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Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

 Sandra MaingiPictured | Sandra Maingi | Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry / Bachelor of Arts in Psychology | Nairobi, Kenya (hometown)
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Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

The breadth and multidisciplinary nature of the curriculum allows students to pursue their scientific interests while offering the flexibility to tailor their program to their career aspirations. Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry are prepared for graduate studies in biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, biotechnology, environmental chemistry, polymer chemistry, drug design and delivery, genetic engineering, and a variety of other fields. Many graduates pursue additional studies in medical fields including medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, physician assistant, etc. Other graduates obtain rewarding jobs in industry, including biotechnology, toxicology, environmental testing, food science and nutrition, essential oils, drug and diagnostic test production, etc. 

Students earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biochemistry can choose a Pre-Medical Science Track as part of their degree.

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Degree Requirements (120 cr.)
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Students receiving the Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry must complete 120 total credit hours including:

  • Math courses required for the BS in Biochemistry fulfill the Fundamental Literacies, Quantitative Reasoning Requirement and three of the required 33 credit hours of the general education curriculum.
  • World Language | At least one course at the 200–level or higher, or formal training, as evidenced by secondary or university diplomas, in a language other than English. The Department of World Language Studies (W.L.S.) offers a placement examination to determine into which semester a student should enroll and/or to qualify students for credit by examination. (3-9 cr.)
  • Major Requirements (61 cr.)
  • Elective Requirements (12 cr.)
  • Free Electives (balance of credits needed to equal 120 credit requirement)

  • Minimum of 30 credit hours at the 300– or 400–level.
  • Courses required for the major must be completed with a grade of C– or higher.
  • Chemistry, Biology, and Microbiology courses must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.
  • At least 30 credit hours must be taken in residence at IU South Bend, of which at least 12 credits must be in the major at the 300– or 400–level.
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.0 is required.
  • All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

Major Requirements (61 cr.)

Biology (8 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 102 Introduction to Biological Sciences 2 (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 211 Molecular Biology

Chemistry (33 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM-C 106 Principles of Chemistry II
  • CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 126 Experimental Chemistry II (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 301 Chemistry Seminar 1 (1 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry Lectures 1
  • CHEM-C 342 Organic Chemistry Lectures 2
  • CHEM-C 343 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1 (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 344 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2 (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 361 Physical Chemistry of Bulk Matter (4 cr.); OR
    CHEM-C 362 Physical Chemistry of Molecules (4 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 484 Biomolecules and Catabolism
  • CHEM-C 485 Biosynthetic Pathways and Control of Metabolism
  • CHEM-C 486 Biological Chemistry Laboratory (2 cr.)

Mathematics (10 cr.)
  • MATH-M 215 Calculus (5 cr.)
  • MATH-M 216 Calculus II (5 cr.)

Physics (10 cr.)
  • PHYS-P 221 Physics 1 (5 cr.)
  • PHYS-P 222 Physics 2 (5 cr.)

Electives (12 cr.)


Select (at least) 6 credits from the following:

  • BIOL-L 280 Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • BIOL-L 311 Genetics
  • BIOL-L 312 Cell Biology
  • BIOL-L 313 Cell Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL-L 317 Developmental Biology
  • BIOL-L 321 Principles of Immunology
  • BIOL-L 323 Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL-L 335 Introduction to Nanomedicine
  • BIOL-L 338 Introduction to Genomics
  • BIOL-L 391 Special Topic in Biology
    VT: The Biology of Cancer
    VT: Genomics
  • BIOL-M 430 Virology Lecture
  • MICR-M 310 Microbiology
  • MICR-M 315 Microbiology Laboratory (2 cr.)


Select (at least) 4 credits from the following:

  • CHEM-C 310 Analytical Chemistry (4 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 361 Physical Chemistry of Bulk Matter (4 cr.); OR
    CHEM-C 362 Physical Chemistry of Molecules (4 cr.) (whichever not taken to meet Chemistry requirement above)
  • CHEM-C 410 Principles of Chemical Instrumentation (4 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 430 Inorganic Chemistry

Research (Permission required from program director)
  • CHEM-C 409 Chemical Research (1-3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 490 Individual Study (1-3 cr.)

Optional Track
Pre-Medical Sciences Track
  • BIOL-L 311 Genetics

Select a minimum of six additional credits from the following:

  • BIOL-L 312 Cell Biology
  • BIOL-L 313 Cell Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL-L 317 Developmental Biology
  • BIOL-L 335 Introduction to Nanomedicine
  • BIOL-L 391 Special Topics in Biology
  • BIOL-M 310 Microbiology
  • BIOL-M 315 Microbiology Laboratory (2 cr.)
  • BIOL-M 430 Virology Lecture

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