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Department of Biology






BS in Biochemistry

BS in Biochemistry requirements in mathematics, chemistry and physics differ significantly from those accepted for the degree.  However, these BS in Biology, General courses are also accepted for the degree.  If you are interested in Biochemistry but are not exactly sure you may want to begin with the biochemistry curriculum, as you can easily switch from Biochemistry to Biology.

Sample BS in Biochemistry Curriculum

For the undergraduate degree a minimum of 126 semester hours of credit are needed for graduation. 

Foundations Curriculum:.....................................42 s.h.

English Composition (ENGL 1100, 1200)............6 s.h

General Chemistry (CHEM 1150, 1151; 1160, 1161)..8 s.h.

Social Science .............................12 s.h.

 

Courses to be selected from at least three of the following areas:

Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Communications, History

College Algebra (MATH 1065)..........................3 s.h.

Humanities and Fine Arts...............................10 s.h.

 

At least one course in humanities and one in fine arts from the following:

Humanities: Literature (English or American), Literature in a foreign language or in translation (see Departments of English and Foreign Language and Literatures), Philosophy, Religious Studies, Selected Linguistics Courses

Fine Arts: Art, Music, Theatre Arts, Dance, Communications (Selected courses)


Health and Exercise, Sport Science (HLTH 1000, EXSS 1000)........3 s.h.


Biology  ……………………………………………………………… 22 s.h.

Principles of Biology I and Laboratory(BIOL 1100, 1101) (3,1) 

Principles of Biology II and Laboratory(BIOL 1200, 1201) (3,1) 

Principles of Genetics (BIOL 2300) (3)

Cellular Physiology (BIOL 3310, 3311) (4,0) 

Principles of Biochemistry I,II and lab (BIOL 5800, 5810, 5821) (3,3,1)


Chemistry: ……………………………………………………………..18 s.h.

Quantitative & Instrumental Analysis (CHEM 2250, 2251) (3,2) 

Organic Chemistry I & Laboratory (CHEM 2750, 2753) (3,1) 

Organic Chemistry & Laboratory II (CHEM 2760, 2763) (3,1) 

Physical Chemistry & Laboratory I (CHEM 3950, 3951) (4,1)* 

Physical Chemistry & Laboratory II (CHEM 3960, 3961) (4,1)*

*Research option: In place of CHEM 3950/51 and CHEM 3960, 61: Introduction to Physical Chemistry & Laboratory (CHEM 3850, 51) (4,1) PLUS 5 s.h. of Research Problems courses in BIOL or CHEM.


Cognate courses: 25 - 27 s.h.

Introduction to Functions (MATH 1083) (3) OR Pre-Calculus Mathematics (MATH 1085) (5) 

Calculus I, II, III (Math 2171, 2172, 2173) (4,4,4) 

General Physics Laboratory (PHYS 1251,1261) (1,1) 

University Physics (PHYS 2350, 2360) (4,4)

 

Elective courses (may be selected from the following, or consult your advisor)…………………………………………………………….6 s.h. 

Basic Laboratory Methods for Biotechnology (BIOL 2100,               2101) (3,0) 

Microbiology (BIOL 3220, 3221) (4,0)

BIOL 5510, 5511. Transmission Electron Microscopy (4) (P: Senior standing as a BIOL major or consent of instructor)

BIOL 5520, 5521. Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Analysis (2,0) (P: Senior standing as a BIOL major or consent of instructor)

Molecular Biology of the Gene (BIOL 5870) (3) 

Biotechniques and Laboratory (BIOL 5900, 5901) (2,3) 

Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations (MATH 4331) (3)

CHEM 3960, 3961 or all of the following: BIOL3550, 4550, 4514

 

General electives to complete 126 semester hours.