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As a biochemistry major, we see you studying the chemistry of molecules found in living organisms—particularly proteins, DNA/RNA, lipids and carbohydrates—in state-of-the-art labs equipped with the latest technology and instrumentation.

Our biochemistry major combines chemistry and biology coursework with considerable emphasis on the laboratory experience. It is designed to prepare you for graduate studies or for employment in industry, education, or the medical professions. Emerging career options involving the chemistry of living systems include:

  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical research
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Toxicology
  • And more

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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. 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 departmental courses at the 300 level that fulfill major requirements.  A grade of C- or better is required for all cognate courses that satisfy major requirements. If a required course is not completed within 2 attempts, the student will be dismissed from the program.  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 a chemistry 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/FSC 302 Chemical and Forensic 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 I 4 credits
CHE 352 Chemistry Seminar 1 credit
CHE/FSC 391 Advanced Laboratory and Research 6 credits in the junior/senior year OR CHE/FSC 393 Internship Up to 6 credits

Plus one course (2-4 credits) from the following:

CHE 306 Advanced Organic Chemistry 2 credits
CHE 314 Toxicology 2 credits
CHE 320 Environmental Chemistry 3 or 4 credits
CHE 333 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 2 credits
CHE 336 Physical Chemistry II 3 credits
CHE 341 Polymer Chemistry 2 credits
CHE 344 Heterocyclic Chemistry 2 credits
FSC 321 Forensic Chemistry 2 credits

Plus the following biology courses:
BIO 123 Foundations in 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:
MAT 141 Calculus I 3 credits
MAT 142 Calculus II 3 credits
PHY 104 College Physics I 4 credits
PHY 105 College Physics II 4 credits

Total number of credits required: 80

The B.S. 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.

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At Cedar Crest College, you may choose any of the following tracks when studying biochemistry at the undergraduate level:

  • A bachelor of science in biochemistry
  • A co-major in biochemistry and forensic science
  • A bachelor of science in biochemistry combined with a non-science major or minor, such as dance or global studies
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Program Details

Some important information about the biochemistry major at Cedar Crest College:

  • Through theoretical studies and laboratory experience, you will learn valuable critical thinking skills, research and oral presentation skills.
  • 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.
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American Chemical Society

The Cedar Crest College chemistry program is accredited by the American Chemical Society

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