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


CHEM 4336

Biochemistry II

CHEM 4346

Advanced Organic Chemistry

CHEM 4191