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 biochemistry major requires a minimum of 56 credit hours.

Students pursuing a major in biochemistry may not also major or minor in biology or chemistry.

Chemistry Courses (21 hrs.)

CHEM 208: Analytical Chemistry
3 credit hours

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

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 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
1 credit hours

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

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

Prerequisite:  CHEM 315-L or CHEM 312-L.  
A laboratory course that 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.

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 494: Senior Capstone
1 credit hours

Prerequisite: Any combination of 2 credits of advanced lab and/or research.
A seminar course that focuses on scientific writing and searching the chemistry literature. A well-documented formal report with appropriate citation on topic related to their research in chemistry or from other current chemistry literature. There will also be an oral presentation on the same topic.

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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 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.

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

Prerequisite: CHEM 238-L
This laboratory course develops organic lab skills and techniques through organic reaction experiments and characterization of organic compounds using NMR and IR spectroscopy and instrumentation.

CHEM 315-L: Organic Chemistry Laboratory
1 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 238-L
This laboratory course introduces the organic lab skills and techniques with extensive hands?on experience and organic application of spectroscopy and instrumentation.

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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: 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.

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CHEM 308: Advanced Analytical Chemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 208.
A lecture course that studies a variety of instrumental methods used in chemical analysis. Students will also develop skills and learn to apply their knowledge of analytical chemistry to solve practical problems.

CHEM 338: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CHEM 315 or CHEM 312. 
An advanced study of inorganic chemistry. Topics include reactions, kinetics, bonding, spectroscopy of inorganic 371 complexes, chemical applications of group theory, the solid state and a survey of transition metal compounds in industry and biological systems.

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.

Biology Courses (14 hrs.)

BIOL 172: Exploring Molecular Biology
3 credit hours

 Prerequisite or Co-Requisite: DAY-CHEM 115 or CHEM 208 or CHEM 238. CCPS-BIOL 102.
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: Day-BIOL 172. CCPS-Co-requisite: BIOL 181-L.
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 or Co-requisite: DAY- BIOL 181. CCPS-BIOL 172.
An introduction to the principles of evolutionary biology, including the history, processes and patterns of evolution as well as systematic biology.

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BIOL 308: Immunology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: DAY-BIOL 181 and CHEM 238. CCPS-BIOL 102, BIOL 172, and CHEM 107.
A study of the immune response and its relationship to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease. Topics include immune systems, immunopathology and antibodies.

BIOL 313: Advanced Microbiology
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: Day-BIOL 181 and CHEM 238. CCPS BIOL 181 and CHEM 107.
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 322: Advanced Genetics
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: DAY-BIOL 181 and CHEM 238. CCPS-BIOL 201 and CHEM 107.
A study of the molecular basis of gene expression and the mechanisms by which genetic material is inherited. Lecture and laboratory.This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

BIOL 324: Cellular and Molecular Biology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 181. Recommended prerequisite: CHEM 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.

BIOL 378: Advanced Human Physiology I
5 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 181 and CHEM 315 or BIOL 181 and CHEM 312.
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.

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.

PHYS 211: General Physics I
4 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
4 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.