Departments & Programs


Major in Biochemistry—B.A.

The B.A. Major in Biochemistry is primarily intended for students planning to enter professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, or law, but it also offers great preparation for careers in business, scientific writing, or teaching. The B.A. program offers flexibility. The B.A. major prepares students for careers outside the laboratory, such as medical school, dental school, or non-traditional careers in chemistry. Biochemistry studies the chemical processes of living organisms, bringing together biology and chemistry to understand and solve biological problems. 

Required Courses

Students must complete the following course work with a grade of C– or higher in each course:

  1. 32–33 credit hours of Chemistry courses to include C117-C127 (or C105-C125), C341, C342, C343 or A316, C484, C485, B486, and C487 or B487; and
  2. a minimum of 8 credit hours selected from the following: A314, A316 or C343, N330, C344, C360, C361, C362, C372, C430, C437, C460, C481.
  3. The following coures may not be used to fulfill the 32-33 credit hour requirement: C103, C107, G201, G203, G207, G209, C240, C243, G307, C371, C372, Y398, C400, C401, G407, C409, and G499.
  4. Biology L112.
  5. Mathematics M119 or M211.
  6. Physics P201 or P221.

Students must also complete General Education requirements and the degree requirements for the B.A. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Mathematics M211 is strongly recommended, and M212 is highly desirable for students planning to work in other fields. Biology L211 is recommended.