Biochemistry Track

The Biochemistry track is designed more for students who plan to go directly into a career in the biomedical field upon graduation, or who plan to attend graduate or professional school in Biochemistry. In addition, this track provides excellent preparation for students planning to attend medical, dental, or pharmacy school upon graduation. This track also provides greater flexibility for a student who might want to earn a double major.

Major Requirements

Chemistry majors, pursuing either track, must earn a "C"  (2.0) or better in any course utilized as a prerequisite.

Course Requirements (63 credits)

Code Course Credit
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 104 ​General Chemistry II ​4
CHEM 301 & 301L Organic Chemistry I and Lab 4
CHEM 302 & 302L ​Organic Chemistry II and Lab ​4
CHEM 322 Analytical Chemistry 4
CHEM 404 Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems 3
CHEM 435WI Biochemistry I 4
CHEM 436 Biochemistry II 4
CHEM 450RI Senior Project 3
BIOL 190 Biological Unity 3
MATH 140 Calculus I 4
MATH 141 Calculus II 4
PHYS 111 ​Principles of Physics I1 ​4
PHYS 112 Principles of Physics II1 4
XX xxx Any Speech-Intensive (SI) Course 3
XX xxx Electives from the list below 7

Biochemistry Important Notes

  • Students who wish to double major in Biochemistry and Biology or Marine Science will only be allowed to double count those courses specifically required for both majors. Upper division electives may not be counted towards both majors simultaneously.
  • Students who wish to major in Biochemistry and minor in Biology or Marine Science must take CHEM 435WI (Biochemistry I) and CHEM 436 (Biochemistry II) to satisfy the requirements of the Biochemistry major.

Elective Courses

Code Course Credit
CHEM 304 Environmental Chemistry 4
CHEM 321WI Inorganic Chemistry 4
CHEM 323 Instrumental Analysis 4
CHEM 351 Advanced Experimental Chemistry 1-4
CHEM 401 Physical Chemistry I 4
CHEM 402 Physical Chemistry II 4
CHEM 405 Special Topics in Chemistry 3
BIOL 301WR2 Microbiology 4
BIOL 3082 Principles of Immunology 4
BIOL 3372 Genetics 3
BIOL 402WR2 Cell Biology 4

Important Notes About Electives

Students planning to attend graduate school in biochemistry also should take the following recommended courses: Calculus III (MATH 300), and substitute calculus based General Physics (PHYS 151 & 152) for Principles of Physics I & II (PHYS 111 & 112).

Students should be aware that additional prerequisite courses may be required, that are not included in the biochemistry track required courses, to enroll in these classes.