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2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry Major

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Gretchen M. Adams Assistant Professor
Christopher Kadrich Chemistry Lab Coordinator/Chemical Safety Officer
Tanya Katzman Assistant Professor
Kevin McMahon Chair of Department of Computational & Physical Sciences
Associate Professor
Joseph J. Piatt Chair of Department of Life Sciences
Michael D. Schuder Professor
Erin L. Taylor Assistant Professor
Gail M. Vojta Assistant Professor

The Biochemistry Program is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. This approval means that the program has the faculty, curriculum and instrumentation necessary to provide a quality education for undergraduate students.

Learning Outcomes for Biochemistry

Upon successful completion of the biochemistry major, students will:

  1. Understand the basic definitions, concepts and relationships of chemistry.
  2. Develop advanced skills in evaluating library searches for primary literature.
  3. Understand fundamental laboratory analyses and safety protocols.
  4. Perform quantitative and qualitative scientific analyses.
  5. Understand the basic theory and use of modern instrumentation.
  6. Use computers for chemical applications including technical writing, modeling, data collecting and processing, and database searching.
  7. Prepare effective written scientific reports and oral presentations for professional audiences.
  8. Work cooperatively in problem solving situations.
  9. Understand the benefits and problems of modern chemistry for our society.

Recognizing the individuality of students and that chemistry can be a strong preparation for a variety of careers, the program offers two majors, chemistry and biochemistry, each with multiple emphases. Each of these majors offers courses in the basic areas of inorganic, organic, analytical, physical, and biochemistry, and can be supplemented by special opportunities such as industrial internships and independent research. Modern scientific instrumentation is available and incorporated into all courses of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to consult with chemistry and biochemistry faculty about the various emphases and opportunities associated with each. Students must complete core courses, required support courses and the requirements for the emphasis.

Choose one of the two emphases below:

Students must complete all core requirements and one of the emphases below.

Bachelor of Science Requirements


Each major may have specific course sequencing requirements. For specific requirements, see “Required Support Courses” within each major

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