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Academics: Biochemistry

Earn a biochemistry major

Biochemistry is the study of the nature and behavior of matter, with particular attention paid to the complex macromolecules of living systems: proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids. Insight into the nature of these macromolecules and their interactions with one another is required to understand and solve modern biochemical problems. The study of biochemistry provides a clearer understanding of the molecular nature of life and a more detailed picture of the intricacies of God's creation.

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

To graduate with a biochemistry major, you must complete the following courses:

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

Cognates

  • One of the following two sequences:
    • Mathematics 132 and 143
    • Mathematics 171 and 172
  • One of the following two sequences:
    • Physics 221 and 222
    • Physics 133 and Physics 235
  • One course from Biology 321, 325, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, or 336 (prerequisites may be required)

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