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Academics: Biochemistry

Earn a biochemistry major with ACS certification

Admission to the program

The prerequisite to enter the biochemistry program is a minimum average of "C" (2.0) in Chemistry 104 and in one course from Chemistry 201, 253, or 261.

Graduation Requirements

This major meets the certification requirements of the American Chemical Society and best prepares students for graduate study in biochemistry and related areas. This degree may be met by completing the following courses:

  • Chemistry 103 and 104 - General Chemistry I, II
  • Chemistry 201 - Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry 230 - Essential Inorganic Chemistry
  • One of the following two courses:
    • Chemistry 262 - Organic Chemistry II
    • Chemistry 253 - Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry 295 (four semesters) - Chemistry Seminar
  • One of the following two courses:
    • Chemistry 304 - Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
    • Chemistry 317 - Physical Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 323 and 324 - Biochemistry I, II
  • Chemistry 383 - Biochemistry Lab
  • One of the following courses:
    • Chemistry 261 - Organic Chemistry 1
    • Chemistry 271 - Environmental Chemistry
    • Chemistry 318 - Physical Chemistry II
    • Chemistry 325 - Advanced Organic Chemistry
    • Chemistry 329 - Instrumental Methods for Chemical and Biological Sciences
    • Chemistry 330 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Chemistry 395/397 - Academic Year or Summer Research (4 semester hours, the last as honors)
  • IDIS 310 - History of Physical Science (or an approved course in integrative studies)
  • Completion of Major Field Test in Chemistry

Cognates

  • Mathematics 171 and 172
  • Physics 133/235 or Physics 221/222
  • One course from Biology 321, 325, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, or 336 (prerequisites may be required)

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