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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry, B.S.

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Minimum number of credits required to graduate:  124

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate:  2.0

Minimum number of credits to complete the major:  66


The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biochemistry prepares graduates to enter directly into the many areas of the chemical industry, or to pursue advanced studies in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, medicine, dentistry or veterinary science. This program provides a thorough understanding of chemical and biological principles, both theoretical and practical. A strong emphasis is placed on laboratory work and excellent instrumentation facilities are available for student use. Students have the option of conducting independent research and/or summer research, and participating in internships and co-op opportunities.

Biochemistry majors may want to consider a minor in forensic science, mathematics, physics, or education (middle or secondary school). Students can fulfill the standard prerequisites for professional schools (medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, or physician assistant) by majoring in Biochemistry. Some professional schools recommend that students take additional courses.

Students can receive an ACS Certified BS Biochemistry degree by taking two additional courses (CHM 4910 Directed Research I and CHM 4920 Directed Research II) above those required for the BS degree.

Major Requirements

And 1 of the following three courses



Advanced Courses

Four semester credit hours of a Chemistry or Biology advanced course at the 4000 level or greater.

Internship courses (such as CHM4930/4940 or BIO4095) cannot be used to satisfy this requirement

BS Biochemistry Degree with ACS Certification

Students may earn an ACS-certified BS in Biochemistry degree by taking two additional courses above the requirements for the BS degree. Students will perform an independent research project with a faculty mentor and gain invaluable experience working in a chemistry research laboratory. This option is an excellent choice for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in either chemistry or biochemistry.

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