Major: Biomolecular Science


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Chemistry department undergraduate programs +

The curricula in Chemistry serve those preparing for careers in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, chemical engineering, pharmacy, and allied fields as well as those seeking a general knowledge of chemistry as part of a liberal arts education. Beyond the first-year courses, there is an emphasis on development of technical knowledge and laboratory experience needed in chemistry and related scientific fields. The undergraduate majors prepare students for work in research and testing laboratories, as well as for business positions in which a chemistry background is desirable. Graduate work is necessary for those planning to do college and university teaching or industrial research.

The Department of Chemistry offers programs leading to :

  1. Academic Minors in Biochemistry, Chemical Sciences, Chemical Physics, Polymer Chemistry, and Chemical Measurement Science
  2. a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree (B.S. Chem. degree, 124 credits);
  3. a B.S. Chem. degree with Honors in Chemistry. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S. Chem.) degree requires a more rigorous and more specialized program of study. The program leading to Honors in chemistry is available to qualified students.
  4. a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Chemical Science (B.S. degree, 120 credits);
  5. a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences
  6. a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Biomolecular Science
  7. The department participates in and administers an interdepartmental major Biochemistry.

It is possible to incorporate a teaching certificate into any of these program options.

 

In addition there is a five-year joint degree program with the College of Engineering which leads to a B.S. Chem. and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Chemical Engineering).

Information about the program leading to the joint degree with the College of Engineering and general information about teaching certificate requirements are described elsewhere on this website; departmental requirements for these programs are described below.

BS Chemistry degree: This is the most rigorous degree in pure chemistry offered by the department, and should be the degree of choice for students who plan to pursue Ph.D. studies in one of the traditional sub-areas of the field (Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Analytical Chemistry) or students who plan to seek careers in the Chemical Industry. Students are required to take several lecture and lab courses in all of these core areas, and are also required to complete 4 credits (two semesters) of undergraduate research.

BS Major in Chemical Science: This degree also exposes students to all sub-disciplines in Chemistry, but provides more flexibility in course selection than the BS Chemistry degree. Undergraduate research is an option, but not a requirement for this degree. The BS Major in Chemical Sciences is directed towards students who have interdisciplinary interests and are not planning to either attend a traditional graduate program in chemistry or to find immediate employment as a Chemist. Instead, this degree is geared towards students who plan to attend graduate school in an interdisciplinary field where chemical knowledge will be beneficial, and this should also be an attractive option to students that plan to pursue post-graduate degrees in the Health Sciences.

BS Major in Biochemistry: This degree program is ideal for students who are interested in learning about life from a chemical perspective. Students will gain a solid foundation in chemistry through traditional sub-discipline courses, but will also take a number of chemistry courses that are focused on the role of chemistry in biological systems. Students will also have the option to take elective courses in molecular biology, and also may pursue undergraduate research in lieu of one of the traditional laboratory courses. Students that pursue this degree will be well equipped for graduate studies in biochemistry, chemical biology, and many other fields of inquiry in the life sciences. The degree will also provide excellent preparation for students intending to pursue professional careers in the Biotechnology Industry as well as the Health Sciences.

BS Major in Biomolecular Sciences: The Biomolecular Sciences major is designed to provide students with the core knowledge necessary to understand the chemical principles underpinning biology and the option to explore aspects of the subject of interest to them through a limited set of electives drawn from course offerings in chemistry, biophysics, and molecular, cellular and developmental biology. Biomolecular Sciences is a less extensive major than Biochemistry, and is primarily aimed at those planning a career outside of the chemical sciences. Instead, this should be an attractive degree option for students who plan to pursue post-graduate studies in Biomedical or Health Sciences. Students who are intending to pursue graduate studies or an industrial career in biochemistry or related areas are strongly encouraged to elect the Biochemistry major.

BS Major in Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences: The Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences (ICS) major allows students the flexibility to supplement a core study of chemistry with courses in complementary fields. This major can be effective preparation for graduate study in the sciences, graduate studies in an interdisciplinary area that might benefit from a strong science background, for medical, law, and business schools, or for direct entry into the job market. Because students pursuing the ICS degree have a wide variety of career goals, advising from a chemistry departmental advisor is especially important.

 

 

It is strongly recommended that students who are thinking of degrees in chemistry should arrange an appoint with a Chemistry advisory via the online advising system as soon as possible, preferably before the end of the freshman year but certainly before the end of the sophomore year. The online appointment scheduling system can be found here: http://www.umich.edu/~michchem/undergrad/index.html.

