Dec 06, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Biochemistry (B.S.)


Program: B.S.
Department of Chemistry  
College of Science

Science Building 496 ~ 260-481-6289


The Bachelor of Science major program in biochemistry is an excellent choice for pursuing premedical, predental, and other preprofessional interests. With carefully chosen electives and possible opportunities for further education, this program allows you to combine chemistry with other fields of study in support of career paths such as biochemist, forensic chemist, biomedical or healthcare scientist, analytical chemist, pharmacologist, nutritionist or toxicologist, dentist, pharmacist, and medical doctor/physician.

For details on pursuing a secondary education second degree (BSEd) to teach Biochemistry in middle school/high school, click on the links to the Secondary Education - Second Degree  Program and the School of Education page in this catalog.  Note:  The BSEd as a second degree in these programs cannot be earned without completion of the bachelor’s degree in the content area from the College of Science.  See Program Requirements below for a link to the Secondary Education - Second Degree 4-Year Plan.


Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Acquisition of Knowledge

The student will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary for the biochemistry profession.

  • Application of Knowledge

The student will use their biochemistry knowledge to make sound decisions and solve problems in their discipline while demonstrating skills for life-long learning.

  • Personal and Professional Values

The student will exhibit high levels of personal integrity and professional ethics in their undergraduate careers.

  • A Sense of Community

The student will demonstrate the skills and knowledge needed to be responsible and productive in various community settings. 

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

The student will demonstrate critical thinking skills through both qualitative and quantitative problem solving.

  • Communication

         The student will demonstrate effective oral and written communication of biochemical principles.

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on-campus

Declaring this Major:

General Requirements:


To earn a B.S. with a major in Biochemistry, you must fulfill the following requirements in addition to the General Requirements noted above.

Program Requirements:


Biochemistry BS 4-Year Plan:  

  • A GPA of 2.00 or higher for all major department courses taken and all CHM courses numbered 300xx and above.

Biochemistry with Secondary Education 4-Year Plan:  

 

General Education Requirements: Credits 33


  • Click on the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements link above for details.
  • Some majors may require particular General Education courses as specified in their program description.  Up to six credits of approved General Education courses satisfying requirements in Areas A and B, and three credits satisfying requirements in Area C, may originate in the major.  A grade of C- or higher in each course, and an overall GPA of 2.0 is required to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements.

English Writing and Speaking: Credits 6


In addition to the General Education writing course (ENGL 13100) or equivalent), you are required to complete ENGL 23301 or an equivalent second writing course.  You are also required to complete COM 11400 or an equivalent oral communication course.  Courses meeting these requirements require a grade of C- or better.   Click on the PFW College of Science link above for more details.

Language: Credits 6


You must complete two courses at the first-year level in a single international language or in American Sign Language (or demonstrate equivalent proficiency).  Click on the PFW College of Science link above for more details.

Supporting Courses


Recommended Courses


Students interested in attending medical or dental school should take, at least, the following courses in addition to the B.S. Biochemistry degree requirements:

General Electives


  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120

Total Credits: 120


Student Responsibility


You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean. 

Additional Course Use


Courses listed below may also be considered in meeting specific degree requirements.

MA 15400 required, MA 15900 accepted

MA 22900 required, MA 16500 accepted

MA 23000 required, MA 16600 accepted

CHM 53300 required, CHM 43300 accepted

CHM 53800 required, CHM 43800 accepted

PHYS 22000 required, PHYS 21800 and PHYS 15200 accepted

PHYS 22100 required, PHYS 21900 and 25100 accepted