ACS Certified Degree with a Concentration in Biochemistry

The ACS Certified Degree with a Concentration in Biochemistry (Major IV) includes additional courses in biochemistry and fulfills the American Chemical Society requirement for a certified degree program in chemistry with a biochemistry option.

Suggested Program of Study

FIRST YEAR

FALL     SPRING
CHEM 1111 4   CHEM 1112 4
PHYS 1021 or BISC 1111 4   PHYS 1022 or BISC 1112 4
MATH 1231 3   MATH 1232 3
UW (Writing) 1020* 4   ELECTIVE 3
      GEC 3
TOTAL 15   TOTAL 17
         

SECOND YEAR

FALL     SPRING
CHEM 2151 3   CHEM 2152 3
CHEM 2153 1   CHEM 2154 1
PHYS 1021 or BISC 1111 4   CHEM 2122 3
GEC 3   PHYS 1022 or BISC 1112 4
ELECTIVE 3   GEC 3
      ELECTIVE 3
TOTAL 14   TOTAL 17
         

THIRD YEAR

FALL     SPRING
CHEM 3171 3   CHEM 3172 3
CHEM 2123W 1   CHEM 3173 2
COMP. PROG. (recommended) 3   GEC 3
GEC 3   GEC 3
ELECTIVE 3   ELECTIVE 3
ELECTIVE 3      
TOTAL 16   TOTAL 14
         

FOURTH YEAR

FALL     SPRING
CHEM 4122 3   CHEM 4195 2
CHEM 4123 2   CHEM 4134 3
CHEM 3165# 3   CHEM 3166 3
CHEM 4195*** 1   CHEM 3262 2
GEC 3   GEC 3
ELECTIVE 3   ELECTIVE 3
TOTAL 16   TOTAL 14
 

Students choosing this Major track are strongly advised to include the following courses in their programs: BISC 2202 Cell Biology BISC 2207 Genetics BISC 2322 Human Physiology

*UW 1020 (University Writing) is taken in the freshman year, followed by two courses (6 credits total) designated as Writing in the Discipline. The latter are departmental, GEC or elective courses with a writing component.

**GEC; General Education Curriculum requirements for Arts and Sciences students. See the Bulletin or academic advisors for acceptable courses. 6 hours Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 hours Creative and Performing Arts 12 hours Humanities 6-8 hours Foreign Languages and Cultures 27-29 hours Total Chemistry majors normally fulfill the requirements of Quantitative Reasoning and Natural Sciences with the prerequisite courses for the major.

# Biochemistry courses may be taken in the Junior or Senior year.

*** Chemistry 4195, Undergraduate Research, may be started in the Junior or Senior year.

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