Biochemistry : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BS
Graduate: MA, PhD


Incoming freshman and sophomore students should contact our Biomedical Sciences senior academic advisor for advisement. Those students who have met the prerequisites and are ready to become declared majors should meet each semester with the director of undergraduate studies and/or the assistant to the chair.

Acceptance Information

The course requirements of the first two years are common to a number of science majors and allow the student considerable flexibility at the end of the sophomore year. There is no minor available in biochemistry.

Students interesting in applying to Biochemistry are encouraged to submit an application in their second semester, sophomore year and/or completion of prerequisite courses. Applications are submitted online at:

Biochemistry - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Applications accepted after three semesters, and/or after the student has completed the prerequisite courses.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 3.0 in prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes

Minimum GPAs of 2.0 in biochemistry courses, and 3.0 in prerequisite courses, are required to graduate.

Prerequisite Courses

Two of the following three BIO courses: BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology, BIO 201 Cell Biology, and BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry
BIO 215 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry Laboratory
CHE 101 General Chemistry
CHE 102 General Chemistry
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab

Required Courses

BCH 401 Introduction to Research
BCH 403 Biochemical Principles
BCH 404 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry
BCH 405 Research Topics in Biochemistry
BCH 407 Research Presentations
BCH 498 Undergraduate Research Participation in Biochemistry
CHE 319 Physical Chemistry
One restricted chemistry elective*
300/400-level science/math electives** (10 credit hours)

Total required credit hours for the major...82-84

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

Fall BIO 200, CHE 101, MTH 141
Spring BIO 201, CHE 102, MTH 142

Fall CHE 201, PHY 107, one elective
Spring BIO 215, CHE 202, PHY 108, PHY 158

Fall BCH 401, BCH 403
Spring BCH 404, BCH 498
Fall and Spring One or two 300/400-level science/math elective(s)**
(CHE 319 may be taken in the third year)

Fall BCH 405, CHE 319, BCH 498
Spring BCH 407, BCH 498
Fall and Spring One or two 300/400-level science/math elective(s)**

*Third or fourth year students must take one course from among the following: CHE 320 Physical Chemistry, CHE 321 Inorganic Chemistry, CHE 413 Instructional Analysis, CHE 455 Advanced Organic Chemistry, MCH 401 Principles of Medicinal Chemistry. Substitutions must be approved by the director.

**Of the 10 credit hours of upper-level didactic science electives approved by the department, four credit hours of mathematics beyond MTH 142 may be included.


Required credit hours in biochemistry (includes 8 credits of BCH 498) and upper-level science......36-37

Additional required science and math credit hours......46-47

Required credit hours in science and math (all levels)......82-84

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:25 EST