Academic Calendar Fall 2020


Biochemistry major

This section specifies the chemistry major discipline requirements only. Please refer to the Bachelor of Science section for information on additional requirements, declaration eligibility, and residency requirements.

Lower-level requirements: 49 credits

Course Title Credits
BIO 111 Introductory Biology I 5
BIO 112 Introductory Biology II 5
BIO 201 Cell Biochemistry/Metabolism 4
BIO 202 Cell Signaling/Gene Regulation 4
BIO 220 Genetics 4
CHEM 113 Principles of Chemistry I 5
CHEM 114 Principles of Chemistry II 5
CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry I 4
PHYS 105 Heat, Waves, and Optics 5
or PHYS 111 Mechanics  
Two of: (see Note) 8
CHEM 214 Organic Chemistry II  
CHEM 221 Inorganic Chemistry  
CHEM 241 Analytical Chemistry  

Note: The courses selected here will determine which upper-level Chemistry courses students may take. Students may wish to consider taking an additional 200-level Chemistry course as an elective to increase their upper-level Chemistry options. Students should also note that MATH 211 is recommended for CHEM 324, and both MATH 211 and CHEM 224 are recommended for CHEM 422.

Upper-level requirements: 33-41 credits

Course Title Credits
BIOC 320/ BIO 320 Biochemistry 3
BIO 350/ CHEM 350 Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory 3
CHEM 324 Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics 4
Three of:   9
BIOC 401/ CHEM 401 Enzymes, Coenzymes, and Inhibitors  
BIOC 402 Advanced Metabolism  
BIOC 404 Biomembranes  
BIOC 414/ BIO 414 Genomics  
One of:   3-6
BIOC 403/ BIO 403 Molecular Techniques I  
BIOC 408 Directed Studies in Biochemistry I  
BIOC 409 Directed Studies in Biochemistry II  
Two of:   5-8
CHEM 311 Intermediate Organic Chemistry I  
CHEM 320 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry  
CHEM 325 Inorganic Chemistry Labratory  
CHEM 341 Instrumental Analysis/Applied Spectroscopy  
CHEM 420 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry  
CHEM 422 Principles and Methods of Molecular Modeling  
CHEM 444 Medicinal Chemistry  
CHEM 451 Bio-inorganic Chemistry  
Two of:   6-8
BIO 309 Microbiology I  
BIO 401 Molecular Biology  
BIO 406 Advanced Genetics  
BIO 407 Applied Biotechnology  
BIO 415 Cancer Biology  
BIO 425 Introductory Medical Microbiology  
BIO 426 Environmental Microbiology  


Depending on their upper-level course selection, students will also need 3-11 credits of upper-level electives to meet the 44 upper-level credits required for the BSc.

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