Biochemistry Major

Biochemistry Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete a major in Biochemistry are expected to be able to:

  • Think critically and creatively to develop appropriate biochemical research questions;
  • Use the scientific method to carry out laboratory investigations that address biochemical questions;
  • Clearly and persuasively communicate the results of scientific investigations in written and oral forms;
  • Use an understanding of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics concepts to organize and evaluate the research findings found in the primary Biochemistry literature;
  • Explain how science and technology impact society, both positively and negatively, with attention to the limitations of science;
  • Use and synthesize the fundamental concepts of Chemistry, Biology, and Physics to analyze and solve complex problems involving living systems.

The Biochemistry Major

The Biochemistry major requires a group of introductory and upper level courses from the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics Departments. In addition, majors must take the Junior Seminar offered by one of the participating departments (BIO 580 or CHEM 584). Students may choose an area of specialty within the major via additional electives and the selection of an appropriate Senior Project (BCHEM 600 and BCHEM 610). No courses required for the major may be taken on a Credit/No Credit basis.

Requirements:

MATH 160 - Calculus I
Placement into MATH 170 satisfies the MATH 160 requirement for the major.
MATH 170 - Calculus II

PHYS 110 - Core Concepts in Physics I
When scheduling permits, students are strongly encouraged to enroll in PHYS 110 rather than PHYS 101. Note that enrollment in PHYS 110 is limited to first and second year students.
OR
PHYS 101 - Fundamentals of Physics I
When scheduling permits, students are strongly encouraged to enroll in PHYS 110 rather than PHYS 101. Note that enrollment in PHYS 110 is limited to first and second year students.

BIO 220 - Organismal Physiology and Ecology
BIO 221 - Genetics, Development and Evolution
BIO 305 - Molecular Biology

CHEM 120 - Chemical Concepts 1
Placement into CHEM 122 satisfies the CHEM 120 requirement for the major.
CHEM 122 - Chemical Concepts 2
CHEM 231 - Organic Chemistry I: Form and Function
CHEM 242 - Physical Chemistry
CHEM 253 - Introductory Biochemistry

FSBIO 201 - Investigative Approaches in Biology
OR
FSCHE 201 - Research Methods in Chemistry

6 Credits of Upper-Level Biology and Chemistry Electives:

One each from Biology and Chemistry*:

Junior Seminar:

CHEM 584 - Junior Seminar
OR
Approved section of
BIO 580 - Junior Seminar

Note:

*Please note that many of the upper-level electives have pre-requisites that must be satisfied prior to enrollment.



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