Biochemistry Major Curriculum

Updated: October 25, 2012

The Biochemistry Major requires courses from both the Biology and Chemistry Departments, along with supporting courses from Mathematics and Physics.   The Chemistry Department has created an entirely new curriculum that brings more biochemistry into the first two years of chemistry course.  Students enrolling in Fall 2011 and later will take all their chemistry courses from the new chemistry curriculum.  Because of these changes a new set of required courses have been established for the Biochemistry Major.  Students enrolled before Fall 2011 must satisfy the old requirements. 

Students may have received credit for AP courses or passed out of requirements by examination (ex. language courses), making this major easier to manage and increasing their flexibility to select courses in the major. Students who start with the major would also have the opportunity to change majors to either Biology, Chemistry, or Natural Science, since many of the course requirements overlap.

 

Summary of Required Courses - For students enrolled before Fall 2011:

4 Credit Courses offered by the Chemistry Department

CHEM 125, 234 Introduction to Chemical Structure and Properties (125);  General Chemistry II (234)
CHEM 235, 236 Organic Chem. I and II
BCHM 322 Biochemistry II (Chem. Dept)
CHEM 333 or 334 Thermo. or Quantum Chem.
CHEM 335 Analytical Chem.

  

4 Credit Courses Offered by the Biology Department

BIOL 121, 221 Cellular Life, Organismal Bio.
BIOL 311 Cell. Biol.
BIOL 318 Mol. Biol.
BIOL 317 (changed to BCHM 317 by registrar after class starts) Biochemistry I (Biol. Dept)
Elective Any additional 300 level course

  

Supporting 4 Credit Courses:

  • Physics: 191 and 200 (preferred) OR 105 and 106
  • Math: 119 and 120

1-2 Credit Course

  • BCHM 375:  Biochemistry Capstone

0 Credit Courses

  • BCHM XXX:   Comprehensive Exam.  Students may take either the Biology (BIOL XXX) OR Chemistry (CHEM XXX) Comprehensive Exam. 

Possible Course Schedule for Biochemistry Major for students enrolled before Fall 2011

 FIRST YEAR

Fall Spring
BIOL 121 - Cellular Life BIOL 221 - Organismal Biology
CHEM 125 - Introduction to Chem Struct/Prop CHEM 234 - Gen Chem. II
Symposium Symposium
Language 1 Language 2

 

SECOND YEAR

Fall Spring
Core Elective: Humanities Bio 318 - Mol. Bio
CHEM 235 - Organic Chem I CHEM 236 - Organic Chem II
Language 3 Core Elective: Soc Sci LD
MATH 119 - Calculus I MATH 120 - Calculus II
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THIRD YEAR

Fall Spring
BIOL 317 BCHM  - Biochemistry II (Chem. Dept)
BIOL 311 - Cell Bio Core Elective: Humanities
CHEM 335 - Analytical Chemistry Core Elective: Jud-Chris.
PHYS 191 (1) PHYS 200

 

FOURTH YEAR

Fall Spring
CHEM 333 - Thermo
(or Chem 334 - Quantum Chem in SPRING)
Core Elective: Theology
Core Elective: Human. UD Core Elective: Fine Arts
Biology ELECTIVE (2) Core Elective: Soc. Sci UD
Senior Seminar Student Choice
Library Research (1-2 credits) - optional Library Research (optional)
. BCHM 375 - Biochemistry Capstone
. BCHM XXX - MFAT Exam

(1) Both the American Chemistry Society and the American Society of Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (ASBMB) recommend physics-based calculus. We recommend that students interested in industry or graduate school should take Phys 191 and 200 (calculus-based). Students interested in Medical School might opt for Phys 105 and 106.

(2) For this elective, students could take any upper level biology course, including BIOL (MATH 373) - Introduction to Bioinformatics), except for BCHM 398 (HONORS) which can substitute only for BCHM 351.

BCHM 351 - Lab Research (highly encouraged but not required)

 Junior and senior students may register for up to 4 credits of BCHM 351. Lab projects are available at the discretion of the faulty and must be started at the latest by the beginning of the senior year. There are several options for receiving credit for BCHM 351:

  • Research during the academic year: Students may choose to do research during the academic year. Typically, one credit of BCHM 351 involves lab work equivalent to one lab period per cycle.
  • Research during the summer: Students may choose to participate in a summer research program at CSB/SJU or in other summer research program. Typically, participation in a 10-week summer program would count as two credits of BCHM 351. Students conducting research in programs conducted in different summers could receive up to 4 credits towards BCHM 351. Students may register for these credits, as their schedules permit, in any semester after the summer research experience.

