Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

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 their assigned Biochemistry Advisor.

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 the
Program Application website

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 Communication Literacy 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)

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 86
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 29
Additional Credits Required for Electives 5
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:
  • Understand the chemical nature of important biological macromolecules, the principles underlying their structural organization and how their structure yields function
  • Gain familiarity with the scientific literature, including using online databases; understand the creation and testing of scientific hypotheses, and critical evaluation of experimental data
  • Learn specific laboratory skills relevant to future careers
  • Summary

    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

    Finish in Four Sequence

    View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Biochemistry BS which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

    Last updated: November 22 2021 21:01:55