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Biological Sciences


Biochemistry investigates the chemical and molecular foundations of life processes. A student may study the transfer of genetic information into biological structures, the conversion of nutrients into cell constituents and their utilization as sources of energy, the storage of memory and the chemical nature of neural processes. Relevant laboratory techniques include electrophoresis, chromatography, Western blotting, protein sequence analysis and peptide mapping. Understanding the development and application of enzymatic assays is fundamental to the field of study. Students can also study biochemistry through majors in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Science and theDepartment of Biochemistry in the College of Agriculture.

To complete the biochemistry major, the following courses must be selected when fulfilling the General Degree Requirements:

a. MA 16100 (Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) (5 cr.) and MA 16200 (Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus II) (5 cr.); or MA 16500 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) (4 cr.) and MA 16600 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus II) (4 cr.); or MA 17300 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry II) (5 cr.) 5-10 cr.
b. CHM 26505 (Organic Chemistry) (3 cr.) and CHM 26605 (Organic Chemistry) (3 cr.); and CHM 26300 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory) (1 cr.) and CHM 26400 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory) (1 cr.) 8 cr.

Biochemistry Major Requirements — 28-33 credits

Biochemistry majors must choose BIOL 39500 (Macromolecules) (3 cr.) to satisfy the intermediate-level requirement.

BCHM 22100 (Analytical Biochemistry) (3 cr.); or CHM 22400 (Introductory Quantitative Analysis) (4 cr.); or CHM 32100 (Analytical Chemistry I) (4 cr.) 3-4 cr.
One of the following:
a. CHM 37200 (Physical Chemistry) (4 cr.) 
b. CHM 37300 (Physical Chemistry) (3 cr.) and CHM 37400 (Physical Chemistry) (3 cr.)
4-6 cr.
BCHM 56100 (General Biochemistry I) (3 cr.) and BCHM 56200 (General Biochemistry II) (3 cr.); BIOL 41500 (Introduction to Molecular Biology) (3 cr.); BIOL 42000 (Eukaryotic Cell Biology) (3 cr.); BIOL 44201 (Introduction to Protein Expression) (2 cr.) and BIOL 59500 (Methods and Measurements in Physical Biochemistry) (3 cr.) 21 cr.
Two of the following:
BIOL 41600 (Molecular Virology) (3 cr.); BIOL 43800 (General Microbiology) (3 cr.); BIOL 47800 (Introduction to Bioinformatics) (3 cr.); BIOL 48100 (Eukaryotic Genetics) (3 cr.); BIOL 51100 (Introduction to X-Ray Crystallography) (3 cr.); BIOL 51700 (Molecular Biology of Proteins) 
(2 cr.); BIOL 52900 (Bacterial Physiology) (3 cr.); BIOL 53700 (Immunology) (3 cr.); BIOL 53800 (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology) (3 cr.); BIOL 54100 (Molecular Genetics of Bacteria) (3 cr.)
5-6 cr.
One of the following:
a. Two additional 442XX or 54200 laboratory modules (various course titles) (2-3 cr.). See list of BIOL 442XX and 54200 modules.
b. BIOL 43900 (Microbiology Laboratory) (2 cr.) 
c. Four credits of undergraduate research — BIOL 49400 (Biology Research) or BIOL 49900 (Biology Honors Thesis Research). Must be approved in advance by the Undergraduate Studies Committee (4 cr.).
2-4 cr.
Biochemistry Honors Curriculum

Additionally, students in the biochemistry honors curriculum must complete, as part of the General Degree Requirements, PHYS 17200 (Modern Mechanics) and PHYS 27200 (Electric and Magnetic Interaction) (4 cr.); or PHYS 24100 (Electricity and Optics) and PHYS 25200 (Electricity and Optics Laboratory).

Students must also complete one of the following:
a. CHM 32100 (Analytical Chemistry I) (4 cr.) (from "General Degree Requirements") 
b. CHM 37300-37400 (Physical Chemistry) (6 cr.) (from "Biochemistry Major Requirements" above) Additionally, a 3.0 graduation index is required at the time of graduation.