Art

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.

Biochemistry

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

  1. Apply knowledge of chemical principles to the understanding of living systems.
  2. Describe the ways in which biomolecules contribute to the structure and function of cells.
  3. Design and execute scientific experiments using the scientific method.
  4. Interpret scientific data and communicate findings.
  5. Exhibit behaviors consistent with the professional and ethical standards of the discipline.
  6. Evaluate current scientific advances using knowledge of biochemical principles.
  7. Evaluate scientific discovery in terms of its scientific merit and its ethical, societal, and global implications.

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.

Major Requirements:

BIO 113

BIO 113L

Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics

Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics Lab

BIO 230

Genetics

BIOCH 327

Biochemistry

BIOCH 327L

Biochemistry Lab

BIOCH 427

Advanced Biochemistry

CHEM 115

General Chemistry I

CHEM 115L

CHEM 115S

General Chemistry I Laboratory

General Chemistry I SoLVE

CHEM 116

General Chemistry II

CHEM 116L

CHEM 116S

General Chemistry II Laboratory

General Chemistry II SoLVE

CHEM 210

CHEM 210L

Organic Chemistry I

Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

CHEM 211

CHEM 211L

Organic Chemistry II

Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

CHEM 213

Electronic Literature Searching

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:

BIO 310

Cell Biology

BIO 330

Molecular Genetics

CHEM 333

Physical Chemistry

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):

BIO 203

Microbiology

BIO 255

Techniques in Molecular Biology

BIO 310

Cell Biology (if not used as a group 1 elective)

BIO 322

Human Physiology

BIO 330

Molecular Genetics (if not used as a group 1 elective)

BIO 335

Immunology

BIO 355

Advanced Techniques in Molecular Biology

BIO 430

Bioinformatics

BIOCH 365

Independent Research in Biochemistry

CHEM 310/310L

Analytical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry Lab

CHEM 320/320L

Inorganic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry Lab

CHEM 330/330L

Advanced Organic Chemistry and

 

Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab

CHEM 333

Physical Chemistry (if not used as a group 1 elective)

CHEM 340

Medicinal Chemistry

CHEM 410/410L

Instrumental Analysis and Instrumental Analysis Lab

CHEM 431/431L

Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and

 

Physical Chem: Quantum Mechanics Lab

CHEM 432/432L

Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and

 

Physical Chemistry:Thermodynamics Lab

MATH 235

Statistical Methods

Secondary Requirements:

MATH 220

Calculus I*

PHIL 415

Professional Ethics*

PHYS 210

General Physics I* or

PHYS 215

General Physics I with Calculus*

PHYS 211

General Physics II* or

PHYS 216

General Physics II with Calculus*

SCI 100

School of the Sciences New Student Seminar

Biochemistry Other Options

Minor:

A minor is not offered in biochemistry. Students majoring in biochemistry may not earn a minor in biology or chemistry.

BS/MS option:

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.