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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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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