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College of Agriculture

Biochemistry

Biochemistry, the chemistry of living things, is concerned with the basic materials and processes of life itself. Biochemists seek to determine the chemical nature of such fundamental processes as photosynthesis, the hormonal control of metabolism and selective gene expression. Knowledge of the chemical structures and interactions of biological materials will help us understand life processes and solve basic biological problems. Trained biochemical scientists are much in demand for research and teaching in universities and for research and development work in chemical and pharmaceutical industries, medical laboratories, and state and federal governments. Students who complete the Department of Biochemistry curriculum satisfactorily will be prepared to assume responsible professional positions, undertake advanced work at the graduate level or attend medical school.

Credit Hours Required: 130 (See Core Graduation Requirements for Additional Information.)

Freshman Year

First Semester
Second Semester
(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University) (3) BIOL 13100 (Biology II: Development, Structure, and Function of Organisms) or (4) BIOL 11100 (Fundamentals of Biology II)†
(0.5) AGR 11500 (Introduction to Biochemistry Academic Programs) (4) CHM 11600 (General Chemistry)
(2) BCHM 10000 (Introduction to Biochemistry) (4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)
(2) BIOL 12100 (Biology I: Diversity, Ecology and Behavior) or (4) BIOL 11000 (Fundamentals of Biology I)* (3) MA 22400 (Introductory Analysis II) or MA 23200 (Calculus for Life Sciences II)
(4) CHM 11500 (General Chemistry) (3) Social science selective
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
(3) MA 22300 (Introductory Analysis I) or
MA 23100
(Calculus for the Life Sciences I)
(15) (17)


Sophomore Year

Third Semester
Fourth Semester
(3) BCHM 22100 (Analytical Biochemistry) (3) AGRY 32000 (Genetics) or BIOL 24100 (Biology IV: Genetics and Molecular Biology)
(3) BIOL 23100 (Biology III: Cell Structure and Function) (1) AGRY 32100 (Genetics Laboratory) or (2) BIOL 24200 (Laboratory in Biology IV: Genetics and Molecular Biology)‡
(2) BIOL 23200 (Laboratory in Biology III: Cell Structure and Function) (1) BCHM 29000 (Experimental Design Seminar)
(3) CHM 25500 (Organic Chemistry) (2) BCHM 32200 (Analytical Biochemistry)
(1) CHM 25501 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory) (3) BCHM 36100 (Molecules)
(3) Humanities selective (3) CHM 25600 (Organic Chemistry)
(3) Elective (1) CHM 25601 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory)
(3) Social science or humanities selective
(18) (17)


Junior Year

Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester
(1) BCHM 39000 (Professional Development Seminar) (3) AGEC 21700 (Economics)
(3) BCHM 46200 (Metabolism) (4) PHYS 22100 (General Physics)
(4) PHYS 22000 (General Physics) (3) Science elective
(3) Science selective (3) Social science, humanities or international understanding selective
(3) Written or oral communication selective (4) Electives
(3) Elective
(17) (17)


Senior Year

Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(3) BCHM 46300 (Macromolecular Machines) (2) BCHM 46500 (Biochemistry of Life Processes)
(1) BCHM 49800 (Research in Biochemistry) (1) BCHM 49000 (Undergraduate Seminar)
(3) STAT 50300 (Statistical Methods for Biology) (2) BCHM 49800 (Research in Biochemistry)
(3) Humanities selective (4) CHM 37200 (Physical Chemistry)
(3) Social science or humanities selective (30000+ level) (3) Science selective
(3) Elective (3) Social science, humanities or international understanding selective
(16) (15)

* Decrease elective credits by two if BIOL 11000 is selected.

† Decrease elective credits by one if BIOL 11100 is selected.

‡ Decrease elective credits by one if BIOL 24200 is selected.