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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.

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.


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

To see a more detailed list of the requirements, please see the listing in the
Undergraduate Catalog.