Major in Biochemistry, BS

The BS program in biochemistry provides a strong foundation in both molecular biology and chemistry and is based on faculty, facilities, and research resources in both the Department of Biomolecular Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. In addition to in-class laboratory instruction, this interdepartmental program emphasizes independent student research carried out under the guidance of a faculty member from either department. This program is designed to prepare students for careers or advanced study in molecular biology, biochemistry, or health-related fields.

Major in Biochemistry, BS (Non-teaching, 55-57 credits)


Biochemistry Core Requirements (36 credits)

BMS 102

Introduction to Biomolecular Science  

3

BMS 103

Introduction to Biomolecular Science Laboratory

1

BMS 190

Introduction to Research I

0.5

BMS 201

Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology

4

BMS 290

Introduction to Research II

0.5

CHEM 161

General Chemistry

3

CHEM 162

General Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 200

Foundations of Analytical Chemistry

3

CHEM 201

Foundations of Analytical Chemistry Lab

1

CHEM 210

Foundations of Organic Chemistry

3

CHEM 211

Foundations of Organic Chemistry Lab

1

CHEM 212

Organic Synthesis

3

CHEM 213

Organic Synthesis Laboratory

1

CHEM 260

 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHEM 316

 Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds

 3

CHEM 320

 Biophysical Chemistry

 3

CHEM 432

Chemistry Seminar  

 2

 Directed Electives (10-12 credits)

One course chosen from:

BMS 306

Genetics

4

BMS 307

Genomics

4

BMS 311

Cell Biology  

4

BMS 316

Microbiology  

4

 and 6-8 additional credits chosen from the 300-level BMS courses listed above or from the following:

BMS 415

Advanced Exploration in Cell, Molecular, and Physiological Biology

3

BMS 490

Topics in Biomolecular Sciences

3

BMS 495

Capstone in Molecular Biology

4

CHEM 456

Toxicology

3


Research Requirements (2 credits)

Two credits of research chosen from any of BMS 390, 491, CHEM 238, or 438 (although a two-semester sequence of BMS 390 and 491, or CHEM 238 and 438 is strongly encouraged). BMS 391 (Internship in biomolecular sciences, 1-3 credits) may be used as a substitution for part or all of the independent research requirement.

Capstone Courses (7 credits)

CHEM 458

Advanced Biochemistry  

3

CHEM 455

Biochemistry/Laboratory

1

 

 and one of the following courses:

BMS 496

Capstone in Biosynthesis, Bioenergetics, and Metabolic Regulation

3

OR

 

 

CHEM 354

Foundations of Biochemistry

3

 

Related Requirements (12 credits)

MATH 152

Calculus I  

4

PHYS 121 OR 125

General OR University Physics I

4

PHYS 122 OR 126

General OR University Physics II

4


Students must also maintain a student portfolio (see below). These related requirement courses may also be counted to fulfill appropriate portions of the student's general education program. No minor is required for this major.

Portfolio Requirement
The portfolio requirement will be formally introduced to students during the BMS 190 and 290 introductory courses. Minimally, the student portfolio must include a current resume, a current Student Graduation Evaluation or trancript, a planned program of academic study, a narrative describing the student's goals for undergraduate education and graduate educational or career plans, abstracts of all completed independent study projects, and writing samples from CHEM 432. To fulfill the portfolio requirement, the student portfolio must be reviewed with one or more faculty members: 

As a course requirement in BMS 190 and 290;

As a required component of independent student research projects; and

Prior to graduation, as evidenced by submission of a Portfolio Requirement Completed form to the chair of the Department of Biomolecular Sciences or Chemistry.

500-Level Course Options

Undergraduate students who use the form, Enrollment in 500 Level Courses by Undergraduates, and who have at least 90 credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher may (with the approval of the advisor, instructor, appropriate department chair and dean, School of Graduate Studies, and with appropriate prerequisites) substitiute either of the following 500-level BMS courses for BMS courses listed in the directed elective portion of the major program, and the following CHEM course in place of one of the 400-level CHEM courses listed in the directed elective portion of the major program:

BMS 562

Developmental Biology

3

BMS 570

Advanced Genetics

3

CHEM 551

Topics in Biochemistry  

3

 

BS in Biochemistry (American Chemical Society Certified) (57 credits)

Biochemistry Core Requirements (36 credits)

BMS 102

Introduction to Biomolecular Science

3

BMS 103

Introduction to Biomolecular Science Laboratory

1

BMS 190

Introduction to Research I

0.5

BMS 201

Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology

4

BMS 290

Introduction to Research II

0.5

CHEM161

General Chemistry

3

CHEM 162

General Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 200

Foundations of Analytical Chemistry

3

CHEM 201

Foundations of Analytical Chemistry Lab

1

CHEM 210

Foundations of Organic Chemistry

3

CHEM 211

Foundations of Organic Chemistry Lab

1

CHEM 212

Organic Synthesis

3

CHEM 213

Organic Synthesis Lab

1

CHEM 260

Foundations of InOrganic Chemistry

3

CHEM 316

Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds

3

CHEM 320

Biophysical Chemistry

3

CHEM 432

Chemistry Seminar

2

Biochemistry Core plus an additional 8 credits in Chemistry

CHEM 322

Physical Chemistry of Quantum & Statistical Mechanics  

3

CHEM 323

Physical Chemistry Lab

1

CHEM 402

Instrumental Methods in Analytical Chemistry

4

Directed Electives (4 credits)

One course chosen from:

BMS 306

Genetics  

4

BMS 307

Genonics

4

BMS 311

Cell Biology

4

BMS 316

Microbiology

4

Research Requirements (2 credits)

CHEM 238*

Introduction to Research

1

CHEM 438**

Undergraduate Research

1

 * BMS 390 may be substituted
 **BMS 491 may be substituted


Capstone Courses (7 credits)

CHEM 354

Foundations of Biochemistry Biochemistry

3

CHEM 458

Advanced Biochemistry

3

CHEM 455

Biochemistry/Laboratory

1

Related Requirements (16 credits)

MATH 152 

Calculus I  

4

MATH 221

Calculus II

4

PHYS 125

University Physics I

4

PHYS 126

University Physics II

4

Students must also maintain a student portfolio (see below). These related requirement courses may also be counted to fulfill appropriate portions of the student's general education program.

No minor is required for this major.

Portfolio Requirement

The portfolio requirement will be formally introduced to students during the BMS 190 and 290 introductory courses. Minimally, the student portfolio must include a current resume, a current Student Graduation Evaluation or trancript, a planned program of academic study, a narrative describing the student's goals for undergraduate education and graduate educational or career plans, abstracts of all completed independent study projects, and writing samples from CHEM 432. To fulfill the portfolio requirement, the student portfolio must be reviewed with one or more faculty members: 

As a course requirement in BMS 190 and 290;

As a required component of independent student research projects; and

Prior to graduation, as evidenced by submission of a Portfolio Requirement Completed form to the chair of the Department of Chemistry.

500-Level Course Options

Undergraduate students who use the form, Enrollment in 500 Level Courses by Undergraduates, and who have at least 90 credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher may (with the approval of the advisor, instructor, appropriate department chair and dean, School of Graduate Studies, and with appropriate prerequisites) substitiute either of the following 500-level BMS courses for BMS courses listed in the directed elective portion of the major program, and the following CHEM course in place of one of the 400-level CHEM courses listed in the directed elective portion of the major program:

BMS 562

Developmental Biology

3

BMS 570

Advanced Genetics

3

CHEM 551

Topics in Biochemistry

3