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Advisors: Stephen Cessna and Laurie Miller Yoder
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Semester Hours: 55-58

The major in biochemistry prepares students for graduate work in biochemistry or positions in the biotechnology industry.

Chemistry Courses (36 SH)

  • BIOCH 318 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Lab - 2  Details
  • BIOCH 376 Foundational Biochemistry - 3  Details
  • *BIOCH 398 Advanced Cell Biology - 3  Details
  • *BIOCH 438 Molecular Genetics - 3  Details
  • CHEM 223 General Chemistry I - Details
  • CHEM 224 General Chemistry II - 4  Details
  • CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry I - 4  Details
  • CHEM 316 Organic Chemistry II - 4  Details
  • *CHEM 325 Analytical Chemistry I Details  OR *CHEM 345 Analytical Chemistry II - Details
  • *CHEM 405 Thermodynamics  Details OR *CHEM 406 Quantum Mechanics - 3  Details

Research Course (2 SH)
Choose from the following:

  • BIOCH/CHEM 479 Biochemistry/Chemistry Research - 1-2  Details
  • BIOL 255 Biology Research Seminar - 1  Details
  • BIOL 479 Independent Biology Research - 1-2  Details
  • completing an NSF REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program (no credit hours received)
  • internship or practicum style experiences

Biology, Mathematics and Physics Courses (23-26 SH)

  • BIOL 173 Concepts in Biology-Unity and Diversity of Life - 4  Details
  • BIOL 174 Concepts in Biology Seminar - 1  Details
  • BIOL 240 Molecular and Cellular Biology - 4  Details
  • BIOL 485 Faith Science and Ethics - 2  Details
  • *MATH 150 Elements of Calculus - 3  Details  OR MATH 185 Calculus I - 4  Details
  • MATH 195 Calculus II - 4  Details OR STAT 220 Inferential Statistics - 2  Details
  • PHYS 252 and PHYS 253 University Physics I, lecture  Details  and laboratory  Details  - 4 
  • PHYS 262 and PHYS 263 University Physics II, lecture  Details and laboratory  Details  - 4

* indicates the course is offered in alternate years

Enrollment in upper-level biology, biochemistry, chemistry and environmental science courses (BIOL, BIOCH, CHEM, ENVS 300s and 400s) requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all science and math courses (BIOL, BIOCH, CHEM, ENVS, MATH, PHYS). Students who fail to earn a C- in any coursework required for their major should promptly schedule a meeting with their advisor.

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