This concentration is designed to provide a broad education in biochemistry and can be tailored to meet the individual needs of specific students. The general degree is recommended for students considering research and/or teaching as a career.

Effective Fall 2017

A minimum grade of C (2.000) must be earned for BC 493 and all biochemistry (BC) and LIFE subject code lecture and laboratory courses at or above the 200-level required in the biochemistry major.

Freshman
AUCCCredits
BC 192Biochemistry Freshman Seminar 2
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
CHEM 113General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II 1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A4
LIFE 201BIntroductory Genetics: Molecular/Immunological/Developmental (GT-SC2)3A3
LIFE 203Introductory Genetics Laboratory 2
Select one group from the following: 8
Group A:
  
Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B 
Calculus for Biological Scientists II (GT-MA1)1B 
Group B:
  
Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B 
Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)1B 
 Total Credits 31
Sophomore
 
CHEM 341Modern Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 343Modern Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 344Modern Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
LIFE 210Introductory Eukaryotic Cell Biology 3
LIFE 212Introductory Cell Biology Laboratory 2
Select one from the following: 5
General Physics I (GT-SC1)3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A 
Advanced Writing23
AUCC Category 3 courses13B-3E6
Bioscience Elective (see Biosciences Electives List below)2 3-4
 Total Credits 30-31
Junior
 
BC 401Comprehensive Biochemistry I4A3
BC 403Comprehensive Biochemistry II4B3
BC 404Comprehensive Biochemistry Laboratory4B2
Select one from the following: 5
General Physics II (GT-SC1)3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A 
STAT 301 or 307Introduction to Statistical Methods
Introduction to Biostatistics
 3
AUCC Category 3 courses13B-3E3
Bioscience Elective (see Biosciences Electives List below)2 3-4
Electives 6
 Total Credits 28-29
Senior
 
BC 411Physical Biochemistry 4
BC 463Molecular Genetics 3
BC 465Molecular Regulation of Cell Function 3
BC 493Senior Seminar4A,4C1
BC 499A or 499BThesis: Laboratory Research-Based
Thesis: Literature Based
4C3
AUCC Category 3 course13B-3E6
Bioscience Elective (see Biosciences Electives List below)2 3-4
Electives3 6-7
 Total Credits 29-31
 Program Total Credits: 120

Biosciences Electives List 

Select courses in consultation with advisor.

BC 467Biochemistry of Disease3
BIOM 306/BTEC 306Bioprocess Engineering4
BIOM 470/MECH 470Biomedical Engineering3
BMS 300Principles of Human Physiology4
BMS 301Human Gross Anatomy5
BMS 305Domestic Animal Gross Anatomy4
BMS 325Cellular Neurobiology3
BMS 330Microscopic Anatomy4
BMS 345Functional Neuroanatomy4
BMS 360Fundamentals of Physiology4
BMS 405Nerve and Muscle-Toxins, Trauma and Disease3
BMS 420Cardiopulmonary Physiology3
BMS 430Endocrinology3
BMS 450Pharmacology3
BMS 500Mammalian Physiology I4
BSPM 462/BZ 462/MIP 462Parasitology and Vector Biology5
BZ 220Introduction to Evolution3
BZ 311Developmental Biology4
BZ 346Population and Evolutionary Genetics3
BZ 401Comparative Animal Physiology3
BZ 402Molecular Cytogenics4
BZ 403Comparative Endocrinology3
BZ 440Plant Physiology3
BZ 455Human Heredity and Birth Defects3
BZ 476/BZ 576Genetics of Model Organisms3
CBE 504Fundamentals of Biochemical Engineering3
CHEM 334Quantitative Analysis Laboratory1
CHEM 335Introduction to Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 433Clinical Chemistry3
ERHS 332Principles of Epidemiology3
ERHS 450Introduction to Radiation Biology3
FSHN 350Human Nutrition3
FSHN 470Integrative Nutrition and Metabolism3
FTEC 350Fermentation Microbiology2
FTEC 460Brewing Science and Technology3
HES 319Neuromuscular Aspects of Human Movement4
HES 403Physiology of Exercise4
MIP 300General Microbiology3
MIP 302General Microbiology Laboratory2
MIP 342Immunology4
MIP 343Immunology Laboratory2
MIP 351Medical Bacteriology3
MIP 352Medical Bacteriology Laboratory3
MIP 420Medical and Molecular Virology4
MIP 425Virology and Cell Culture Laboratory2
MIP 443Microbial Physiology4
MIP 450Microbial Genetics3
NB 501Cellular and Molecular Neurophysiology2
VS 331Histology4
1

Select from the list of courses in categories 3B-3E (six credits [two courses] must come from 3B; one course each from categories 3C, 3D, and 3E) in the AUCC. Only 3 of the 6 credits required for Arts and Humanities may come from intermediate (L*** 200 and L*** 201) foreign language courses.

2

Select in consultation with advisor using list approved by the department.

3

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
TO PREPARE FOR FIRST SEMESTER:   The curriculum for the Biochemistry major ‐ General Biochemistry concentration assumes students enter college prepared to begin a year‐long calculus sequence (either MATH 155/MATH 255 or MATH 160/MATH 161) in the first semester of their first year.  LIFE 102 requires high school chemistry as a prerequisite; CHEM 111 requires Algebra II as a prerequisite (this prerequisite is met by having Algebra II by test credit, transfer credit, or placement out of MATH 117 and MATH 118 on Math Placement Exam). 
 

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 192Biochemistry Freshman Seminar   2
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)X 3A1
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)X 3A4
Select one course from the following:   4
Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)X 1B 
Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)X 1B 
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 113General Chemistry IIX  3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab IIX  1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
LIFE 201BIntroductory Genetics: Molecular/Immunological/Developmental (GT-SC2)X 3A3
LIFE 203Introductory Genetics LaboratoryX  2
Select one course from the following:   4
Calculus for Biological Scientists II (GT-MA1)X 1B 
Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)X 1B 
 Total Credits   16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 341Modern Organic Chemistry IX  3
LIFE 210Introductory Eukaryotic Cell BiologyX  3
LIFE 212Introductory Cell Biology LaboratoryX  2
AUCC Category 3 courses  3B, 3C, 3D, 3E6
 Total Credits   14
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 343Modern Organic Chemistry IIX  3
CHEM 344Modern Organic Chemistry LaboratoryX  2
Select one course from the following:   5
General Physics I (GT-SC1)X 3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)X 3A 
Advanced Writing  23
Bioscience Electives (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab) X 3-4
 Total Credits   16
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 401Comprehensive Biochemistry IX 4A3
Select one course from the following:   5
General Physics II (GT-SC1) X3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1) X3A 
Select one course from the following:   3
Introduction to Statistical Methods X  
Introduction to Biostatistics X  
Elective   3
 Total Credits   14
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 403Comprehensive Biochemistry IIX 4B3
BC 404Comprehensive Biochemistry Laboratory X4B2
AUCC Category 3 courses  3B, 3C, 3D, 3E3
Bioscience Electives (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  3-4
Elective   3
PH 122 or PH 142 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   14
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 411Physical BiochemistryX  4
BC 463Molecular GeneticsX  3
BC 493Senior SeminarX 4A1
AUCC Category 3 courses  3B, 3C, 3D, 3E3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   14
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 465Molecular Regulation of Cell FunctionX  3
Select one course from the following:   3
Thesis: Laboratory Research-BasedX 4C 
Thesis: Literature BasedX 4C 
AUCC Category 3 coursesX 3B, 3C, 3D, 3E3
Bioscience Electives (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  3-4
ElectivesX  3-4
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   17
 Program Total Credits:   120