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Biochemistry (B.S.)

Mission Statement:

The mission of the B.S. Biochemistry program is to prepare students for employment in biochemistry-related areas and for the pursuit of graduate degrees in biochemistry or health-related professional schools by educating them in the fundamental concepts, skills, and techniques of biochemistry. This degree is a specialized combination of the areas of chemistry and biology.

Students who major in Biochemistry will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of biochemical concepts and the ability to apply the knowledge.
  2. Develop the skills necessary for the field of biochemistry.

Program Outcomes:

1. Students with a major in biochemistry will exhibit mastery of undergraduate level biochemical knowledge by completing a literature review and departmental presentation.
2. Biochemistry majors who are sophomores, juniors, or seniors will participate in the chemistry club. 

Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Students with a major in biochemistry will exhibit mastery of the field of inorganic chemistry by assessing their ability to identify and apply course content on a normalized exam.
2. Students with a major in biochemistry will exhibit mastery of the field of organic chemistry by assessing their ability to identify and apply course content on a normalized exam.
3. Students with a major in biochemistry will exhibit mastery of the field of physical chemistry by assessing their ability to identify and apply course content on a normalized exam.
4. Students with a major in biochemistry will exhibit mastery of the field of analytical chemistry by assessing their ability to identify and apply course content on a normalized exam.
5. Students with a major in biochemistry will exhibit mastery of the field of biochemistry by assessing their ability to identify and apply course content on a normalized exam.
6. Students with a major in biochemistry will exhibit mastery of undergraduate level biochemical knowledge and apply it to a normalized, cumulative exam.
7. Students with a major in biochemistry will exhibit mastery of undergraduate level biochemical knowledge by completing a literature review and departmental presentation.

Courses

Biochemistry General Requirements

General Education Requirements - 48 hours
English 1301, 1302, and three hours sophomore literature - 9 hours
Fine Arts (three hours from music, theatre, fine arts, art, or equivalent) - 3 hours
Christian Ministry 1320 and 1330 - 6 hours
History - 3 hours
Political Science 2305 - 3 hours
Social Science (CJUS, ECON, GEOG, PSYC, SOCI) - 3 hours
Physical Activity - KINE 1238 - 2 hours
Science - PHYS 1401 and 1402 - 8 hours
Mathematics - MATH 1425 and 2401 - 8 hours
Speech 1311, 1315, or 1318 - 3 hours

Biochemistry Major Requirements

Completion of sixty-three (63) semester hours:
Chemistry Core forty-one (41) hours:

CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1111 General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II
CHEM 1112 General Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM 3303 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3103 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 3304 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 3104 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM 4301 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 4302 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 4204 Physical Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 4312 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 4310 Biochemistry I: Principles
CHEM 4311 Biochemistry II: Metabolism
CHEM 4167 Biochemistry Techniques
CHEM 4210 Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory
CHEM 4101 Chemical Literature

Choose one of the following:
CHEM 3305 Quantitative Analysis and CHEM 3105 Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
CHEM 3306 Instrumental Analysis and CHEM 3106 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory


Biology Core twenty-two (22) hours:
BIOL 1406 General Biology I
BIOL 1407 General Biology II
BIOL 3452 Microbiology
BIOL 4301 Cell Biology
BIOL 4403 Genetics

Choose one of the following:
BIOL 4302 Immunology
BIOL 4304 Toxicology
BIOL 4305 Molecular Genetics

Semester by Semester Plans

Catalog Year 2021-2022
Catalog Year 2020-2021

Course Rotations

Four Year Course Rotations