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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


B.S. (with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology)

Whether you are planning a career in medical or health sciences or want to do research on the border between the physical and life sciences, our B.S. (with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology) will give you the tools you need to get wherever you want to go.

The B.S. (with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology) checklist [pdf] shows all the program requirements.  This is a typical program of study and may differ from the actual program a student follows.   

Freshman

It is very important to take the pre-requisite courses like math, general chemistry and general biology starting in the first semester of the freshman year in order to prepare for upper level courses in the major.

Fall

  • BIOL 101 - Biological Principles I 
  • BIOL 101L - Biological Principles I Laboratory
  • CHEM 111 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 111L - General Chemistry I Laboratory 
  • MATH 141 - Carolina Core group II-Calculus I
  • ENGL 101- Carolina Core group I-Critical Reading and Composition
  • GFL - Carolina Core group IV-Multicultural Language            

 TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  18-19 Hours

Spring

  • BIOL 102 - Biological Principles II 
  • BIOL 102L - Biological Principles II Laboratory
  • ENGL 102 - Carolina Core group I-Rhetoric and Composition
  • CHEM 112 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 112L - General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • MATH 142 - Carolina Core group II-Calculus II
  • GFL - Carolina Core group IV-Multicultural Language

TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  18 Hours

Sophomore

In the second year students move forward in the biochemistry curriculum with upper level courses in biology and chemistry while finishing the math and physics prerequisites.  

Fall

  • BIOL 303 - Fundamental Genetics
  • CHEM 333 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 331L - Essentials to Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 322 - Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 322L - Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 360 - Undergraduate Seminar
  • PHYS 211 - Essentials of Physics I
  • PHYS 211L - Essentials of Physics I Laboratory 

TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  16 Hours

Spring

  • BIOL 302 - Cellular & Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 302L - Cellular & Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • CHEM 334 - Organic Chemistry II 
  • CHEM 332L - Essentials of Organic Chemistry Laboratory Il
  • MATH 241 - Vector Calculus 
  • PHYS 212 - Essentials of Physics II
  • PHYS 212L - Essentials of Physics II Laboratory

TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  15 Hours

Junior

During the third year students are continuing in the biochemistry curriculum and preparing to take graduate or pre-health profession entrance examinations.

Fall

  • CHEM 555 - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I 
  • CHEM 550L - Biochemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 541 - Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 541L - Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • GHS - Carolina Core group V- Historical Thinking
  • AIU - Carolina Core group VII- Aesthetics and Interpretive Understanding

TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  15 Hours

Spring

  • CHEM 545 - Physical Biochemistry
  • CHEM 556 - Biochemistry / Molecular Biology II 
  • GSS - Carolina Core group VI-Social Sciences 
  • CSCE 102 - Carolina Core group II-General Applications Programming 
  • CMS, INF, VSR - Carolina Core group VIII-Overlay 

TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  15 Hours

Senior

During the fourth year students are preparing for graduation and applying to graduate or pre-health profession programs.  Students may also be preparing to enter the workforce where they can use the skills they have developed through the biochemistry and molecular biology major.

Fall

  • BIOL/CHEM Elective (ex. CHEM 655 - Metabolic Biochemistry of Human Disease) 
  • BIOL Selective (BIOL 620, 425, 460, or 543)
  • BIOL 550 - Bacteriology
  • BIOL 550L - Bacteriology Laboratory 
  • AIU - Carolina Core group VII - Aesthetics and Interpretive Understanding
  • GHS - Carolina Core group V- Historical Thinking

TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  16-17 Hours

Spring

  • BIOL/CHEM Elective (ex. BIOL 610 - Hallmarks of Cancer) 
  • BIOL/CHEM Elective (ex. CHEM 659 - Special Topics in Biochemistry) 
  • STAT 201- Carolina Core group II-Statistics 
  • CMS, INF, VSR - Carolina Core group VIII-Overlay
  • GSS - Carolina Core group VI-Social Sciences

TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  15 Hours