Academic Bulletin 2020-2021 
    Jun 20, 2024  
Academic Bulletin 2020-2021 [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:

  • Think critically and creatively to develop appropriate biochemical research questions;
  • Use the scientific method to carry out laboratory investigations that address biochemical questions;
  • Clearly and persuasively communicate the results of scientific investigations in written and oral forms;
  • Use an understanding of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics concepts to organize and evaluate the research findings found in the primary Biochemistry literature;
  • Explain how science and technology impact society, both positively and negatively, with attention to the limitations of science;
  • Use and synthesize the fundamental concepts of Chemistry, Biology, and Physics to analyze and solve complex problems involving living systems.

The Biochemistry Major

The Biochemistry major leads to the Bachelor of Science degree and 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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