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RICHARD L. CONOLLY COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

B.S. in Biochemistry

The B.S in Biochemistry focused on the important interface between biology and chemistry. The degree emphasizes advanced experimental and theoretical education in both the biological and chemical sciences, which serves as a foundation for a variety of career paths, including advanced training in biology, chemistry or biochemistry; molecular biology; research, industry, and medical school.

Biochemistry majors are encouraged to develop specific career objectives while pursuing undergraduate studies. Departmental advisers assist students in exploring career possibilities and in devising a personalized plan of study that will best prepare them for their career goals.

Biochemistry majors interested in Pre-Med can visit Pre-Professional Advisement




Major Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
Required Biochemistry Courses
(36 Major/24 Ancillary/8 Science Distribution)
(All of the following)
MTH 30 Pre-Calculus 4
MTH 40 Calculus I 4
MTH 101  Calculus II 4
BIO 1 General Biology 4
BIO 2 General Biology 4
CHM 3 General & Inorganic Chemistry 4
CHM 4 General & Inorganic Chemistry  4
PHY 31 General Physics 4
PHY 32 General Physics 4
CHM 113 Quantitative Analysis 4
CHM 121 Organic Chemistry
CHM 122 Organic Chemistry 4
CHM 135 Physical Chemistry I 4
BIC/BIO 128 The Basis of Cell Function 4
BIC/BIO/CHM 153 Biochemistry 4
BIC/BIO/CHM 154 Biochemistry
BIC/BIO 160 Molecular Biology 2
BIC/BIO 161 Introductory Molecular Biology
BIC 186  Senior Research  3
CHM 136 Physical Chemistry II 4
Electives:  Two of the Following
BIC/BIO 125 Physiology 4
BIC/BIO 126 Principles of Genetics 4
BIC 187 Senior Research 3

Course # Course Name Credits
Required Core Courses
English Composition
ENG 16/ ENG 16C English Composition 3
English Literature
Select one (1) course from the following:
ENG 61 European Literatures I 3
ENG 62 European Literatures II 3
ENG 63 American Literatures 3
ENG 64 Global Literatures 3
History
Select one (1) course from the following:
HIS 1 Perspectives in Pre-modern World History 3
HIS 2 Perspectives in Modern World History 3
Philosophy
PHI 60 Philosophical Explorations 3
Speech
SPE 3 Oral Communication 3
Mathematics
Select one (1) course from the following, unless major requirements list specific Math courses:
MTH 15 Math Tools and Their Use 4
MTH 16 Finite Mathematics 3
Science Lab-Based Course
Select one (1) course from the following:
BIO Biology 4
CHM Chemistry 4
PHY Physics 4
Foreign Language
Select one (1) course from the following:
SPA 11 Introductory Spanish I 3
SPA 12 Introductory Spanish II 3
ITL 11 Introductory Italian I 3
ITL 12 Introductory Italian II 3
FRE 11 Introductory French I 3
FRE 12 Introductory French II 3
Visual and Performing Arts
Select one (1) course from the following:
ART 61 Introduction to Visual Art 3
DNC 61 Dance Through Time 3
JOU 61 Journalism, Social Media, and You 3
MA 61 Media Arts and Technology 3
MUS 61 Music and Culture 3
THE 61 The Theatrical Vision 3
Social Sciences I
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3
Social Sciences II
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3

Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 36+8 Distribution+ 24 Ancillary Science
Total Elective Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits 17-18
Total Core Requirement Credits 34-35
Total Degree Credits 120

Core Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
English Composition
ENG 16/ ENG 16C English Composition 3
English Literature
Select one (1) course from the following:
ENG 61 European Literatures I 3
ENG 62 European Literatures II 3
ENG 63 American Literatures 3
ENG 64 Global Literatures 3
History
Select one (1) course from the following:
HIS 1 Perspectives in Pre-modern World History 3
HIS 2 Perspectives in Modern World History 3
Philosophy
PHI 60 Philosophical Explorations 3
Speech
SPE 3 Oral Communication 3
Mathematics
Select one (1) course from the following, unless major requirements list specific Math courses:
MTH 15 Math Tools and Their Use 4
MTH 16 Finite Mathematics 3
Science Lab-Based Course
Select one (1) course from the following:
BIO Biology 4
CHM Chemistry 4
PHY Physics 4
Foreign Language
Select one (1) course from the following:
SPA 11 Introductory Spanish I 3
SPA 12 Introductory Spanish II 3
ITL 11 Introductory Italian I 3
ITL 12 Introductory Italian II 3
FRE 11 Introductory French I 3
FRE 12 Introductory French II 3
Visual and Performing Arts
Select one (1) course from the following:
ART 61 Introduction to Visual Art 3
DNC 61 Dance Through Time 3
JOU 61 Journalism, Social Media, and You 3
MA 61 Media Arts and Technology 3
MUS 61 Music and Culture 3
THE 61 The Theatrical Vision 3
Social Sciences I
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3
Social Sciences II
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3