Biochemistry Major

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biochemistry is based upon the recommendations of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The degree requires 36 credit hours of chemistry, 15-16 credit hours of biology, and 15 credit hours of cognate coursework. Specific course requirements are outlined below.

To earn a major in biochemistry, a student must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all required chemistry and biology coursework. Grades in cognate courses are not included in the GPA calculation. Elective credits beyond the required number may not be included in the calculation. To receive the Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, students must receive a grade of C- or higher in every chemistry and biology course required for the major, excluding cognate coursework.

Student Learning Outcomes for the Biochemistry Program

Through completion of the Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry, our graduates will:

  1. acquire an understanding of fundamental biochemical principles and integrate these principles from major areas of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic and physical) and biology (cellular, organismal, molecular and genetics)
  2. develop laboratory skills in biochemistry
  3. engage in the scientific process through participation in faculty-sponsored research projects
  4. enhance oral and written communication skills appropriate for biochemists

* Students are not permitted to double major in Biochemistry with either Biology or Chemistry. Statistics, computer science, and additional math courses are recommended for majors in chemistry and biochemistry, but are not required.

Chemistry Courses

* A research experience must also be completed, either with Converse faculty or in a pre-approved external summer setting. Research performed on campus may be completed in either the biology or chemistry department.

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36

Required Biology Courses

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8

Biology Selection

Choose two of the following five courses:

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7-8

Math Cognate Requirements

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7

Physics Cognate Requirements

Complete one of the following Physics series:

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8
Total credits:
67

Overview

Program

Type

Bachelor of Science, BS