Students interested in art can obtain a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication Design. Detailed information on this bachelor’s degree program can be found in the section Visual Communication Design. A minor is also offered in art. Please see an academic advisor for more information. For specific information regarding minor requirements, please consult the minors section of the catalog.
School of the Sciences
Department of Chemistry
Associate Dean and Chair: Ellen Roskes, Ph.D.
Biochemistry Program Description
Biochemistry is a scientific discipline that integrates and applies chemical and biological principles in exploring and understanding the chemistry of living organisms. In the biochemistry major, students are grounded in the chemical, physical, and biological principles that characterize living systems, and they develop an interdisciplinary mindset that prepares them to embrace the interdependent nature of these areas of study. In addition, students develop facility with a wide variety of technical skills required in the modern workforce in both research and industrial environments. By working with modern instrumentation in well-equipped laboratory facilities, students develop excellent laboratory and analytical skills, preparing them for employment in a variety of biochemical fields, graduate study in biochemistry or related areas, and a career in a variety of professional arenas, including pharmacy, medicine, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, and dentistry. Because students first gain a basic understanding of the principles of biochemistry and then are required to explore science independently, through research, internships and/or a capstone experience, graduates from this program will be well-prepared to meet the rapidly changing research, clinical, and technical demands of our modern world.
Biochemistry Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, graduates will be able to
Biochemistry Program Policies
Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 in the major, and the lowest acceptable grade is a “C” in all major and secondary science and math required courses. Please see the specific program requirements for a listing of the required courses.
No student, regardless of major, will be permitted to take a science or math course unless a grade of “C” or better is earned in all prerequisite courses. A student may not earn a grade of “C-” or lower in any science or math course more than three times during the program. If a fourth grade of “C-” or lower is earned in any science or math course, the student will be automatically dismissed from the chemistry major.
Probation: The student who earns any combination of two grades of “C-” or lower in a science or math course will be notified, in writing, by the department chair that he or she is on probation in the School of the Sciences. The student's progress will be monitored closely and continuance in the major will be reviewed by the department chair and/or the Dean of the School of the Sciences.
Final Probation: The student who earns any combination of three grades of “C-” or lower in a science or math course will be notified, in writing, by the department chair that he or she is on final probation in the School of the Sciences. The student's progress will be monitored closely and continuance in the major will be reviewed by the department chair and/or the Dean of the School of the Sciences.
Dismissal: If a fourth grade of “C-” or lower in any science or math course is earned, the student will be automatically dismissed from the major.
Biochemistry Program Requirements
The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in biochemistry. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson core curriculum. Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.
Some secondary requirements, which are noted by an asterisk (*) in the list below, can also be used to fulfill a core curriculum requirement. Courses with one or more pre- or co-requisites are listed in the course description.
Senior Capstone Experiences (Select One):
BIOCH 450, 460 or 460H Sr. Research Capstone in Biochemistry
BIOCH 455, 465, or 465H Sr. Internship Capstone in Biochemistry
++ Students choosing one of the 9-credit senior capstone options can take one less upper level biochemistry elective
Elective courses Group 1
Select two from the following list:
Elective courses Group 2
Select three from the following list
(one must be CHEM, one must be BIO or MT and at least two of the courses must be at the 300 level or higher):
Biochemistry Other Options
A minor is not offered in biochemistry. Students majoring in biochemistry may not earn a minor in biology or chemistry.
The BS/MS option is available for students majoring in biochemistry who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work for a master's degree in forensic science in the chemistry, biology, or crime scene investigation track. Students choosing this option may earn their master's degree in as little as one year after their bachelor's degree. Students must formally apply for entrance into this BS/MS option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their advisor.
Please see the Forensic Sciences section of this catalog for more information.
Biochemistry Course Descriptions
For biology course descriptions please see the biology section of the catalog, and for chemistry course descriptions please see the chemistry section of the catalog.