Degree: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Biochemistry is a central discipline in the biomedical sciences. It provides the molecular approach that is one of the foundations of modern biology. The Biochemistry Department offers majors leading to BA and BS degrees. Both majors permit students to follow many options after graduation. Graduates are well prepared for further studies in the biomedical sciences, for degrees in the health sciences (MD, DO, DDS, PharmD), for employment in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries, or as research assistants in research laboratories.
Both the BA and BS programs require courses in biochemistry, math, chemistry, biology, and physics. The BS in Biochemistry major emphasizes quantitative sciences, with additional courses in math, chemistry, physics.
Research in faculty laboratories is required and is a strength of the major. Students present their research during their last semester (BIOC 393 Senior Capstone Experience) as a written thesis and a presentation at the Biochemistry Undergraduate Retreat. As many as nine hours of Research in Biochemistry (BIOC 391 Research Project) may be credited toward the requirements for graduation. At least six credits are highly recommended.
For undergraduate policies and procedures, please review the Office of Undergraduate Studies section of the General Bulletin.
Accelerated Master's Programs
Undergraduate students may participate in accelerated programs toward graduate or professional degrees. For more information and details of the policies and procedures related to accelerated studies, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Studies section of the General Bulletin.