HONR 398 (Honors Thesis):

Students doing honors theses typically register for 5 credits: 1 credit of HONR 396 (the proposal) taken during the junior year and 4 credits of HONR 398, taken during the senior year. The four credits of HONR 398 are usually taken during the fall semester of the student's senior year. The workload for this 4 credit class usually involves:

  • a 10-week summer research program,
  • continuation of the research into the fall and possibly the spring semester of the senior year (this includes continuing lab work as well as working with the advisor and committee on the writing of the thesis),
  • writing and defending thesis during the fall semester of the senior year,
  • an outside presentation (such as at NCUR, the Winchell Symposium or Student Research Colloquium at SCSU) or submission of a publication to a journalSummary of Required Courses - For students enrolled before Fall 2011:

 

Summary of Required Courses - For students enrolled Fall 2011 and later

(who are taking the new chemistry curriculum) - PDF version

Major Requirements (credits) F (Fall) Sp (Spring).   Bio/Chem Credit  46-50; Total Credits 62-66 (present 70)

COURSES: INTRO/FDN

LABS: FDN/IN-DEPTH

INDEPTH

ADDITIONAL

CHEM 125 (4) F

Intro Chem Struct/Prop

CHEM 201 (0,1)  F

Purif/Struct L1

CHEM 3RQ(2)

 

BCHM 375 (2

Capst. Sp Sr

CHEM XXX

(0) Sp Sr Yr

CHEM 250 (4) Sp

Rx Nucleo/Electro I (R1)

CHEM 202 (0,1) Sp

Purif/Chroma L2

CHEM 3RQ (2)

 

SUPPORTING COURSES

CHEM 251 (4) F

Rx Nucleo/Electro 2 (R2)

CHEM 203 (0,1) F

Synthesis

BIOL 318 (4)

Molecular Genetics w/ lab

MATH 119 (4) F

Calculus 1

CHEM 255 (4) Sp

Macro Chem Analy

CHEM 205 (0,1) Sp

Measurement

BIOL 311 (4)

Cell Biology w/ lab

MATH 120 (4) Sp

Calculus 2

CHEM 315 (4) Sp

Advanced Rx (R3)

 

BIOL 317/BCHM 317 (4)

Biochemistry w/ lab

PHYS 105 (4) or 191 (4) F

BIOL 121 (4) F

Intro Cell/Mol Bio

 

 

PHYS 106 (4) or 200 (4) Sp

BIOL 221 (4) Sp

Intro Organismal Bio

 

 

 

Possible choices for CHEM 3RQ: Chemical Biology, Bioanalytical Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry OR equivalent courses approved by the Chemistry department.

SUGGESTED SCHEDULE FOR BIOCHEMISTRY MAJOR for students enrolled in Fall 2011 and later

Fall, ___YR 1____________                                                             Spring, __YR 1____________

4 CREDIT COURSES

0,1 CREDIT CHEM LABS

4 CREDIT COURSES

0,1 CREDIT CHEM LABS

CHEM 125 (4)

CHEM 201 (0,1) 

CHEM 250 (4)

CHEM 202 (0,1)

MATH 119 (4)

 

MATH 120 (4)

 

BIOL 121 (4)

 

BIOL 221 (4)

 

FYS (4)

 

FYS (4)

 

 

Fall, __ YR 2_____________                                                            Spring, _YR 2_____________

4 CREDIT COURSES

0,1 CREDIT LABS

4 CREDIT COURSES

0,1 CREDIT LABS

CHEM 251 (4)

CHEM 203 (0,1)

CHEM 255 (4)

CHEM 205 (0,1)

SS (4)

 

CHEM 315 (4)

 

PHYS 105 or 191 (4)

 

PHYS 106 or 200 (4)

 

LANG (4)

 

LANG (4)

 

 

Fall, ___YR 3____________                                                             Spring, ___YR 3___________

4 CREDIT COURSES

0-2 CREDIT COURSES

4 CREDIT COURSES

2 CREDIT COURSES

BIOL 317 (4)

 

HUM (4)

 

BIOL 311 (4)

 

THEO-L

 

HUM (4)

 

BIOL 318 (4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall, ___YR 4____________                                                             Spring, ____YR 4__________

4 CREDIT COURSES

0-2 CREDIT COURSES

4 CREDIT COURSES

0-2 CREDIT COURSES

THEO-U (4)

CHEM 3CB OR 3XX

 

BCHM 375 (2)

ETHICS (4)

CHEM 3CB OR 3XX

FA

CHEM XXX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Curriculum Requirements

FA

SS

FYS

Ethics

HUM

THEO-L

Language

HUM

THEO-U

Gender

Experiential

Intercultural