Special Departmental Policies. The department requires that a student earn a grade of at least C- in all CHEM courses and mathematics and physics courses which are prerequisite for subsequent elections. A major program grade point average of at least 2.0 is required; this includes chemistry courses, mathematics and physics prerequisites and advanced electives which are part of a plan for the major. Prerequisites must be taken for a grade. Students must request any change in a grade before the end of the next regular academic term.

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 Teacher Education Office.

 

Chemistry Advising +

Chemistry Advising

Students develop a plan for the major in consultation with a program advisor. Those interested in a B.S. degree with a major in Chemical Science (120 credits) or the specialized program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (124 credits) are urged to consult a program advisor during the freshman and/or sophomore years. Prospective majors are advised that further study in chemistry requires adequate performance in early chemistry courses (preferably B- or better) as well as in the mathematics and physics prerequisites. Students interested in an Honors degree should see the Chemistry Honors advisor. Appointments are scheduled online at www.lsa.umich.edu/chem/undergraduate/advising. Students interested in the joint program with the College of Engineering should make an appointment with John Stratman [Academic Advising Center, 1255 Angell Hall, 734.764.0332] and then make an appointment to see a chemistry department advisor online.

 

 

Biomolecular Science (A.B. or B.S)

May be elected as a departmental major program 

Effective Winter 2015

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Biomolecular Science may not elect the following majors: Biology, General Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences, Microbiology, or Cell and Molecular Biology. They may also not elect any of the Chemistry minors.

The major in Biomolecular Science serves pre-health students and others who are not intending to go into science as a career but would benefit from a scientific credential. In addition to medicine, we envisage that this major will be of interest to students planning careers in fields such as education, journalism, science policy, business, law, etc. The Biomolecular Science major provides students with the core knowledge necessary to understand the chemical principles underpinning biology and the option to explore aspects of the subject of interest to them through a set of electives drawn from current course offerings in chemistry, biophysics and MCDB. The major differs from the Biochemistry major in requiring fewer courses and does not have a research component. Biomolecular Sciences is a less extensive major than Biochemistry, and is primarily aimed at those planning a career outside of the chemical sciences. Instead, this should be an attractive degree option for students who plan to pursue post-graduate studies in Biomedical or Health Sciences. Students who are intending to pursue graduate studies or an industrial career in biochemistry or related areas are strongly encouraged to elect the Biochemistry major.The major is structured so that students can readily convert to the BS major in Biochemistry if they decide to do so during the course of their studies.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172 and 173 (or the equivalent)
  • CHEM 130, 125/126; or CHEM 245/246 for students with AP credit for CHEM 130, 125/126
  • MATH 115 and 116 (or the equivalent)
  • PHYSICS [135/136 or 140/141] and [235/236 or 240/241] (or the equivalent).

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 25 credits. The major must include:

  1. Core: CHEM 210/211; CHEM 215; CHEM 260 or 230; CHEM 351* and 352
    *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 9 credits (three courses) with at least one course at the 400-level:
    1. At least one course chosen from:
      • CHEM 303, 420, 451, 452, 453, 455
      • BIOLCHEM 451, 452
    2. At least one course chosen from:
      • BIOLOGY 305
      • BIOPHYS 440;
      • CHEM 440
      • MCDB 405, 411, 422, 427, 428, 431, 437

Honors Plan 

Effective Winter 2013

Students may obtain Honors in Biomolecular Science by successfully completing all courses required for the Biomolecular Science major with an overall GPA of 3.4. In addition, students obtaining Honors must complete one additional upper-level Chemistry elective (chosen in consultation with the department advisor), complete four credits elected over at least two terms of CHEM 398 and write a thesis based on their undergraduate research. Students must register for one credit of CHEM 498 in the term in which they plan to submit their thesis.

Biomolecular Science Major (A.B. or B.S.) [Fall 2014] +

Biomolecular Science (A.B. or B.S)

May be elected as a departmental major program 

Effective Fall 2014  

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Biomolecular Science may not elect the following majors: Biology, General Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences, Microbiology, or Cell and Molecular Biology. They may also not elect any of the Chemistry minors.

