Apr 15, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry, BS

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Students with this degree have entered graduate or professional programs in medicine, dentistry, chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, wood products chemistry, genetic counseling, materials science, chemical life sciences, and others. Graduates have embarked on professional careers in industries related to health care, clinical analysis, pharmaceuticals, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, biotechnology, nutrition, and biochemical informatics, to name a few.

Our students benefit from the department’s dedication to its mission and from the capstone experience that initiates with a seminar course in which students engage with a contemporary problem in chemistry or biochemistry. In subsequent quarters, students address questions raised in their initial investigations by performing research in collaboration with a faculty mentor or with one of several local companies. The experience culminates with a seminar course in which written and oral presentations of the research are shared by all.


In order to earn the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biochemistry, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter credits with a cumulative and major/department grade point average of 2.00, including the following:


  1. For the American Chemical Society certified degree option, 400 hours of lab beyond CHEM 1501 /1511   are required. CHEM 3500  and CHEM 3520 /3521  are highly recommended electives for students planning graduate work in biochemistry. 
  2. CHEM 4950  is limited to a maximum of 2 credits. Credit not applied towards the major may count as general elective.