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BS in Biochemistry

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Laboratory research is at the heart of a career in the biochemistry field. Biochemists investigate the links between DNA and diseases, perform forensic work for government agencies and public companies and troubleshoot sensitive equipment in a laboratory.

Program Overview

A BS in biochemistry gives you the skills to become a research associate studying the way molecules react to one another, or a laboratory technician analyzing cancer cells in the pursuit of a cure. You may become a chemist in a food development laboratory, write for a scientific journal or work for a consumer products company developing a more effective sunscreen.

We teach you to evaluate and interpret data, hone your analytical thinking skills and present the results of your scientific research to large audiences. An independent research project strengthens the skills you develop in the classroom. Companies such as Alexion, CT Agricultural Station and LabSynergy offer real-life work experience in the form of internships.

Your degree in biochemistry qualifies you to work as a research assistant in a chemical, pharmaceutical or academic research laboratory upon graduation, but you’ll also have the foundation to pursue an advanced degree in several fields including medicine, veterinary medicine or law.

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Biochemistry Curriculum

Initial placement in English and mathematics courses is determined by placement examinations and an evaluation of high school units presented. Students who do not place directly into MA 141 or MA 151 should take MA 140. MA 152 is strongly recommended.

Biochemistry majors must maintain a minimum grade of C- in all required chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics courses. Any required course not listed in the course descriptions may be considered for scheduling when the need arises. All 4-credit science courses have a laboratory component. Chemistry and biology electives must be selected with the advice and approval of the department adviser. Open electives should be selected based upon student interests and career goals from offerings in all schools.

Students majoring in biochemistry must complete the following requirements:

University Curriculum 146
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 23
Biochemistry Core Requirements
CHE 110
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
CHE 111
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
CHE 210
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHE 211
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHE 215
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Lab
CHE 301
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry I Lab
CHE 302
Physical Chemistry II
and Physical Chemistry II Lab
CHE 305
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Lab
CHE 315
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab I
CHE 316Biochemistry II3
CHE 475Chemistry Seminar I1
CHE 476Chemistry Seminar II1
CHE 490Chemistry Research I3
CHE 491Chemistry Research II3
Two upper-level CHE elective courses 36
Two upper-level BIO or BMS electives 46
Cognate Courses 5
MA 141Calculus of a Single Variable 63
PHY 110
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab 5,7
PHY 111
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab 5,7
BIO 150
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
BIO 151
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
Total Credits127

All students must complete the University Curriculum requirements.


Students must complete the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum requirements specific to their major. See details below.


Typically CHE 300 (offerings vary); departmental integrated capstone is currently included in this category.


Advanced biology electives for the biochemistry major are chosen in consultation with the departmental adviser.


Required courses, which support the biochemistry major and may be used to satisfy requirements outside the major.


MA 151 may be substituted for MA 141. MA 152 is also highly recommended but is not required.


PHY 121 and PHY 122 may be substituted.

Minimum number of credits required for graduation is 120.

College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum

The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.

In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.

For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.

For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.) 

A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.

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