Catalog • 2011-2012

Biochemistry - Major

For information, contact Dr. Marianne Staretz.

Program Description

The biochemistry major combines course work in chemistry and biology, with considerable emphasis on the laboratory experience. It is designed to prepare students for a number of emerging career options involving the chemistry of living systems, including medicine, pharmacology, pharmaceutical research, environmental chemistry and toxicology. Upon graduation, students generally enter into industry, graduate study, education or the medical professions.

Because this is a highly structured program, it is recommended that students interested in the biochemistry Major consult the program advisor early in their academic sequence. As a capstone experience, juniors and seniors complete either a departmental research project or a corporate internship, which is summarized in a seminar presentation.

Department Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences is to develop the conceptual, analytical, and technical skills to allow departmental majors to be leaders in their scientific professions and/or productively pursue graduate or professional studies in science. The Department will also provide a foundational knowledge in the area of chemistry for majors and non-majors that will contribute to the development of scientifically responsible citizens who can have a better understanding of the world and the role of science and scientific thinking in the global community.

Total number of credits required: 89-90

Program Requirements

An overall 2.000 grade-point average in chemistry, biology and cognate courses is required for the major in biochemistry. A grade of C or better is required for all chemistry courses at the 100 and 200 level that fulfill major requirements. Only two grades of C- will be allowed for all Biology courses and chemistry courses at the 300 level that fulfill major requirements. A student must have a 2.000 average in chemistry courses to declare the biochemistry major. A grade of C- or better is required for all cognate courses that satisfy major requirements. Courses that satisfy a major requirement may not be repeated more than once. At least 24 of the credits in chemistry required for the biochemistry major must be completed on the Cedar Crest campus. The biochemistry major may not be combined with either a chemistry or biology minor. Students are required to complete a series of comprehensive examinations in all the relevant sub-disciplines which is administered as part of the Chemistry seminar.

Course Requirements for the Biochemistry Major

CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits
CHE 205 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
CHE 206 Organic Chemistry II 4 credits
CHE 230 Analytical Chemistry 4 credits
CHE 300 Technical Information 3 credits
CHE 302 Instrumental Analysis 4 credits
CHE 307 Biochemistry I 4 credits
CHE 308 Biochemistry II 4 credits
CHE 331 Inorganic Chemistry 3 or 4 credits
CHE 335 Physical Chemistry 4 credits
CHE 352 Seminar 1 credit
CHE 391 Advanced Laboratory and Research 3 credits OR CHE 393 Internship

Plus choose two courses from the following:
CHE 306 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3 credits
CHE 314 Toxicology 3 credits
CHE 320 Environmental Chemistry 3 or 4 credits
CHE 344 Heterocyclic Compounds 3 credits
CHE 336 Physical Chemistry II 3 credits
BIO 227 Microbiology 4 credits
BIO 313 Advanced Mendelian and Population Genetics 3 credits
BIO 336 Molecular Genetics II 4 credits

Plus the following biology courses:
BIO 121 Principles of Biology I 4 credits
BIO 122 Principles of Biology II 4 credits
BIO 236 Cell and Molecular Biology 4 credits
BIO 248 Biostatistics 3 credits
BIO 335 Molecular Genetics I 4 credits

Plus the following cognate courses:
MAT 141 Calculus I 3 credits
MAT 142 Calculus II 3 credits
PHY 101 Introductory College Physics I 4 credits
PHY 102 Introductory College Physics II 4 credits

Students considering graduate study should have additional calculus.