ACS Biochemistry Major Course of Study

It is strongly recommended that students contact an advisor in the chemistry program to help them determine which major will provide the best opportunity for them to successfully complete preparation for their chosen career.

The ACS biochemistry major requires a minimum of 73 credit hours.

Students pursuing a major in Biochemistry may not also major or minor in Biology or Chemistry.

Chemistry Courses

CHEM 208: Analytical Chemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 238.
A lecture course that covers analytical methods of chemical analysis. Topics include statistical analysis, quantitative chemical analysis, chemical equilibria, eletroanalytical techniques and fundamentals of spectroscopy.

CHEM 208-L: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
1 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 238-L
A laboratory course designed to give students experiences with analytical methods of chemical analysis. Topics include data analysis, chemical equilibria (acid-base and complexation), redox titrations and spectroscopy.

CHEM 238: Inorganic Chemistry
3 credit hours

A fundamental course in the study of inorganic chemistry. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, nomenclature of inorganic compounds, fundamentals of inorganic complexes and an introduction to the chemistry of main group elements.

CHEM 238-L: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
1 credit hours

A fundamental laboratory course in the study of inorganic chemistry. Topics include the preparation of inorganic complexes, resolution of chiral transition metal compounds, ion conductivity and a preparation of a main group inorganic compound.

CHEM 327: Physical Chemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 315 or CHEM 312
A lecture course in the study of physical chemistry designed to introduce students to classical physical chemistry concepts. Topics of study include properties and kinetic molecular theory of gases, thermodynamics, states of matter and phase equilibria.

CHEM 336: Biochemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 315 or CHEM 312. Recommended prerequisite: CHEM 327.  
A lecture course that studies the structure and function of biological molecules. Topics include enzyme kinetics, synthesis and degradation of biological molecules, and energy production. Emphasis will be placed on enzyme mechanisms and regulation.

CHEM 336-L: Biochemistry Laboratory
2 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CHEM 315-L or CHEM 312-L
A lecture/laboratory course that develops biochemistry lab skills and techniques. Topics include biomolecule isolation and quantification, enzyme kinetics, ligand-binding and reaction equilibrium.

CHEM 436: Advanced Biochemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CHEM 336.  
A lecture course that studies biological molecule metabolism, signal transduction, DNA replication and repair, transcription and translation. Biochemistry of selected diseases will be discussed. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

CHEM 436-L: Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory
2 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CHEM 336-L.  
A lecture/laboratory course that develops skills in designing and carrying out biochemical experiments. Students will perform prescribed laboratory activities as well as independent research projects. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

Choose one pair:

CHEM 412: Advanced Organic Chemistry Reactions
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 312
This lecture course is an advanced study in the chemistry of all major organic functional groups. Topics include spectroscopy, in-depth theory and reaction mechanisms and an introduction to biochemistry and metabolic pathways

CHEM 415-L: Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
2 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CHEM 315-L or CHEM 312-L.  
A laboratory course has a 1?hour lecture component that introduces the lab and complements CHEM 415. It continues development of organic lab skills and techniques. Topics covered will include multi-step synthesis, open- ended projects involving experimental design and an introduction to enzyme catalysis and stereochemical control.

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CHEM 415: Advanced Organic Chemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 315.  
This lecture course continues in-depth study of organic functional group chemistry of carbonyl containing compounds and amines. Topics include spectroscopy, mechanisms, theory and an introduction to biochemistry and metabolic pathways.

CHEM 415-L: Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
2 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CHEM 315-L or CHEM 312-L.  
A laboratory course has a 1?hour lecture component that introduces the lab and complements CHEM 415. It continues development of organic lab skills and techniques. Topics covered will include multi-step synthesis, open- ended projects involving experimental design and an introduction to enzyme catalysis and stereochemical control.

Choose one pair:

CHEM 312: Organic Chemistry Reactions
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 238. 
This lecture course studies the chemistry of all major organic functional groups in one semester. Topics include nomenclature, stereochemistry and some mechanisms and theory. Emphasis is placed on the reactions and their application in synthesis.

CHEM 312-L: Organic Chemistry Reactions Lab
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 238-L
This laboratory course has a 1?hour lecture component that introduces the lab and complements CHEM 312. It develops organic lab skills and techniques through organic reaction experiments and applications of spectroscopy and instrumentation.

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CHEM 315: Organic Chemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 238
This lecture course is an in-depth study of organic functional group chemistry of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, aromatics and alcohols. Topics include nomenclature, stereochemistry, mechanisms, and theory.

CHEM 315-L: Organic Chemistry Laboratory
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 238-L
This laboratory course has a 1?hour lecture component that introduces the lab and complements CHEM 315. It develops organic lab skills and techniques with extensive hands?on experience and organic application of spectroscopy and instrumentation

Biology Courses

BIOL 172: Exploring Molecular Biology
3 credit hours

Recommended prerequisite or co-requisite: CHEM 115 or CHEM 238
This course examines the structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins. The molecular mechanisms of replication, transcription, mRNA processing and translation will be emphasized. In addition, regulation of these processes will be explored. Lecture and laboratory. Intended for students majoring in biology or related disciplines.

