Overview

The curriculum in biochemistry affords the student sound training in the principles and techniques of modern biochemical theory and experimentation. The program integrates laboratory, theoretical, and research skills to provide the range of abilities needed by the practicing biochemist. Opportunity for research through the Oak Ridge Associated Universities and National Laboratories such as Argonne, Brookhaven, Jefferson, Los Alamos, and Oak Ridge complement the curriculum.

The Major in Biochemistry provides a comprehensive curriculum for students planning careers in which biochemical knowledge plays a central role. With careful elective choice students may pursue careers as professional biochemists and enter graduate school programs that lead to a variety of research-oriented careers, or they may enter medical school or other health-related programs.

Course Offerings

Two degree options are available to students in biochemistry.

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biochemistry consists of 55 hours in biology, chemistry, and related courses and provides an interdisciplinary curriculum for students planning careers expected to have significant biochemical emphases. With careful elective choice students may pursue careers as professional chemists, enter graduate school programs that lead to a variety of research-oriented careers, or they may enter medical school or other health-related programs.

Required coursework includes:
CHM 121: General Chemistry I (4 hrs.)
CHM 122: General Chemistry II (4 hrs.)
CHM 223: Organic Chemistry I (4 hrs.)
CHM 224: Organic Chemistry II (4 hrs.)
CHM 316: Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (4 hrs.)

Either set of following courses:
    BIO 299: Biology Research Methods (1 hr.) and BIO 351-352: Senior Research Project (6 hrs.)
            or 
CHM 399: Research Seminar (1 hr.) and CHM 351-352: Senior Research Project (6 hrs.)

 


BIO 115: Principles of Cellular Biology (4 hrs.)
BIO 221: Genetics (4 hrs.)
CHM 416/BIO 416: Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (4 hrs.)
MTH 125: Calculus I (4 hrs.)
MTH 225: Calculus II (4 hrs.)

Either of the following courses: 
PHY 101 and PHY 102: College Physics I & II (4 hrs. each) 
    or
PHY 201 and PHY 202: General Physics I & II (4 hrs. each)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry consists of 69-70 hours in biology, chemistry, and physics. The Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry is designed to prepare students for graduate school, pharmacy school, or professional work in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry. The major in biochemistry is not open to students majoring in either Biology or Chemistry. The minors in Biology or Chemistry are not open to students majoring in Biochemistry.

Required coursework includes:

CHM 121: General Chemistry I (4 hrs.)
CHM 122: General Chemistry II (4 hrs.)
CHM 223: Organic Chemistry I (4 hrs.)
CHM 224: Organic Chemistry II (4 hrs.)
CHM 316: Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (4 hrs.)
CHM 391: Physical Chemistry II (4 hrs.)
Either set of following courses:
BIO 299: Biology Research Methods (1 hr.) and BIO 351-352: Senior Research Project (6 hrs.)
       or
CHM 399: Research Seminar (1 hr.) andCHM 351-352: Senior Research Project (6 hrs.)

BIO 115: Principles of Cellular Biology (4 hrs.)
BIO 221: Genetics (4 hrs.)
CHM 416/BIO 416: Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (4 hrs.)
MTH 125: Calculus I (4 hrs.)
MTH 225: Calculus II (4 hrs.)

 

Either of the following courses:
PHY 101 and PHY 102: College Physics I & II (4 hrs. each)
        or
PHY 201 and PHY 202: General Physics I & II (4 hrs. each)

Either of the following courses:
CHM 264: Analytical Chemistry (4 hrs.)
       or
CMH 365: Instrumental Methods (4 hrs.)

At least three credit hours chosen from the following courses:
BIO 301: Cell and Tissue Biology (4 hrs.)
BIO 355: Microbiology (4 hrs.)
BIO 357: Immunology (3 hrs.)
Either of the following courses”
    BIO 412: Animal Physiology (4 hrs.)
       or
    BIO 414: Developmental Biology (4 hrs.)

Specific requirements of particular post-graduate institutions should be determined early in the undergraduate program since these requirements may require courses for admission beyond the minimum required for the biochemistry major. An adviser on health-related professions is available to assist students planning careers in medicine and other health professions. Suggested languages are Spanish, German and French.

The Minor in Biology and the Minor in Chemistry are not open to students who major in either biochemistry degree.