The biochemistry major lies at the intersection between chemistry and biology. Students receive an interdisciplinary education focusing on the chemistry of living things and take courses from both the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Biology.
This major is an excellent option for those who want to do biochemical research or pursue careers in the medical field such as pharmacist, physician, dentistry or optometry. Graduates could also work in a variety of related fields such as forensics, food and agricultural science, and biotechnology.
As biochemistry majors, all students will have a chance to do independent research with a faculty member, gain valuable presentation and writing skills through the department’s seminar series, and have room in their schedule to pursue other majors or minors. Students interested in health related fields are strongly encouraged to visit the Patterson Center for the Health Professions for various shadowing and internship opportunities.
Requirements for the Major in Biochemistry
Chemistry and Biochemistry Courses
CHM 220 Advanced Chemical Principles or CHM 211, 212 Chemical Principles I and II
CHM 221 Analytical Chemistry
CHM 311, 312 Organic Chemistry I and II
CHM 315 Introduction to Biochemistry
CHM 316 Intermediate Biochemistry
CHM 412 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
CHM 413 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Statistical Mechanics
CHM 423, 425 Chemical Instrumentation: X-Ray/UV-Vis/AA and LC/HPLC (0.25 credits each)
CHM 494 Independent Research (0.5 credits)
CHM 496, 499 Chemistry Research Seminar I and II (0.25 credits each)
CHM 497, 498 Chemistry Literature Seminar I and II (0.25 credits each)
BIO 200, 201 General Biology I and II
BIO 315 Genetics
Additional Course Requirements
MTH 151, 152 Calculus I and II
PHY 121, 122 General Physics I and II
Recommended Courses for those pursing a biology minor (2 additional BIO classes needed to fulfill requirements)
BIO 321 General Microbiology
BIO 342 Molecular and Cellular Biology of Cancer
BIO 411 Behavioral Genetics
BIO 413 Molecular Genetics
BIO 443 Advanced Cell Physiology
Chemistry and/or biology courses with a minimum grade of C and taken within the last 10 years may be transferred into the department.