Biochemistry Major

The biochemistry major is intended to prepare students for advanced study in areas such as biochemistry, biotechnology, medicinal chemistry, and the health sciences including medical school. It is also excellent preparation for students interested in careers in the area of cell and molecular biology and medical research.

A biochemistry major consists of a series of required courses in chemistry and biology plus at least 8 credits of biology and chemistry electives. Students planning to pursue advanced study are strongly encouraged to participate in research projects and to consider additional electives in their area of interest. Supporting courses in mathematics and physics are also required.

Students will complete ten courses plus a capstone as follows:


  • Chem 101 General Chemistry I
  • Chem 102 General Chemistry II
  • Chem 201 Organic Chemistry I
  • Chem 202 Organic Chemistry II
  • Chem 301 Physical Chemistry
  • Chem 330 Biochemistry
  • Chem 330L Cellular Biochemistry Laboratory
  • Biol 111 Principles of Biology II
  • Biol 334 Cellular Biology
  • Biol 360 Molecular Genetics
  • Mat 151 Calculus


  • Biol/Chem 370 Biochemistry Seminar (.5 course)
  • Biol/Chem 398 Research (.25 course)
  • Biol/Chem 386 Capstone Writing and Presentation in Biochemistry (.5 course)

Capstone Experience – The department allows students to fulfill the requirement of a capstone experience in a variety of ways. Students can combine a summer research experience (like an REU), an internship, a seminar Biol/Chem 370) or on campus research experience (Biol/Chem 398) with Chem 386 – Capstone Writing and Presentation to complete the capstone requirement. Students using a seminar as part of the capstone experience will need to complete a literature review of a topic explored in the seminar as a basis for their paper and presentation in Chem 386.

*For those students planning on going to graduate school in a field related to biochemistry, it is recommended to take at least 2 additional electives selected from the following:

  • Biol 251 Microbiology
  • Biol 285 Developmental Biology
  • Chem 205 Quantitative Analysis
  • Chem 307 Instrumental Analysis
  • Biol/Chem 398 Independent Research
  • Biol/Chem 390/390 Special Topics
  • And all of the supporting courses listed below:
  • Physics 151/152 OR 191/192
  • Math 152
  • Math 135