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Mund-Lagowski Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Olin Hall 201
(309) 677-3030

Biochemistry Major

The Biochemistry major is a good choice for students interested in a wide variety of careers, from laboratory work (industry, hospital, university, or government) to medicine/dentistry to forensic science, and even law. As its name implies, biochemistry is the study of the chemical basis of processes that occur in living systems. Over the past thirty or so years, our understanding of biochemistry and the tools available for its study have advanced at an amazing pace, and biochemistry has grown into one of the dominant sub-disciplines of chemistry. The curriculum exposes students to the rapidly growing field of biochemistry with three required courses, including one in Protein Structure and Function and another in Intermediary Metabolism. While the focus of Biochemistry major is on chemistry, our majors also develop a strong background in biology by taking courses such as Genetics and Cell Biology.

In addition to meeting the general education requirements of the University and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Biochemistry majors must successfully complete the following courses:

Dept Course Title Credit Hrs.
Chemistry 110/111 General Chemistry I with lab 4
  116/117 General Chemistry II with lab 5
  252/253 Organic Chemistry I with lab 5
  256/257 Organic Chemistry II with lab 4
  292 Chemical Informatics 1
  326 Analytical Chemistry with lab 4
  360/361 Biochemistry with lab 4
  380 Junior Seminar (2 semesters) 0
  420 Instrumental Analysis 4
  465 Protein Structure and Function 3
  466 Intermediary Metabolism 3
  470/471 Physical Chemistry I with lab 4
  480 Senior Seminar 1
Biology 151/152 From Molecules to Cells with lab 4
  310 Genetics with lab 4
  464 Cell Biology with lab 4
Math   Calculus (2 semesters) 7 or 8
Physics   Physics I & II with labs 8
    Total credits 69-70

Four Year Plan

A biochemistry major might complete the required science courses according to the following schedule. Students need not exceed a full load (16 credits) in any semester to graduate in four years. Note that required general education courses would be distributed among the eight semesters.


Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Freshman General Chemistry I with lab
Calculus I
General Chemistry II with lab
Calculus II
From Molecules to Cells with lab
Sophomore Organic Chemistry I with lab
Physics I with lab
Organic Chemistry II with lab
Analytical Chemistry
Chemical Informatics
Physics II with lab
Junior Biochemistry with lab
Genetics with lab
Physical Chemistry I with lab
Junior Seminar
Protein Structure and Function
Cell Biology with lab
Junior Seminar
Senior Instrumental Analysis
Senior Seminar
Intermediary Metabolism