The undergraduate program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry connects the ever-growing important interface between biology and chemistry. Training emphasizing advanced experimental and theoretical principles is provided in both the biological and chemical sciences, as a foundation for a variety of career paths, including further training in biology, chemistry or biochemistry; molecular biology; and medical or dental school. Students successfully completing the biochemistry curriculum may have their degrees certified by the American Chemical Society. Biochemistry majors are urged to consult with advisers from both the Biology Department and the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department to formulate appropriate programs of study and to explore the numerous career paths available.
B.S. in Biochemistry
The B.S in Biochemistry is designed to focus on the important interface between biology and chemistry. The degree emphasizes advanced experimental and theoretical education in both the biological and chemical sciences, which serves as a foundation for a variety of career paths, including further training in biology, chemistry or biochemistry; molecular biology; and medical or dental school.
Biochemistry majors are encouraged to develop specific career objectives while pursuing undergraduate studies. Departmental advisers will assist students in exploring career possibilities and in devising a personalized plan of study that will best prepare them for their career goals.
Both high school graduates and college transfer students may apply for admission to the Biochemistry program. The following are required for consideration to become a degree candidate.
High School students must have a GPA of 3.0 (80%) or higher and over 800 combined on the SAT examinations.
Transfer students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and grades of C+ or higher in all math and science courses.
Courses in math and science that were taken more than 5 years prior to admission are not acceptable and must be revisited.
Students must satisfy the Placement, Proficiency, Orientation and Core Curriculum criteria outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin.
Core curriculum requirements for this major are summarized below: