Biochemistry - Major
For information, contact Professor Marianne Staretz, firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-606-4666, ext. 3608.
Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of life. A biochemistry major will study the chemistry of molecules found in living organisms, particularly proteins, DNA/RNA, lipids, and carbohydrates. 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, toxicology, and forensic science. Students interested in forensic science can choose to double major in biochemistry and forensic science. As a capstone experience students in the program will work one-on-one with a faculty member on a research project which will be summarized in a seminar presentation.
The mission of the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences is to develop the theoretical, 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.
Within the guiding mission of the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences, the Biochemistry major will provide students with a strong foundation in both chemistry and biology. This combination of chemistry and biology within the Biochemistry major promotes an integration of concepts and techniques that will enable students to study and understand the chemistry of living systems. Students majoring in Biochemistry are provided with the background to excel in fields that have a connection to living systems such as medicine, pharmaceuticals, pharmacology & toxicology, agriculture, forensic science, and the environment.
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. Students must attain a grade of C or better in 100 and 200 level courses before proceeding to 300 level courses. No grades of D and only two grades of C- will be allowed for required 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 comprehensive examination encompassing all the relevant sub-disciplines which is administered as part of the Chemistry seminar (CHE 352).
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 6 credits in the junior/senior year OR CHE 393 Internship
Plus choose two courses from the following:
CHE 306 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3 credits
CHE 314 Toxicology 2 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
CHE 348 Forensic Molecular Biology 4 credits
Plus the following biology courses:
BIO 123 Foundations of Biology I 4 credits
BIO 124 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology II 4 credits
BIO 231 Genetics 4 credits
BIO 335 Molecular Genetics I 4 credits
Plus the following cognate courses:
BIO 248 Biostatistics 3 credits OR
MAT 210 Mathematical Statistics and Probability 3 credits
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
Total number of credits required: 89-90
The B.S. degree in Biochemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society which means that graduates will be certified by the American Chemical Society.
Fulfillment of LAC Requirements
Students fulfill Technology, Oral Presentation, and Information Literacy requirements through the successful completion of the following major requirements: CHE 300, CHE 302, CHE 335, CHE 307, CHE 352, CHE 391. Students also fulfill the Natural Sciences (CHE 111 and 112), Mathematics and Logic (MAT 141 and 142) and Writing 2 (CHE 300) requirements upon successful completion of the major.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the fundamentals of analytical, organic, inorganic, physical and biological chemistry.
- Students will be able to apply problem-solving skills in both a qualitative and quantitative manner using fundamental chemical/biochemical principles.
- Students will demonstrate laboratory skills and an understanding of theory and techniques to effectively carry out an experiment in a safe and systematic fashion.
- Students will learn to make detailed observations, record data objectively, and maintain an accurate laboratory notebook in a legal and ethical manner.
- Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate chemical/biochemical information with clarity through writing and speaking and will be able to retrieve, understand and properly cite specific chemical and biochemical information from the scientific literature.
- Students will demonstrate proficiency in applying and interpreting statistical methods for data evaluation.
- Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of advanced concepts in biochemistry and biochemical techniques.