2016-2017 Academic Bulletin 
    Jan 21, 2021  
2016-2017 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry Major

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Biochemistry Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete a major in Biochemistry are expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the fundamental introductory concepts of Chemistry, Biology and Physics;
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the intersection between the disciplines of Biology and Chemistry;
  • Demonstrate a proficiency in developing relevant biochemical questions, carrying out laboratory investigations to answer those questions, and critically analyzing, interpreting, and presenting in oral and written form the results of their experiments;
  • Locate, critically analyze, interpret, and discuss data, hypotheses, results, theories, and explanations found in the primary literature, applying knowledge from Chemistry and Biology;
  • Appreciate the way in which practitioners in the disciplines of Biology and Chemistry intersect and bring their expertise to bear in solving complex problems involving living systems;
  • Understand the societal impacts, both positive and negative, of science and technology and the limitations of science.

The Biochemistry Major

The Biochemistry major requires a group of introductory and upper level courses from the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics Departments. In addition, majors must take the Junior Seminar offered by one of the participating departments (BIO 580  or CHEM 584 ). Students may choose an area of specialty within the major via additional electives and the selection of an appropriate Senior Project (BCHEM 600  and BCHEM 610 ). No courses required for the major may be taken on a Credit/No Credit basis.


6 Credits of Upper-Level Biology and Chemistry Electives:

One each from Biology and Chemistry*:

Junior Seminar:

Senior Project I and II:


*Please note that many of the upper-level electives have pre-requisites that must be satisfied prior to enrollment.

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