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Major in Biochemistry

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 interdisciplinary course of study serves those students intending to pursue careers in biochemistry, pharmacy, human and veterinary medicine, food and agricultural chemistry, and medical technology, as well as numerous other professional health-related areas.

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 Health Professions Advising for various shadowing and internship opportunities.

Requirements for the Major in Biochemistry
CHM 211, 212 (or equivalent) Chemical Principles I and II or CHM 220 Advanced Chemical Principles
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 Chemical Instrumentation: X-Ray/UV-Vis/AA (.25 credit)
CHM 425 Chemical Instrumentation LC/HPLC (.25 credit)
CHM 494 Independent Research (.50 credit)
CHM 496, 499 Chemistry Research Seminar I and II (.25 credit each)
CHM 497, 498 Chemistry Literature Seminar I and II (.25 credit each)
MTH 151, 152 Calculus I and II
PHY 121, 122 General Physics I and II
BIO 200 General Biology I
BIO 201 General Biology II

Plus either:
BIO 107 Anatomy and Physiology I and
BIO 108 Anatomy and Physiology II or BIO 315 Genetics

Chemistry and/or biology courses with a minimum grade of C and taken within the last 10 years may be transferred into the department.

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