BIOL 181: Mechanisms of Genetic Inheritance
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  BIOL 172
This course will apply the knowledge acquired in BIOL 172 to the inheritance patterns of genetic traits between individuals and within populations. Lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 182: Evolution
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 181. 
An introduction to the principles of evolutionary biology, including the history, processes and patterns of evolution as well as systematic biology.

BIOL 324: Cellular and Molecular Biology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 181. Recommended prerequisite: BIOL 336 and CHEM 315. 
Advanced molecular mechanisms of gene expression and control. Methods of genetic engineering and production of transgenic organisms. Lecture. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

BIOL 334: Developmental Biology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 181
A study of the stages and mechanisms of embryonic development in animals. Both classic experimental embryology and the genetic and molecular regulation of invertebrate and vertebrate animal development will be covered. The course will provide a comparative investigation of both morphology and molecular mechanisms while highlighting the similarities and differences between nematodes, insects, and vertebrates. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

Chemistry/Biology Courses

CHEM 391, 392: Research
1-4 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CHEM 291 or CHEM 292, or approval of research director. 
Research focused on a specific project related to the chemical sciences. The project must be approved by the research advisor and must result in a written report evaluated as part of the grade. A presentation at a professional meeting or publication in a scientific journal is not required, but can be used to justify an enhanced grade

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BIOL 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research
1-12 credit hours

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.

Choose at least 7 hours of electives from the following courses:

BIOL 313: Advanced Microbiology
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:  BIOL 181 or CHEM 238
This course will examine the unique physiology of the Archaea and Procaryotae and their roles in ecology and human disease. Techniques for identification of these organisms also will be studied. Lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 378: Advanced Human Physiology I
5 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 181 and CHEM 315
The first section of this course deals with cell signaling mechanisms, such as c?AMP and G?proteins, as well as receptor functions. The section deals with electrophysiology and the function of the nervous muscular system, and the general physiology of the cardiovascular system. Subjects will be covered through reading from text and journal articles, lecture presentation and laboratory projects.

BIOL 379: Advanced Human Physiology II
5 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 378
This course will allow students to acquire an in-depth understanding of the organ system functions of the human body, to include: respiratory system, digestive system, renal physiology, immune system, endocrine system, and reproductive systems. The material will be covered through readings from text and journal articles, lecture presentations, and laboratory projects.

CHEM 308: Advanced Analytical Chemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 208.
A lecture/laboratory course that provides hands-on experience on a variety of instrumental methods used in chemical analysis. Students will also develop good laboratory skills and learn to apply their knowledge of analytical chemistry to solve practical problems.

CHEM 308-L: Advanced Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 208 and CHEM 208-L
A lecture/laboratory course that provides hands?on experience on a variety of instrumental techniques used in chemical analysis. Students will develop laboratory skills and learn to apply their knowledge to solve practical problems.

CHEM 414: Medicinal Chemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 315 or CHEM 312.  
Study of the organic chemistry aspects of drug design and development. Course also introduces various classes of drugs, mechanism of action along with prodrugs, metabolism and SAR. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

CHEM 414-L: Medicinal Chemistry Lab
1 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 315 and CHEM 315-L or CHEM 312 and CHEM 312-L.  
Synthesis of different biologically active compound libraries and evaluation of their biological activity using cytotoxicity assays. Analysis of structure activity relationships using the data generated. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

CHEM 427: Advanced Physical Chemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CHEM 327.  
A course in the study of physical chemistry designed to introduce students to advanced physical chemistry concepts. Topics of study include quantum concept of the atom, group theory, spectroscopy and statistical thermodynamics.

Other Courses

MATH 231: Calculus I
4 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Two years of high school algebra and one semester of high school trigonometry. 
A study of the fundamental principles of analytic geometry and calculus with an emphasis on differentiation.

MATH 232: Calculus II
4 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MATH 231 or MATH 236. It is recommended that students receive a grade of C or better in MATH 231 or MATH 236 to be successful in this course. 
Continuation of Calculus I including techniques of integration and infinite series.

PHYS 211: General Physics I
5 credit hours

Co-requisite:  MATH 231. 
The principles of Newtonian mechanics including motion, energy, and force. Calculus with extensive use of vector analysis. Intended for science majors. The modeling-centered, inquiry-based workshop format integrated laboratory and lecture emphasizes experiment, data collection and analysis, problem solving, and cooperative learning in both small and large groups. Three two-hour sessions per week. Offered fall semester.

PHYS 212: General Physics II
5 credit hours

Prerequisite:  PHYS 211. 
Continuation of Newtonian mechanics, including working, 2-d motion, impulse-momentum, and circular motion. Also electrical and magnetic properties of matter, fields and forces, and DC circuits. Calculus with extensive use of vector analysis. Intended for science majors. The modeling-centered, inquiry-based workshop format integrated laboratory and lecture emphasizes experiment, data collection and analysis, problem solving, and cooperative learning in both small and large groups. Three two-hour sessions per week. Offered spring semester.