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.
In addition to the University Curriculum, students majoring in Biochemistry must complete the following requirements:
|University Curriculum 1|
|Biochemistry Core Requirements|
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry I Lab
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry II Lab
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
|Organic Chemistry II|
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
and Analytical Chemistry Lab
|Physical Chemistry I|
and Physical Chemistry I Lab
|Physical Chemistry II|
and Physical Chemistry II Lab
and Instrumental Analysis Lab
and Biochemistry Lab I
|CHE 316||Biochemistry II||3|
|CHE 475||Chemistry Seminar I||1|
|CHE 476||Chemistry Seminar II||1|
|CHE 490||Chemistry Research I||3|
|CHE 491||Chemistry Research II||3|
|Two upper-level CHE elective courses 2||6|
|Two upper-level BIO or BMS electives 3||6|
|Cognate Courses 4|
|MA 141||Calculus of a Single Variable 5||3|
|General Physics I|
and General Physics I Lab 4,6
|General Physics II|
and General Physics II Lab 4,6
|General Biology for Majors|
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
|Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics|
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
All students must complete the University Curriculum requirements.
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.
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