The Data Science concentration in Biochemistry builds on the general biochemistry core set of courses (24 credits of primarily upper division courses) and includes 21 data science specific course credits. This option gives the student 3 “free elective” credits, which they can use to complete either data science elective, bioscience elective, or second semester physics courses. This concentration is designed to provide a solid background in biochemistry, molecular genetics and cell biology, augmented with computer science, mathematics and statistics. The data science concentration is recommended for students interested in a career in life science data analysis. Students who graduate with this concentration obtain the skills necessary for organizing, analyzing and communicating the meaning of massive data sets.

Effective Fall 2021

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
MATH 155Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B4
MATH 255Calculus for Biological Scientists II1B4
 Total Credits 31
Sophomore
 
CHEM 341Modern Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 343Modern Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 344Modern Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
CS 152Introduction to Programming (CS0)-Python 2
LIFE 210Introductory Eukaryotic Cell Biology 3
LIFE 212Introductory Cell Biology Laboratory 2
STAT 158Introduction to R Programming 1
Select one course from the following: 4
CS1---No Prior Programming Experience  
CS1--Prior Programming Experience  
Diversity and Global Awareness3E3
AUCC Category 3 courses13B-3D6
 Total Credits 29
Junior
 
BC 401Comprehensive Biochemistry I4A3
BC 403Comprehensive Biochemistry II4B3
BC 404Comprehensive Biochemistry Laboratory4B2
BZ 360Bioinformatics and Genomics 3
CS 220Discrete Structures and their Applications 4
DSCI 235Data Wrangling 2
STAT 315Intro to Theory and Practice of Statistics 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in Digital Environments (GT-CO3)2 
Strategic Writing and Communication (GT-CO3)2 
Select one course from the following: 2-3
Investigative Biochemistry: Protein Biochemistry  
Mentored Research  
Internship  
Independent Study  
Group Study  
Select one course from the following: 5
General Physics I (GT-SC1)3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A 
 Total Credits 30-31
Senior
 
BC 411Physical Biochemistry 4
BC 463Molecular Genetics 3
BC 465Molecular Regulation of Cell Function 3
BC 493Senior Seminar4A,4C1
DSCI 335Inferential Reasoning in Data Analysis 3
STAT 341Statistical Data Analysis I 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Thesis: Laboratory Research-Based4C 
Thesis: Literature Based4C 
AUCC Category 3 courses13B-3D6
Electives2 3-4
 Total Credits 29-30
 Program Total Credits: 120

Data Science Electives List

CS 345Machine Learning Foundations and Practice3
DSCI 369Linear Algebra for Data Science4
STAT 342Statistical Data Analysis II3

Biosciences Electives List

BC 467Biochemistry of Disease3
BIOM 306/BTEC 306Bioprocess Engineering4
BIOM 504/CBE 504Fundamentals of Biochemical 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 440Plant Physiology3
BZ 455Human Heredity and Birth Defects3
BZ 476/BZ 576Genetics of Model Organisms3
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 360Brewing Processes4
FTEC 460Brewing Science II4
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

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
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
MATH 155Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)X 1B4
 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
MATH 255Calculus for Biological Scientists IIX 1B4
 Total Credits   16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 341Modern Organic Chemistry IX  3
CS 152Introduction to Programming (CS0)-PythonX  2
LIFE 210Introductory Eukaryotic Cell BiologyX  3
LIFE 212Introductory Cell Biology LaboratoryX  2
AUCC Category 3 courses  3B, 3C, 3D6
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 343Modern Organic Chemistry IIX  3
CHEM 344Modern Organic Chemistry LaboratoryX  2
STAT 158Introduction to R ProgrammingX  1
Select one course from the following:   4
CS1---No Prior Programming ExperienceX   
CS1--Prior Programming ExperienceX   
Diversity and Global Awareness  3E3
 Total Credits   13
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 401Comprehensive Biochemistry IX 4A3
BC 404Comprehensive Biochemistry LaboratoryX 4B2
BZ 360Bioinformatics and GenomicsX  3
CS 220Discrete Structures and their ApplicationsX  4
STAT 315Intro to Theory and Practice of StatisticsX  3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 403Comprehensive Biochemistry IIX 4B3
DSCI 235Data WranglingX  2
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3) X2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3) X2 
Writing in Digital Environments (GT-CO3) X2 
Strategic Writing and Communication (GT-CO3) X2 
Select one course from the following:   2-3
Investigative Biochemistry: Protein Biochemistry X  
Mentored Research X  
Internship X  
Independent Study X  
Group Study X  
Select one course from the following:   5
General Physics I (GT-SC1)X 3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)X 3A 
 Total Credits   15-16
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 411Physical BiochemistryX  4
BC 463Molecular GeneticsX  3
BC 493Senior SeminarX 4A,4C1
STAT 341Statistical Data Analysis IX  3
AUCC Category 3 courses  3B, 3C, 3D3
 Total Credits   14
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 465Molecular Regulation of Cell FunctionX  3
DSCI 335Inferential Reasoning in Data AnalysisX  3
Select one course from the following:   3
Thesis: Laboratory Research-BasedX 4C 
Thesis: Literature BasedX 4C 
AUCC Category 3 coursesX 3B, 3C, 3D3
Electives2X  3-4
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15-16
 Program Total Credits:   120