College of Science and Health > Academics > Chemistry and Biochemistry > Undergraduate > Biochemistry (BA) > Major Requirements
All students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry must complete a common core of courses in the department. These courses are consistent with the requirements of all degree programs accredited by the American Chemical Society. The courses in the common core consist of:
The department's summer General Chemistry sequence of CHE 136/CHE 137 and CHE 138/CHE 139 may substitute for the three-quarter sequences above.
One year of General Biology, offered by the Department of Biological Sciences, are required to earn a baccalaureate degree in biochemistry:
One year of calculus is required to earn a baccalaureate degree in biochemistry. This may be accomplished by completing any one of the following five course sequences offered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences:
Students interested in earning credit for multi-variable calculus should not take the MAT 170/ MAT 171/MAT 172 sequence. Business calculus cannot be substituted for any of the sequences above.
One year of general physics is required to earn a baccalaureate in biochemistry. This may be accomplished by completing one of the following three-course sequences offered by the Department of Physics:
Students must also complete the requirements from one of the following concentrations: Standard, Pre-Med - Accelerated Program, and Pre-Podiatry - Accelerated Program.
Biochemistry (BA) students are not eligible to earn a double major in Biochemistry (BS).
Students are advised to talk with their advisor before double majoring because some major combinations are prohibited. No more than 50% of the credits that apply to one major may be drawn from another major.
The following enrollment-related policies are fully enforced by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Students should begin their General Chemistry and General Biology sequences in their freshman year provided they have an adequate mathematics background. Students not yet prepared for calculus should take the prerequisite courses in their first year. The Calculus and Physics sequences should be taken no later than their sophomore and junior year, respectively. The Organic Chemistry sequence, Analytical Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis should be taken in the sophomore year. The Biochemistry sequence should be taken in their junior year. Advanced courses in Chemistry may be taken as soon as students have met the appropriate prerequisites.
Students are advised to talk with their advisor before double majoring, because some major combinations are prohibited. No more than 50% of the credits that apply to one major may be drawn from another major.
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