Biochemistry concentration (B.S.) (Fall 2010-Summer 2011)

May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program

Effective Date: Fall 2010-Summer 2011 

Exclusions: Students who elect a concentration in Biochemistry may not elect the following concentrations: Biology, General Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; CMB:Biomedical Engineering; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Microbiology; or Neuroscience. They may also not elect an academic minor in Biology, or any of the Chemistry academic minors.

The biochemistry concentration program is intended for students interested in the chemical basis of biological phenomena. The concentration program is intellectually demanding and is intended to prepare students for further education (graduate school or medicine). A B.S. degree in biochemistry is also a useful means of preparing for jobs in academic medical centers, the pharmaceutical industry, and in biotechnology companies. Because the concentration program is highly structured, it is essential that prospective concentrators follow the guidelines set forth below.

Prerequisites to Concentration:

  • BIOLOGY 171 and 172
  • CHEM 210/211, 215
  • MATH 115, 116, 215 (or the equivalent)
  • PHYSICS [135 or 140]/141 and [235 or 240]/241.

In cases where a student is transferring to Biochemistry from outside the University or is entering later, from another concentration, the student may be awarded an override for Genetics after completion of only one of either BIOLOGY 171 or 172, and where taking the other would be a burden for timely graduation. The override request must come from a Biochemistry concentration advisor along with the assurance that the student has been informed of the material from BIOLOGY 171 or 172 that he or she needs to review prior to enrolling in the Genetics course.

Concentration Program. Must include:

1.   Core: BIOLOGY 305; CHEM 260, [241 or 302 or 303], [216 or 242] 351*, 352, 451, 452, 453.

     *Students are strongly encouraged to take CHEM 351 but could substitute this course requirement with MCDB 310 or BIOLCHEM 415.

2.   Electives: A total of at least six credits chosen from:

  • MCDB 417, 427, 428;
  • CHEM 419 or 420, 447, 454, 461, 485/500;
  • MEDCHEM 410;
  • BIOLCHEM 550, 576, 640, 650, 673, 675.

3.   An advanced laboratory or undergraduate research course. Recommended options for the advanced laboratory course are MCDB 429, CHEM 480; or , or four credits of undergraduate research elected as any combination of either CHEM 398 or BIOLCHEM 398, by permission of the concentration advisor. Students electing the undergraduate research option must execute an extended research project under the supervision of a faculty member who agrees to oversee the project.

Honors Concentration. Qualified students may elect an Honors concentration. This program requires a thesis which describes and analyzes independent experimental work. The research topic and advisor must be approved by the Honors advisor in Biochemistry. Students in this program are expected to maintain an overall grade point average above 3.4 and at least a 3.4 in the field of concentration, including prerequisite courses. CHEM 398 (4 credits) and the thesis course, CHEM 498, replaces the requirement for an upper-level laboratory course outlined above.

Advising. Appointments are scheduled online at Chemistry website.

Teaching Certificate. Those seeking a B.S. or B.S. CHEM. degree with a teaching certificate in Chemistry must fulfill departmental as well as School of Education requirements. Students who plan to earn a teaching certificate with a teaching major or minor in Chemistry should contact the School of Education Office of Academic Services.  

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