The major in Biomolecular Science serves pre-health students and others who are not intending to go into science as a career but would benefit from a scientific credential. In addition to medicine, we envisage that this major will be of interest to students planning careers in fields such as education, journalism, science policy, business, law, etc. The Biomolecular Science major provides students with the core knowledge necessary to understand the chemical principles underpinning biology and the option to explore aspects of the subject of interest to them through a set of electives drawn from current course offerings in chemistry, biophysics and MCDB. The major differs from the Biochemistry major in requiring fewer courses and does not have a research component. Biomolecular Sciences is a less extensive major than Biochemistry, and is primarily aimed at those planning a career outside of the chemical sciences. Instead, this should be an attractive degree option for students who plan to pursue post-graduate studies in Biomedical or Health Sciences. Students who are intending to pursue graduate studies or an industrial career in biochemistry or related areas are strongly encouraged to elect the Biochemistry major.The major is structured so that students can readily convert to the BS major in Biochemistry if they decide to do so during the course of their studies.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172 and 173 (or the equivalent)
  • CHEM 130, 125/126; or CHEM 245/246 for students with AP credit for CHEM 130, 125/126
  • MATH 115 and 116 (or the equivalent)
  • PHYSICS [135/136 or 140/141] and [235/236 or 240/241] (or the equivalent).

Requirements for the major

A minimum of 26 credits. The major must include:

  1. Core: CHEM 210/211; CHEM 215; CHEM 260 or 230; CHEM 351* and 352
    *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 9 credits (three courses) with at least one course at the 400-level:
    List A. At least one course chosen from:
      • CHEM 303, 420, 451, 452, 453, 455
      • BIOLCHEM 451, 452
    1. List B. At least one course chosen from:
      • BIOLOGY 305
      • BIOPHYS 440;
      • CHEM 440
      • MCDB 405, 411, 422, 427, 428, 431, 437

Honors Plan 

Effective Winter 2013

Students may obtain Honors in Biomolecular Science by successfully completing all courses required for the Biomolecular Science major with an overall GPA of 3.4. In addition, students obtaining Honors must complete one additional upper-level Chemistry elective (chosen in consultation with the department advisor), complete four credits elected over at least two terms of CHEM 398 and write a thesis based on their undergraduate research. Students must register for one credit of CHEM 498 in the term in which they plan to submit their thesis.

Biomolecular Science Major (A.B. or B.S.) [Winter 2014-Summer 2014] +

Biomolecular Science (A.B. or B.S)

May be elected as a departmental major program 

Effective Winter 2014-Summer 2014 

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Biomolecular Science may not elect the following majors: Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences, Microbiology, or Cell and Molecular Biology. They may also not elect any of the Chemistry minors.

The major in Biomolecular Science serves pre-health students and others who are not intending to go into science as a career but would benefit from a scientific credential. In addition to medicine, we envisage that this major will be of interest to students planning careers in fields such as education, journalism, science policy, business, law, etc. The Biomolecular Science major provides students with the core knowledge necessary to understand the chemical principles underpinning biology and the option to explore aspects of the subject of interest to them through a set of electives drawn from current course offerings in chemistry, biophysics and MCDB. The major differs from the Biochemistry major in requiring fewer courses and does not have a research component. Biomolecular Sciences is a less extensive major than Biochemistry, and is primarily aimed at those planning a career outside of the chemical sciences. Instead, this should be an attractive degree option for students who plan to pursue post-graduate studies in Biomedical or Health Sciences. Students who are intending to pursue graduate studies or an industrial career in biochemistry or related areas are strongly encouraged to elect the Biochemistry major.The major is structured so that students can readily convert to the BS major in Biochemistry if they decide to do so during the course of their studies.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172 and 173 (or the equivalent)
  • CHEM 130, 125/126; or CHEM 245/246 for students with AP credit for CHEM 130, 125/126
  • MATH 115 and 116 (or the equivalent)
  • PHYSICS [135/136 or 140/141] and [235/236 or 240/241] (or the equivalent).

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 26 credits. The major must include:

  1. Core: CHEM 210/211; CHEM 215; CHEM 260 or 230; CHEM 351* and 352
    *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 9 credits (three courses) with at least one course at the 400-level:
    List A. At least one course chosen from:
      • CHEM 303, 420, 451, 452, 453, 455
      • BIOLCHEM 451, 452
    1. List B. At least one course chosen from:
      • BIOLOGY 305
      • BIOPHYS 440;
      • CHEM 440
      • MCDB 405, 411, 422, 427, 428, 431, 437

Honors Plan 

Effective Winter 2013

Students may obtain Honors in Biomolecular Science by successfully completing all courses required for the Biomolecular Science major with an overall GPA of 3.4. In addition, students obtaining Honors must complete one additional upper-level Chemistry elective (chosen in consultation with the department advisor), complete four credits elected over at least two terms of CHEM 398 and write a thesis based on their undergraduate research. Students must register for one credit of CHEM 498 in the term in which they plan to submit their thesis.

