School of Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

The objective of the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biochemistry is to prepare students for health-related professional schools including medical, pharmacy, and dental school, as well as for admission to graduate programs in biochemistry, molecular biology, and biological sciences. Students with a diverse background in chemistry and biochemistry will be well prepared to address challenges in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Degree Requirement
  1. Students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
  2. Entering freshmen must take SSCI-E 105 Science Freshmen Learning Community (1 cr.).
  3. General Education. Students must complete all of the requirements of the Indiana University Kokomo campus-wide general education curriculum. The General Education requirements in quantitative literacy, critical thinking, and physical and life sciences are satisfied by the major.
  4. Mathematics and Informatics. Students must takes MATH-K 310 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.), MATH-M 215 Calculus I (5 cr.) (a grade of C- or higher is required), and INFO-I 101 Introduction to Informatics (4 cr.).
  5. Specific Biochemistry Degree Requirements: Chemistry Courses (28 credits, all with grades of C- or higher) - Students must complete CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I (3 cr.), CHEM-C 106 Principles of Chemistry II (3 cr.), CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I (2 cr.), CHEM-C 126 Experimental Chemistry II (2 cr.), CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry I (3 cr.), CHEM-C 342 Organic Chemistry II (3 cr.), CHEM-C 343 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (2 cr.), CHEM-C 344 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (2 cr.), CHEM-C 361 Physical Chemistry I (3 cr.), CHEM-C 310 Analytical Chemistry (3 cr.), CHEM-C 311 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (2 cr.).
  6. Biochemistry Courses (10 credits; must include CHEM-C 483 and CHEM C-487, all with grades of C- or higher) —Students must complete ten credits from the following courses: CHEM-C 483 Biological Chemistry (3 cr.), CHEM C 324 Proteins and Enzymes (5 cr.), CHEM-C 487 Biochemistry Laboratory (2 cr.), CHEM-C 484 Biomolecules and Catabolism (3 cr.), and CHEM-C 485 Biosynthesis and Physiology (3 cr.).
  7. Biology Courses (16-18 credit hours, all with grades of C- or higher)—Students must complete the following courses: BIOL-L 105 Introduction to Biology, BIOL-L 211 Molecular Biology, BIOL-L 213 Molecular Biology Laboratory, BIOL-L 321 Principles of Immunology, MICR-M 310 Microbiology, and MICR-M 315 Microbiology Laboratory
  8. Physics Courses (10 credit hours)—Students must complete either PHYS-P 201 General Physics I (5 cr.), and PHYS-P 202 General Physics II (5 cr.), or PHYS-P 221 General Physics I (5 cr.) and PHYS-P 222 General Physics II (5 cr.).
  9. Capstone and Research Courses (6-8 credits, all with grades of C- or higher) —Students just complete either BIOL-L 403 Biology Seminar (Capstone) (3 cr.) or CHEM-C 495 Chemistry capstone (3 cr.) and either BIOL-L 490 Individual Study (3 cr.) (Biology Research) or CHEM-C 409 Chemistry research (3 cr.).
  10. Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Other Science Electives (as needed to complete 120 credit hours, all with grades of C- or higher) CHEM-C 324 Proteins and Enzymes (5 cr.), CHEM-C 484 Biomolecules and Catabolism (3 cr.), CHEM-C 485 Biosynthesis and Physiology (3 cr.), CHEM-C 430 Inorganic Chemistry (3 cr.), CHEM-C 300 Energy and Green Chemistry (4 cr.), BIOL-L 364 Principles of Genetics (3 cr.), BIOL-L 473 Ecology (3 cr.), and BIOL-L 474 Ecology Laboratory (2 cr.).
  11. 30 of the last 60 credit hours at Indiana University Kokomo.

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