BS in Biochemistry

Laboratory research is at the heart of a career in the biochemistry field. Biochemists investigate the links between DNA and diseases, perform forensic work for government agencies and public companies and troubleshoot sensitive equipment in a laboratory.

Program Overview

A BS in biochemistry gives you the skills to become a research associate studying the way molecules react to one another, or a laboratory technician analyzing cancer cells in the pursuit of a cure. You may become a chemist in a food development laboratory, write for a scientific journal or work for a consumer products company developing a more effective sunscreen.

We teach you to evaluate and interpret data, hone your analytical thinking skills and present the results of your scientific research to large audiences. An independent research project strengthens the skills you develop in the classroom. Companies such as Alexion, CT Agricultural Station and LabSynergy offer real-life work experience in the form of internships.

Your degree in biochemistry qualifies you to work as a research assistant in a chemical, pharmaceutical or academic research laboratory upon graduation, but you’ll also have the foundation to pursue an advanced degree in several fields including medicine, veterinary medicine or law.

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Biochemistry Curriculum

Initial placement in English and mathematics courses is determined by placement examinations and an evaluation of high school units presented. Students who do not place directly into MA 141 should take MA 140. MA 142 is strongly recommended.

Biochemistry majors must maintain a minimum grade of C in all required chemistry, physics and mathematics courses. Any required course not listed in the course descriptions may be considered for scheduling when the need arises. All 4-credit science courses have a laboratory component. Chemistry electives must be selected with the advice and approval of the department adviser. Open electives should be selected based upon student interests and career goals from offerings in all schools.

In addition to the University Curriculum, students majoring in Biochemistry must complete the following requirements:

University Curriculum 1
Biochemistry Core Requirements
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab 3
4
CHE 111
& 111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab 3
4
CHE 210
& 210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
CHE 211
& 211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
CHE 215
& 215L
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Lab
4
CHE 301
& 301L
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry I Lab
4
CHE 302
& 302L
Physical Chemistry II
and Physical Chemistry II Lab
4
CHE 305
& 305L
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Lab
4
CHE 315
& 315L
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab I
4
CHE 316Biochemistry II3
CHE 475Chemistry Seminar I1
CHE 476Chemistry Seminar II1
CHE 490Chemistry Research I3
CHE 491Chemistry Research II3
Two upper-level CHE elective courses6
Two upper-level BIO or BMS electives 26
Cognate Courses 3
MA 141Calculus of a Single Variable I 3,43
PHY 110
& 110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab 3,5
4
PHY 111
& 111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab 3,5
4
BIO 150
& 150L
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
4
BIO 151
& 151L
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
4
Total Credits78
1

All students must complete the University Curriculum requirements.

2

Advanced biology electives for the biochemistry major are chosen in consultation with the departmental adviser.

3

Required courses, which support the biochemistry major and may be used to satisfy requirements outside the major.

4

MA 142 is also highly recommended but is not required.

5

PHY 121 and PHY 122 may be substituted.

Minimum number of credits required for graduation is 120.

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