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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Biochemistry & Molecular Biology - Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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, a major in biochemistry and molecular biology will give you the tools you need to get wherever you want to go.

The major maps show all the program requirements.  This is a typical program of study and may differ from the actual program a student follows.   

 Year One

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.

Semester One
  • ENGL 101 Critical Reading and Composition
  • MATH 141 Calculus 1
  • BIOL 101 Biological Principles 101
  • BIOL 101L Biological Principles I Lab
  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 111L General Chemistry Lab
  • Foreign language or other Carolina Core Requirement   

 TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  18-19 Hours

Semester Two
  • ENGL 102 Rhetoric and Composition
  • MATH 142 Calculus II 
  • BIOL 102  Biological Principles II 
  • BIOL 102L Biological Principles II Lab
  • CHEM 112 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 112L - General Chemistry II Lab
  • Foreign Language or other Carolina Core Requirement

TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  18 Hours

Year Two

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.

Semester Three
  • CHEM 333 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 331L Essentials of Organic Chem. Lab I
  • CHEM 322 Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 322L Analytical Chemistry Lab
  • PHYS 211 Essentials of Physics I
  • PHYS 211L Essentials of Physics I Lab
  • Foreign Language or other Carolina Core Requirement

TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  15 Hours

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

TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  15 Hours

Year Three

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

Semester Five
  • CHEM 555 Biochem./Molecular Biology I (cross-listed BIOL 545)
  • CHEM 550L Biochemistry Lab (cross-listed BIOL 541L)
  • CHEM 541 Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 541L Physical Chemistry Lab
  • BIOL 303 Fundamental Genetics
  • Non-US History

TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  15 Hours

Semester Six
  • CHEM 545 Physical Biochemistry
  • CHEM 556 Biochem./Molecular Biology II (cross-listed BIOL 546)
  • STAT 201 Elementary Statistics
  • Social Science
  • Carolina Core Requirement 

TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  15 Hours

Year Four

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.

Semester
  • BIOL 550 Bacteriology
  • BIOL 550L Bacteriology Lab
  • BIOL 425 Plant Form and Functions or BIOL 460 General Physiology or BIOL 543 Comparative Physiology or BIOL 620 Immunobiology
  • BIOL/CHEM Elective (400-600 level)
  • Humanities or Fine Arts
  • Carolina Core Requirement

TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  16 Hours

Semester Eight
  • BIOL/CHEM Elective (400-600 level)
  • CSCE 102 General Applications Programming
  • Carolina Core Requirement or Approved Elective
  • Carolina Core Requirement or Approved Elective
  • Carolina Core Requirement or Approved Elective

TOTAL HOURS FOR SEMESTER:  16 Hours

 

Graduation Requirements Summary

Minimum Total Hours Minimum Major Requirement Hours College & Program Requirement Hours Carolina Core Hours Minimum Institutional GPA
128 63 19-31 34-46 2.000