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Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry-Biochemistry Emphasis (ACS-Certified)

The BS in chemistry with biochemistry emphasis is certified by the American Chemical Society. Any student completing this degree is recognized as a certified chemist by the ACS. 

The program is recommended for students who plan to enter imedical, pharmacy, dental or other health-related professional programs. It is also the ideal program for students pursuing professional careers in biochemistry or biotechnology, or graduate school in biochemistry or related field.

Our understanding of life is increasingly at the molecular level.  Biochemistry is the study of the chemicals and processes of living things. It is essential to medicine (it is the only branch of chemistry taught in medical schools), drug discovery, and discovery of how life processes are altered by the environment and pathology.

Biochemists are active in careers involving pharmaceutical design and development, the study and treatment of disease, medicinal research, biotechnology, agriculture, biofuels and many other areas that are vital to our modern society.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Hours=120

  1. University Core Curriculum — 42 hrs.
  2. A minimum grade of "C" in all chemistry courses.
  3. Completion of BIOL 1306/BIOL 1106, BIOL 1307/BIOL 1107, MATH 2413, MATH 2414, MATH 3404, PHYS 2325/PHYS 2125, and PHYS 2326/PHYS 2126.
  4. Completion of 52 semester hours of chemistry. Twelve semester hours of upper-division chemistry must be completed at this university. Chemistry courses required listed below.
  5. Four (4) hours of biology (lab/lecture) chosen from BIOL 3334/BIOL 3134, BIOL 3332/BIOL 3133, or BIOL 4300/BIOL 4101. A minor in biology, completed by taking all three of these courses, is strongly recommended.
  6. Approved lower and upper-division electives selected with the student’s career goals in mind. Suggested electives include courses in chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, statistics, education, speech, technical writing, technology, economics, psychology, sociology, and business administration.

Preparation for careers in specialized areas of chemistry and biochemistry is possible by careful selection of supporting areas of concentration. A partial list of specialized chemistry and biochemistry careers includes chemical marketing, chemical business, environmental chemistry, forensic science, pre-law (chemical patents), health professions (pre-medical and pre-dental), technical writing, biotechnology, and chemical technology. Students should confer with the academic advisor of the department in regard to such options and their career goals.

Chemistry Courses Required (52 hrs.)

Twelve semester hours of upper-division chemistry must be completed at this university.

CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I [TCCN: CHEM 1311]  
CHEM 1111 General Chemistry I Laboratory [TCCN: CHEM 1111]  
CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II [TCCN: CHEM 1312]  
CHEM 1112 General Chemistry II Laboratory [TCCN: CHEM 1112]  
CHEM 3310 Analytical Chemistry  
CHEM 3111 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory  
CHEM 3320 Inorganic Chemistry  
CHEM 3121 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory  
CHEM 3342 Organic Chemistry I  
CHEM 3143 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory  
CHEM 3344 Organic Chemistry II  
CHEM 3145 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory  
CHEM 3352 Physical Chemistry I  
CHEM 3153 Physical Chemistry I Laboratory  
CHEM 3354 Physical Chemistry II  
CHEM 3155 Physical Chemistry II Laboratory  
CHEM 4312 Instrumental Analysis  
CHEM 4113 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory  
CHEM 4330 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry  
CHEM 4334 Biochemistry I  
CHEM 4135 Biochemistry I Laboratory  
CHEM 4240 Spectroscopy  
CHEM 4336 Biochemistry II  
CHEM 4346 Advanced Organic Chemistry  
CHEM 4191 Seminar