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.
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/Bradley Core Curriculum courses would be distributed among the eight semesters.
|Freshman||General Chemistry I with lab
|General Chemistry II with lab
From Molecules to Cells with lab
|Sophomore||Organic Chemistry I with lab
Physics I with lab
|Organic Chemistry II with lab
Physics II with lab
|Junior||Biochemistry with lab
Genetics with lab
Physical Chemistry I with lab
|Protein Structure and Function
Cell Biology with lab
To see a more detailed list of the requirements, please see the listing in the Undergraduate Catalog.