Biomolecular Science Major (A.B. or B.S.) (Winter 2013-Fall 2013) +

Biomolecular Science (A.B. or B.S)

May be elected as a departmental major program 

Effective Fall 2012-Fall 2013; Honors effective Winter 2013

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Biomolecular Science may not elect the following majors: Biochemistry, Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences, or Cell and Molecular Biology. They may also not elect any of the Chemistry minors.

The major in Biomolecular Science serves pre-health students and others who are not intending to go into science as a career but would benefit from a scientific credential. In addition to medicine, we envisage that this major will be of interest to students planning careers in fields such as education, journalism, science policy, business, law, etc. The Biomolecular Science major provides students with the core knowledge necessary to understand the chemical principles underpinning biology and the option to explore aspects of the subject of interest to them through a set of electives drawn from current course offerings in chemistry, biophysics and MCDB. The major differs from the Biochemistry major in requiring fewer courses and does not have a research component. The major is structured so that students can readily convert to the BS major in Biochemistry if they decide to do so during the course of their studies.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172 and 173 (or the equivalent)
  • CHEM 130, 125/126; or CHEM 245/246 for students with AP credit for CHEM 130, 125/126
  • MATH 115 and 116 (or the equivalent)
  • PHYSICS [135/136 or 140/141] and [235/236 or 240/241] (or the equivalent).

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 26 credits. The major must include:

  1. Core: CHEM 210/211; CHEM 215; CHEM 260 or 230; CHEM 351* and 352
    *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 9 credits (three courses) with at least one course at the 400-level:
    List A. At least one course chosen from:
      • CHEM 303, 420, 451, 452, 453
      • BIOLCHEM 451, 452
    1. List B. At least one course chosen from:
      • BIOLOGY 305
      • BIOPHYS 440;
      • CHEM 440
      • MCDB 405, 411, 422, 427, 428, 431, 437

Honors Plan 

Effective Winter 2013

Students may obtain Honors in Biomolecular Science by successfully completing all courses required for the Biomolecular Science major with an overall GPA of 3.4. In addition, students obtaining Honors must complete one additional upper-level Chemistry elective (chosen in consultation with the department advisor), complete four credits elected over at least two terms of CHEM 398 and write a thesis based on their undergraduate research. Students must register for one credit of CHEM 498 in the term in which they plan to submit their thesis.

Biomolecular Science Major (A.B. or B.S.) (Fall 2012) +

Biomolecular Science (A.B. or B.S)

May be elected as a departmental major program 

Effective Fall 2012 

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Biomolecular Science may not elect the following majors: Biochemistry, Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences, or Cell and Molecular Biology. They may also not elect any of the Chemistry minors.

The major in Biomolecular Science serves pre-health students and others who are not intending to go into science as a career career but would benefit from a scientific credential. In addition to medicine, we envisage that this major will be of interest to students planning careers in fields such as education, journalism, science policy, business, law, etc. The Biomolecular Science major provides students with the core knowledge necessary to understand the chemical principles underpinning biology and the option to explore aspects of the subject of interest to them through a set of electives drawn from current course offerings in chemistry, biophysics and MCDB. The major differs from the Biochemistry major in requiring  fewer courses and does not have a research component. The major is structured so that students can readily convert to the BS major in Biochemistry if they decide to do so during the course of their studies

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172 and 173 (or the equivalent)
  • CHEM 130, 125/126; or CHEM 245/246 for students with AP credit for CHEM 130, 125/126
  • MATH 115 and 116 (or the equivalent)
  • PHYSICS [135/136 or 140/141] and [235/236 or 240/241] (or the equivalent).

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 26 credits. The major must include:

  1. Core: CHEM 210/211; CHEM 215; CHEM 260 or 230; CHEM 351* and 352
    *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 9 credits (three courses) with at least one course at the 400-level:
    List A. At least one course chosen from:
      • CHEM 303, 420, 451, 452, 453;
      • BIOLCHEM 451, 452
    1. List B. At least one course chosen from:
      • BIOLOGY 305
      • BIOPHYS 440;
      • CHEM 440
      • MCDB 405, 411, 422, 427, 428, 431, 437

 


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