Biochemistry B.S.

Coordinator, Department of Chemistry: Professor Matera

Professors: Karty, Sienerth

Associate Professors: Evans, Izzo, Miyamoto, Moore, L. Niedziela, Train, Uno, Wright

Assistant Professors: Clar, Dabrowski, McManamy, Rizzuto, Simkin

Biochemistry focuses on those processes that occur at the molecular level in living organisms. The goal of the biochemistry major is to provide an in-depth, interdisciplinary foundation in chemistry and biology needed to understand these processes. Students completing this major will be prepared for careers in the biotechnology industry or graduate studies in biochemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, molecular biology or medically-related fields.

Administered by the Department of Chemistry, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry (61-65 semester hours) is offered in a three-tiered structure. Foundational courses are taken from biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Intermediate courses in biochemistry, genetics and organic chemistry provide in-depth knowledge. Advanced electives in biochemistry, biology and chemistry allow students flexibility in tailoring a curriculum to fit their post baccalaureate goals. The major concludes with a capstone experience focusing on an advanced topic in biochemistry coupled with the creation of a scientific research proposal.

Students who major in biochemistry will gain access to state-of-the-art technology and be able to put their knowledge into practice through internships and/or undergraduate research. Biochemical research may be offered by appropriate faculty in the Department of Biology, the Department of Chemistry or the Department of Physics. Undergraduate researchers are encouraged to present their results at local, regional and national scientific meetings.

A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biochemistry requires the completion of the Elon Core Curriculum as well as the Major Requirements listed below.

 

 

Major Requirements:

Required courses: 47 sh

BIO 1112INTRODUCTORY CELL BIOLOGY

3 sh

BIO 1113CELL BIOLOGY LABORATORY

1 sh

BIO 2512INTRODUCTORY POPULATION BIOLOGY

3 sh

BIO 2513POPULATION BIOLOGY LABORATORY

1 sh

CHM 1110GENERAL CHEMISTRY I with LAB

4 sh

CHM 1120GENERAL CHEMISTRY II with LAB

4 sh

MTH 1510CALCULUS I

4 sh

BIO 2212PRINCIPLES OF GENETICS

3 sh

BIO 2213GENETICS LABORATORY

1 sh

CHM 2110ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I with LAB

4 sh

CHM 2120ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II with LAB

4 sh

CHM 3110QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

4 sh

CHM 3510BIOCHEMISTRY I

4 sh

CHM 3530BIOCHEMISTRY II

4 sh

CHM 3520Biochemistry Laboratory

0 sh

CHM 4010Advanced Chemistry Lab

0 sh

CHM 4971SENIOR SEMINAR IN BIOCHEMISTRY

3 sh

* BIO 2512 and BIO 2513 carry a pre-requisite of BIO 1514 (Biodiversity); Biochemistry majors must request approval for a waiver of the pre-requisite from the Biology department chair. 

 

Select one of the following Physics sequences: 8 sh

PHY 2010GENERAL PHYSICS I

4 sh

PHY 2020GENERAL PHYSICS II

4 sh

or

PHY 2210UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I

4 sh

PHY 2220UNIVERSITY PHYSICS II

4 sh

 

Select a minimum of 10 hours from the following courses: 10 sh

At least 4 hours from CHM and 4 hours from BIO
(Other electives can be substituted with approval of the department); 

At least 2 hours must include laboratory-based content. Alternatively, this lab requirement can be satisfied with CHM 3330 or with an additional semester of CHM 4010 beyond the one that is required.

BIO 3650TOXICOLOGY

4 sh

BIO 3230IMMUNOLOGY

4 sh

BIO 3200BIOCHEMICAL BASIS OF DISEASE

4 sh

BIO 3220INTRODUCTION TO CANCER BIOLOGY

4 sh

BIO 4110MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY

4 sh

BIO 4212TOPICS IN ADVANCED GENETICS

4 sh

BIO 4999RESEARCH

1-4 sh

CHM 3210INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS

4 sh

CHM 3320PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I

4 sh

CHM 3340PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II

4 sh

CHM 3410INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

4 sh

CHM 3550MEDICINAL AND PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY

4 sh

CHM 4999RESEARCH

1-3 sh

PHY 4999RESEARCH

1-4 sh

 

 

Students majoring in Biochemistry cannot also declare a minor in either Biology or Chemistry.

 

Total Credit Hours: 65

Program Outcomes

Total Credit Hours: 65

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