Chemistry and Biochemistry


Hours77 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

requirement 2 Complete 1 hour from the following course(s)
requirement 4 Complete 1 option
requirement 6 Complete 7.0 hours from the following course(s)
After consulting with an advisor, complete 7 hours from the following. NOTE: Only one of Bio 130 or CELL 120 can be applied to this requirement. NOTE: Chem 355 cannot be taken if Chem 354 was taken for 2 credit hours. NOTE: With prior approval, many 300-level and above courses in biology, integrative biology, microbiology and molecular biology, and physiology and developmental biology will fill this requirement.
Recommended Courses: Chem 460.
Note: Supporting courses suggested by most medical and dental schools are found by visiting the Preprofessional Advisement Office. The more rigorous chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses required for the chemistry majors will satisfy the minimum requirements listed there. Elective courses in biochemistry and in biological science are especially pertinent to these preprofessional programs.
Program Outcomes: 

Chemistry and Biochemistry Fundamentals

Program graduates will have demonstrated a mastery of core concepts and principles in the five chemistry sub-disciplines: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. They will demonstrate an indepth mastery of biochemistry.

Laboratory Procedures and Practice

Program graduates will be able to perform basic laboratory procedures used in inorganic and small molecule analysis, organic synthesis, and the protein and nucleic acids biochemistry laboratory classes, including good standard lab practices and accurate record keeping. They will also be able to design effective experiments and critically analyze data.


Program graduates will be able to draw on classroom knowledge and laboratory classes to make an individual contribution in a research laboratory.

Effective Communication

Program graduates will be able to effectively communicate ideas and experimental results in a variety of formats including written and oral reports and technical graphics. They will also be able to search, read, and understand technical literature in the chemical sciences related to their area of interest.

Career Research and Preparation

Students approaching the end of their course of study will be able to make informed choices among post-graduate opportunities for work or further education.