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    Jun 24, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry, BSBC

The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry provides hands-on training for a research or medical career in biochemistry.

Degree requirements

The following requirements must be satisfied for a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry. Foundation course requirements must be successfully completed prior to advancing to upper-division major requirements.

Hours required and general/college requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 36 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor’s degree as specified in the University Core Curriculum  in the Academics  section of this catalog and the College of Science degree requirements .

Major requirements

Foundation course requirements

The Foundation course requirements listed below must be completed before enrollment in 3000 and 4000 level courses required for the major.  Successful completion is based on achieving a C or better in each course and an overall 2.5 grade point average in these courses.

Other course requirements

These requirements include a replacement of a University Core course, and courses in math and physics (take all courses in either physics option 1 or 2).

Biology requirements

Students must complete a minor of 20 hours in biology, which includes the biology foundation courses and at least 12 hours as follows:


Hours required for electives may vary based on course selection and the University Core Curriculum  requirements. Electives may be required to satisfy the advanced hour requirement and/or the minimum total hours required for the degree. For specific information, see an academic advisor in the College of Science.

Other requirements

Only two attempts will be allowed for each biology and biochemistry course in the degree. Grade of C or better and minimum 2.5 grade point average in Foundation courses, C or better in all upper-division courses counting towards major requirements, and an overall 2.0 grade point average are required for graduation. All students seeking to enter the Department of Biological Sciences, with the exception of beginning freshmen, must meet the minimum grade point averages given above. Students in the department whose Foundation course or overall grade point average drops below the minimum for two consecutive semesters will be removed from the program.

Four-year degree plan (example)

The following four-year plan is one example of a variety of ways in which you can complete your chosen degree in four years, and will serve as a guide for you to design your pathway to degree completion. Variations will depend on whether you need to take prerequisites or have college credit from exams or dual enrollment.

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
CHEM 1430 - Laboratory Sequence for General Chemistry   1 hour   CHEM 1440 - Laboratory Sequence for General Chemistry   1 hour  
MATH 1650 - Pre-Calculus   5 hours   ENGL 1310 - First-Year Writing I    3 hours  
Biochemistry First Sem BIOL 3 hours  MATH 1710 - Calculus I   4 hours  
Biochemistry First Sem BIOL Lab 2 hours  Biochemistry Second Sem BIOL 3 hours 
First Semester Chemistry* 3 hours  Second Semester Chemistry* 3 hours 
Total 14 hours Total 14 hours


Year 2

Semester 1 Semester 2
CHEM 2370 - Organic Chemistry   3 hours   CHEM 2380 - Organic Chemistry   3 hours  
CHEM 3210 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory    1 hour   CHEM 3220 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory   1 hour   
MATH 1720 - Calculus II   3 hours   Government/Political Science Core   3 hours 
TECM 2700 - Technical Writing   3 hours    Language, Philosophy and Culture Core   3 hours 
Biochemistry First Sem PHYS 3 hours  Biochemistry Second Sem PHYS 3 hours 
Biochemistry First Sem PHYS LAB 1 hour Biochemistry Second Sem PHYS LAB 1 hour
    Elective 3 hours 
Total 14 hours Total 17 hours


Year 3

Semester 1 Semester 2
BIOC 4540 - Biochemistry I   3 hours   BIOC 4550 - Biochemistry II   3 hours  
BIOC 4560 - Biochemistry Laboratory   2 hours    CHEM 3451 - Quantitative Analysis   3 hours  
BIOL 3451 - Genetics   3 hours   CHEM 3452 - Quantitative Analysis Laboratory   1 hour   
BIOL 3452 - Genetics Laboratory   1 hour   American History Core   3 hours 
American History Core   3 hours  Creative Arts Core   3 hours 
Elective-advanced 3 hours Elective 3 hours
Total 15 hours Total 16 hours


Year 4

Semester 1 Semester 2
CHEM 3510 - Physical Chemistry I   3 hours    CHEM 3520 - Physical Chemistry II   3 hours  
BIOL 3510 - Cell Biology   3 hours   BIOC 4570 - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Gene   3 hours  
BIOL 3520 - Cell Biology Laboratory   1 hour   BIOC 4580 - Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory   2 hours  
Government/Political Science Core   3 hours  Advanced Biology Lecture and Lab elective** 4 hours 
Social and Behavioral Sciences Core   3 hours  Elective 2 hours 
Elective 3 hours    
Total 16 hours Total 14 hours


*See chemistry courses under “Foundation requirements.”

**See “Biology requirements” above for requirements.