B.S. in Biochemistry

The B.S. in Biochemistry is designed to prepare students for graduate school in biochemistry or for a variety of professional schools including medical, veterinary, and dental. This degree also provides training for B.S. level biochemist positions in industrial, academic, and government laboratories.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides American Chemical Society (ACS) approved programs. Students completing a baccalaureate degree that meets the ACS Guidelines will receive an ACS-certified degree. To achieve ACS certification, specific course work and experience are necessary.

Curriculum

General Education (42 Credit Hours)

See listing of requirements (KSU Undergraduate Catalog).

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) (18 Credit Hours)

Lab/Math credit from General Education (2 Credit Hours)

  • CHEM 1211 - General Chemistry I *
  • CHEM 1211L - General Chemistry I Laboratory *
  • CHEM 1212 - General Chemistry II *
  • CHEM 1212L - General Chemistry II Laboratory *
  • CHEM 2800 - Quantitative Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 2800L - Quantitative Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
  • MATH 1190 - Calculus I *
  • MATH 2202 - Calculus II
  • PHYS 2211 - Principles of Physics I *
  • PHYS 2211L - Principles of Physics Laboratory I
  • PHYS 2212 - Principles of Physics II *
  • PHYS 2212L - Principles of Physics Laboratory II

* If not taken in General Education.

Upper Division Major Requirements (30 Credit Hours)

  • CHEM XXXX Chemistry Elective (Choose from any 3000/4000 level course in chemistry)
  • CHEM 3105 - Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 3105L - Inorganic Synthesis
  • CHEM 3361 - Modern Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 3361L - Modern Organic Chemistry Lab I
  • CHEM 3362 - Modern Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 3362L - Modern Organic Chemistry Lab II
  • CHEM 3050 - Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 3501 - Biochemistry I: Structure and Function of Biological Macromolecules
  • CHEM 3501L - Biochemistry I Laboratory
  • CHEM 3502 - Biochemistry II: Metabolism

Choose One of the Following:

  • CHEM 3398 - Internship
  • CHEM 3540L - Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 4100 - Directed Applied Research
  • CHEM 4120L - Research Methods Laboratory

Supporting Disciplines (18 Credit Hours)

  • BIOL 1107 - Biological Principles I
  • BIOL 1107L - Biological Principles I Laboratory
  • BIOL 1108 - Biological Principles II
  • BIOL 1108L - Biological Principles II Laboratory
  • BIOL 3300 - Genetics
  • BIOL 3300L - Genetics Laboratory

Supporting Discipline Electives:

Choose six hours from the following: 

  • BIOL 3301K - Introduction to Biotechnology
  • BIOL 3317 - Pathophysiology
  • BIOL 3327 - Medical Genetics
  • BIOL 3400 - Drugs and Biologics: From Conception to Regulatory Approval
  • BIOL 3410 - Cell Biology
  • BIOL 4100K - Molecular Genetics
  • BIOL 4411K - Stem Cell Technology
  • BIOL 4412K - Cell and Tissue Culture
  • BIOL 4420K - Plant Physiology
  • BIOL 4440 - Toxicology
  • BIOL 4455 - Case Studies in Forensic Science
  • BIOL 4465 - Immunology
  • BIOL 4475 - Virology
  • BIOL 4490 - Special Topics in Biology
  • BIOL 4500K - Bioinformatics I
  • BIOL 4510K - Bioinformatics II
  • BIOL 4550 - Cancer Biology
  • BIOL 4630 - Advanced Topics in Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Other 3000-4000 level course as approved by the department chair

Free Electives (12 Credit Hours)

Any courses in university curriculum.

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

University-Wide Degree Requirements

See listing of requirements (in KSU Undergraduate Catalog).

Graduation Credit Hour Total (123 Credit Hours)

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