Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011




T. Burkholder (860-832-2675), J. P. Mulrooney (860-832-3560), Co-coordinators; J. V. Arena, G. Brown-Wright, G. Crundwell, M. A. Davis, B. L. Dobbs-McAuliffe, N. M. Glagovich, B. Hoopengardner, C. A. Jones, M. A. Kapper, T. R. King, K. A. Martin, , C. L. Watson, S. Watton, B. L. Westcott, Jr.


Program Overview

The BS in biochemistry program provides a strong foundation in both molecular biology and chemistry and is based on faculty, facilities, and research resources in both the Department of Biomolecular Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. In addition to in-class laboratory instruction, this interdepartmental program emphasizes independent student research carried out under the guidance of a faculty member from either department. This program is designed to prepare students for careers or advanced study in molecular biology, biochemistry, or health-related fields.



Major in Biochemistry, BS (Non-teaching, 57-60 credits)

Core Requirements (35 credits)
BMS 102Introduction to Biomolecular Science3
BMS 103Introduction to Biomolecular Science Laboratory1
BMS 190Introduction to Research I0.5
BMS 201Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology4
BMS 290Introduction to Research II0.5
CHEM 161General Chemistry I3
CHEM 162General Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHEM 163General Chemistry II3
CHEM 164General Chemistry II Laboratory1
CHEM 301Analytical Chemistry4
CHEM 210Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHEM 212Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 213Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
CHEM 316Spectrometric Identification 
of Organic Compounds3
CHEM 320Biophysical Chemistry3
Directed Electives (13-16 credits)
One course chosen from:
BMS 306Genetics4
BMS 307Genomics4
BMS 311Cell Biology4
BMS 316Microbiology4
and 6-8 additional credits chosen from the 300-level BMS courses listed above or from the following:
BMS 415Advanced Exploration in Cell, Molecular, and 
Physiological Biology3
BMS 490Topics in Biomolecular Sciences3
BMS 495Capstone in Molecular Biology4
BIO 416Immunology3
BIO 449 Plant Physiology3
BIO 450Investigations in Plant Physiology1
and 3-4 additional credits in chemistry from the following:
CHEM 402Instrumental Methods in Analytical Chemistry4
CHEM 406Environmental Chemistry3
CHEM 456Toxicology3
CHEM 459Bioinorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 485Topics in Chemistry3
Research Requirements (2 credits)
Two credits of research chosen from any of BMS 390, 491, CHEM 238, or 438 (although a two-semester sequence of BMS 390 and 491, or CHEM 238 and 438 is strongly encouraged). BMS 391 (Internship in biomolecular sciences, 1-3 credits) may be used as a substitution for part or all of the independent research requirement.
Capstone Courses (7 credits)
CHEM 458 Advanced Biochemistry3
and one of the following courses, to be taken with the accompanying lab:
BMS 496Capstone in Biosynthesis, Bioenergetics, and Metabolic

BMS 497Biosynthesis, Bioenergetics, and Metabolic Regulation
CHEM 354Biochemistry3
CHEM 455Biochemistry/Laboratory1
Related Requirements (12 credits)
MATH 152Calculus I4
PHYS 125University Physics I4
PHYS 126University Physics II4
PHYS 121General Physics I4
PHYS 122General Physics II4

Students must also maintain a student portfolio (see below). These related requirement courses may also be counted to fulfill appropriate portions of the student's general education program. No minor is required for this major.

Portfolio Requirement
The portfolio requirement will be formally introduced to students during the BMS 190 and 290 introductory courses. Minimally, the student portfolio must include a current resume, a current Student Graduation Evaluation or transcript, a planned program of academic study, a narrative describing the student's goals for undergraduate education and graduate educational or career plans, abstracts of all completed independent study projects, and writing samples from one or more upper-level courses in the major. To fulfill the portfolio requirement, the student portfolio must be reviewed with one or more faculty members:

  • As a course requirement in BMS 190 and 290;
  • As a required component of independent student research projects; and
  • Prior to graduation, as evidenced by submission of a Portfolio Requirement Completed form to the chair of the Department of Biomolecular Sciences.

500-Level Course Options
Undergraduate students who use the form, Enrollment in 500 Level Courses by Undergraduates, and who have at least 90 credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher may (with the approval of the advisor, instructor, appropriate department chair and dean, School of Graduate Studies, and with appropriate prerequisites) substitute either of the following 500-level BMS courses for BMS courses listed in the directed elective portion of the major program, and the following CHEM course in place of one of the 400-level CHEM courses listed in the directed elective portion of the major program:

BMS 562         Developmental Biology                                             3

BMS 570         Advanced Genetics                                                  3

CHEM 551       Topics in Biochemistry                                            3

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