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2013–2014 Undergraduate Catalog

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Biochemistry Major (Bachelor of Science)

  • core curriculum and mission seminars – see the core curriculum section of this catalog
  • major requirements – BIOL 160, 161, 250, 370, 430, CHEM 120, 121, 240, 330, 340, 360, 475, the research series (CHEM 397, BIOL/CHEM 498, 499), MATH 220, 221, PHYS 260, 261, 270, 271
  • School of Letters and Sciences graduation requirement and final degree requirements – see the degree requirements section of this catalog for specific requirements of this major, the Bachelor of Science degree, as well as final graduation requirements
    The total credits of the major requirements are 69-72. The core curriculum and mission seminars require 38-52 credits. A total of 128 credits, 43 of which need to be at the 300/400 level, are required to graduate. Transfer course, waivers and/or substitutions, and prerequisite courses could modify these credit totals.  

Those students interested in graduate work in biochemistry should follow the recommendations of the American Chemical Society which requires specifically MATH 220, 221, and 320; PHYS 260 and 261; and also either CHEM 430 or 362.


Because a biochemistry major program intrinsically contains significant work in both biology and chemistry, declared minors in biology and chemistry will not be granted.


American Chemical Society (ACS) Accredited Biochemistry Major (Bachelor of Science)

The same as the above biochemistry major with the additional major requirements of CHEM 350, 362, 430 or 470.