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2011-2012 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry – Major


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Chemistry is a fundamental science that is critical to the understanding of many other scientific and health professional fields. An understanding of the molecular nature of substances, and how they react, enables one to understand how they can best be used to improve our lives.

Over the years, chemists have contributed enormously to the health and well-being of their fellow human beings. Physicians, for example, may prescribe lifesaving drugs; but chemists discover them and make them. The efficiency and productivity of U.S. and worldwide agriculture is due in no small part to the chemical fertilizers and insecticides that chemists have synthesized. Chemists also play an important role in evaluating and treating environmental problems (i.e., “green chemistry”) and help to address national security concerns, such as the detection of chemical weapons and explosives.

Chemists are employed in industries as diverse as petroleum refining, food processing, cosmetics, rubber, plastics, fabrics, and energy production. In government labs, they monitor the environment and the purity of our foods and drugs, and in forensic chemistry laboratories, they identify and assist in prosecuting criminals. Many teach the wonders of science in settings from junior high school to university. Some chemistry majors use their degrees as the basis for professional training in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, law, or business.

Biochemistry Degree Requirements


To qualify for the bachelor of science in biochemistry, a minimum of 129 credit hours of approved courses is required, including courses in the natural and social sciences, mathematics, humanities, and communications, which are required to meet the University general education curriculum.

A minimum of 45 credit hours of courses in all areas of chemistry and 16 credit hours in biology is required, along with supporting courses in mathematics and physics as indicated below. These courses also satisfy 13 credit hours of the general education curriculum.

American Chemical Society certification of the degree can be obtained by inclusion of selected chemistry courses as part of the 45 credit hours required, together with additional electives. Students are also strongly encouraged to complete as part of their degree program, an undergraduate research project with the guidance of a department faculty member.

In order to earn a degree from the Misher College of Arts and Sciences, a student must complete thirty (30) in-residence credits at a University campus. Fifteen (15) of the thirty in-residence credits must be at the 300 level or higher. In-residence credits are defined as credits for courses offered by the University for which a student receives credit and a grade that can contribute to the student’s calculated grade point average.

Passing the writing proficiency examination is a graduation requirement for students who entered in Catalog Year 2008 or earlier (see Catalog Year for Degree Requirements). Students who have failed the examination are urged to seek assistance from the Writing Center.

Supporting Requirements in Sciences and Mathematics (29–30 credits)


And one of the following:


And one of the following:


Biochemistry Program Electives I and II (6 credits)


Students must choose a minimum of 6 credits from any combination of the courses listed below. A maximum of 3 credits of CH 450 and CH 480 can be used to meet this requirement, and both courses require the approval of the department chair prior to registration. Additional courses, including graduate courses, may be selected with the approval of the department chair.

Free Electives (3 credits)


Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Program


Students may take advantage of the opportunity to integrate their BS degree program with one of the graduate degree programs offered through the department in either chemistry or biochemistry, including the MS (non-thesis), MS (thesis) and PhD programs. Students should consult with the department’s graduate program director regarding the differences among the various options and the specific requirements that they need to meet in order to enroll in the integrated program. Students may apply to the integrated program at any point prior to the beginning of the fourth year of their BS program. However, because not all graduate courses are offered every year, the time required to complete a BS/MS integrated program will depend in part on when students enter the program.

Sample Biochemistry Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Year 2008 (graduating class of 2012)—with general education.

First Year


Second Year


Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 15


Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

And one of the following:


Credits/Semester: 17–18


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • Biochemistry or General Education Requirement Credits: 3–4
    (See Footnote 1 Below)

Credits/Semester: 16–17


Spring Semester


  • Biochemistry or General Education Requirement Credits: 3–4
    (See Footnote 1 Below)

Credits/Semester: 15–16


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Biochemistry Program Elective I Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 2 Below)
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Free Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16


Spring Semester


  • Biochemistry Program Elective II Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 2 Below)
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Free Elective Credits: 6

Credits/Semester: 16


Total Minimum Credits: 129


Footnotes:


  1. Students typically take either BS 240 in the fall semester or CH 322 in the spring semester. This choice will impact which biochemistry program elective can be taken in fourth year.
  2. Biochemistry program electives, in addition to the preapproved list, may be selected from other appropriate undergraduate courses with the approval of the department chair, as well as graduate courses in bioinformatics, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, and pharmacognosy, with the approval of the instructor and department chair.

General Notes:


  1. American Chemical Society certification of the biochemistry BS degree may be obtained by selecting the following as biochemistry program electives or free electives:
    CH 322 - Physical Chemistry II
    CH 376 - Instrumental Analysis
    CH 377 - Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
    CH 416 - Chemical Synthesis Laboratory
    CH 431 - Inorganic Chemistry
  2. The CH 450 - Undergraduate Research experience is strongly encouraged for all department majors. An application form is available in the department office.

Sample Biochemistry Curriculum Plan


Students entering Catalog Years 2009 and beyond (graduating classes of 2013 and beyond)—with general education.

First Year


Second Year


Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 15


Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

And one of the following:


Credits/Semester: 17–18


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • Biochemistry or General Education Requirement Credits: 3–4
    (See Footnote 1 Below)

Credits/Semester: 16–17


Spring Semester


  •  Biochemistry or General Education Requirement Credits: 3–4
    (See Footnote 1 Below)

Credits/Semester: 15-16


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Biochemistry Program Elective I Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 2 Below)
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Free Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16


Spring Semester


  • Biochemistry Program Elective II Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 2 Below)
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Free Elective Credits: 6

Credits/Semester: 16


Total Minimum Credits: 129


Footnotes:


  1. Students typically take either BS 240 in the fall semester or CH 322 in the spring semester. This choice will impact which biochemistry program eective can be taken in fourth year.
  2. Biochemistry program electives, in addition to the preapproved list, may be selected from other appropriate undergraduate courses with the approval of the department chair, as well as graduate courses in bioinformatics, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, and pharmacognosy, with the approval of the instructor and department chair.

General Notes:


  1. American Chemical Society certification of the biochemistry BS degree may be obtained by selecting the following as biochemistry program electives or free electives
    CH 322 - Physical Chemistry II
    CH 376 - Instrumental Analysis
    CH 377 - Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
    CH 416 - Chemical Synthesis Laboratory
    CH 431 - Inorganic Chemistry
  2. The CH 450 - Undergraduate Research experience is strongly encouraged for all department majors. An application form is available in the department office.

 

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