BA in Chemistry: Biochemistry

The major in Chemistry: Biochemistry is designed to meet the educational and research needs of students with an emphasis on the biochemical sciences and biological chemistry/chemical biology. As with the Chemistry major, an emphasis on research skill development builds on a core of courses covering the principal areas of chemistry as an intellectual foundation for biochemistry. Research in biochemistry is also strongly supported within this major. Chemistry: Biochemistry majors are exceptionally well prepared for graduate education and careers in chemical research, teaching, the biochemical industry, or regulatory agencies; as a premedical track the major provides excellent preparation for professional training in medicine and related health fields.

Completion of the Chemistry: Biochemistry major qualifies students for certification by the American Chemical Society.

All students should refer to the Departmental Regulations section of the Chemistry Department page for important stipulations. NOTE: Students may not switch tracks in general or organic chemistry after the initial course in the sequence.

Unless noted otherwise, all required courses are 4 credit hours. All required chemistry courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Core Chemistry Courses

  • CAS CH 111, 112 (or CH 109, 110, or CH 101, 102, 201, or CH 101, 116, 201)
  • CAS CH 211, 212 (or CH 203, 214, or CH 203, 204, 220, or CH 218, 214)
  • CAS CH 232
  • CAS CH 351, 352
  • CAS CH 421, 422
  • Two of three advanced laboratory courses: CAS CH 301, 303, and 354

Note: CAS CH 201 and CH 220 are 2 credits. CAS CH 116 is 5 credits.

Required Related Courses

  • CAS BI 108
  • CAS BI 213 (or 203)
  • CAS MA 123, 124 (MA 127 or MA 129 fulfills MA 123, 124 requirement)
  • CAS MA 225 (or MA 230 or CH 225)
  • CAS PY 211, 212 (or 241, 242, or 251, 252)

Elective Requirement

One additional 400 or higher level, 4-credit CAS CH course (excluding CAS CH 525), including research in biochemistry (401, 402, 491, 492).

  • Advanced course may be satisfied by the completion of the requirements of a major or minor in astronomy, biology, biomedical engineering, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics, or physics.
  • Students in the MMEDIC program may substitute GMS BI 751 and CAS CH 527 for CH 421, and GMS BI 751 and CAS CH 528 for CH 422; one additional course in chemistry numbered CAS CH 401 or higher is required.