major in biochemistry and either biology or chemistry by taking all the courses required of both majors. To complete the double major in four years, students generally need Advanced Placement, summer school or overload credits.

To receive a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. Students must also earn a major GPA of 2.0, and a cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Sample Four Year Sequence

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

FSYM 101 The First Year Symposium (3)  

World Languages I (3)

BIOL 110 Introduction to Biology I (4)  

CHEM 101 General Chemistry I (4)  

14 credits

Spring Semester

Foundation in Social Science (3)

World Languages II (3)

BIOL 111 Introduction to Biology II (4)  

CHEM 102 General Chemistry II (4)  

14 credits

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

MATH 211 Mathematical Thinking (3)  

BIOL 221 Genetics (4)  

CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I (4)  

MATH 247 Calculus I (4)  

15 credits

Spring Semseter

PHIL 103 Foundations of Philosophy (3)  

WCIV 102 Origins of the West (3)  

Elective (3)

CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II (4)  

MATH 248 Calculus II (4)  

17 credits

Junior Year

Fall Semester

PHIL 203 Philosophy in the Modern Age (3)  

Elective (3)

BIOCH 405 Biochemistry I (4)  

PHYS 101 College Physics I (4)  

WCIV 201 The Western Imagination: The Renaissance to the Great War (3)  

17 credits

Spring Semester

THEOL 220 Foundations of Theology: Faith and Revelation (3)  

AMER 202 America in the World (3)  

Elective (3)

BIOCH 406 Biochemistry II (4)  (recommended)*

PHYS 202 General Physics II (4)  

17 credits

Senior Year

Fall Semester

THEOL 320 Encountering Christ (3)  

XXMO 300 Modernity in Lit./Art/Music/Theatre (3)

CHEM 210 Analytical Chemistry (4)  

CHEM 303 Physical Chemistry I (5)  

15 credits

Spring Semester

THEOL/PHIL 300 Ethics and The Human Good (3)

XXGE 3XX Global Encounters (3)

Elective (3)

BIOL 420 Molecular and Cellular Biology (4)  

BIOL 410 Seminar (1)   or CHEM 410 Seminar (1)  

14 credits


* Recommended but not required.

Completion of a minor in Foreign Language may require summer course work. ~Students testing into language at the 201 level or higher will take only one semester.



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