Curriculum & Courses

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all biology and biochemistry courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

Requirements   Credits 
 Biology  24
      BIO 105. Biological Science I
      BIO 106. Biological Science II
      BIO 291. Genetics
      BIO/BIOL 371. Biochemistry
      BIO 418-419. Research Participation III, IV
      BIO 460. Biochemistry Seminar
      BIO 466. Molecular Cell Biology
4
4
3
4
4
1
4
 Mathematics  8
      MATH 151. Calculus I
      MATH 152. Calculus II
4
4
 Chemistry  23
      CHEM 101. General Chemistry I & CHML 101. General Chemistry I Lab
      CHEM 102. General Chemistry II & General Chemistry II Lab
      CHEM 301. Organic Chemistry I & CHML 301. Organic Chemistry I Lab
      CHEM 302. Organic Chemistry II & CHML 302. Organic Chemistry II Lab
      CHEM 401. Physical Chemistry I & CHML 401. Physical Chemistry I Lab
      CHEM 470. Mechanisms in Biological Systems
4
4
4
4
4
3
 Physics  8
      PHYS 103. General Physics I & PHYL 103. General Physics Lab I
      PHYS 104. General Physics II & PHYL 104. General Physics Lab II
4
4
 Foreign Language  3
      One course at the 202 level or above* 3
 Mathematics & Natural Science Electives** 16

 General Education Requirements  37
    The General Education curriculum, a 37-hour program to help students appreciate a liberal arts education, includes required specific courses as well as selected courses from various distributions. For details, go to General Education Curriculum.
 
 General Electives***  1
   
 Total  120

*The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

**The mathematics and natural science electives (16 credits) must be chosen from among the following: ***General electives are needed when a major course is also fulfilling one of the General Education distributions.



Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Changes in the sequence of the following program may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student’s academic adviser. To see the title of a course in the plan of study, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description of a course, click on it.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits    Spring Semester  Credits  
BIO/BIOL 105 4 BIO/BIOL 106  4
CHEM 101 & CHML 101  4 CHEM 102 & CHML 102  4
ENG 101  3 MATH 151  4
FS/THEO 101  3 ENG 102 3
SBU 101  2 SBU 102 1
Total 16 Total 16
  
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
BIO 291  3 CHEM 302 and CHML 302 4
CHEM 301 & CHML 301  4 Math & Natural Science Electives*  7
MATH 152 4 General Education Requirements  3
General Education Requirement 
3 Foreign Language 202** 3


   
Total 14 Total 17
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester                          Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
BIO/BIOL 371  4 BIO/BIOL 466 4
PHYS 103 and PHYL 103  4 PHYS 104 and PHYL 104  4
Math & Natural Science Elective*  3 CHEM 470 3
General Education Requirement 3 General Education Requirement 3
Total 14 Total 14
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
BIO 418  2 BIO 419  2
CHEM 401 & CHML 401 4 Math & Natural Science Elective* 3
Math & Natural Science Elective* 3 BIO 460*** 1
General Education Requirement  3 General Education Requirement 6
General Electives 3 General Elective  2
Total 15 Total 14

*See explanation provided with Requirements table above.

** The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

***The comprehensive requirement for biochemistry majors is the successful completion of BIO 460. Biochemistry Seminar.