Biochemistry Major (BS)


The goal of the biochemistry major is to prepare students interested in understanding living systems with the knowledge and technical skills needed to understand how organisms function at the molecular level. The program addresses structure, function, and regulation of biomolecules and supramolecular assemblies at both the cellular and multicellular level. Biochemistry graduates will be prepared with the knowledge and technical skills necessary for careers in health care, pharmaceuticals, biotechnical research and development, and public policy and regulation in addition to possibilities for further development in graduate or professional programs.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare a major in biochemistry.

Program Requirements

Students in the biochemistry major pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete its requirements.

General Education Requirements (34* credits)

  • ENG 112 College Composition (3 credits) (Q)
  • Oral Communication (3 credits) (Y)
  • Social Science (3 credits) (S)
  • Humanities (3 credits) (H)
  • US History & Civic Engagement (3 credits) (V)
  • World History & Global Awareness (3 credits) (O)
  • World Language (3 credits) (R)
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice (3 credits) (D)
  • Arts (3 credits) (F)
  • Contemporary Issues (3 credits) (I)
  • Perspectives on Gender (3 credits) (W)

Major Department Requirements (34 credits)

Cognate or Additional Requirements (33-34 credits)

Prerequisites (0-6 credits)

Electives (11-18 credits)

Total Credits (120 credits)

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements

Additional Degree Requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of

  1. and describe the structure-function relationships of four general classes of biomolecules: proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids.
  2. kinetics and thermodynamics of life processes.
  3. the chemical basis of and how to use experimental methods to synthesize, purify, and analyze biomolecules.
  4. cellular organization and organelle structure and function.
  5. core signaling pathways and the transport and trafficking of molecules within and between cells.
  6. central metabolic pathways, including how they are interconnected and regulated.

Students will be able to

  1. critically assess primary literature.
  2. contribute positively and effectively as a member of a team while addressing a biochemical issue.
  3. understand and apply the tenets and principles of safe laboratory practice and waste handling.
  4. demonstrate proficiency in carrying out basic and advanced laboratory manipulations and use of common laboratory equipment and instruments.
  5. demonstrate proficiency in managing experimental data including thoroughly recording procedure and observations, tabulating data, and analyzing results.
  6. effectively communicate biochemistry content, both orally and in writing, to audiences with varying levels of scientific understanding.
  7. recognize and analyze ethical implications related to scientific issues in society and within their profession.