Biochemistry, BA


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Course Delivery

On Campus, Online, Hybrid

Total Credits

120 Credits

About the Program

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biochemistry with the general option is designed for students who wish to major in biochemistry but require fewer credit hours in biochemistry than the BS in Biochemistry.

Focus of Study

The BA program is for those students who may be interested in a more general degree or for pre-professional students who will elect significant coursework from another department. Undergraduate students may go on to graduate school in the biochemical sciences by taking additional courses in biochemistry or related disciplines.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biochemistry requires the following:

  • A minimum of 52 credit hours of CHEM course work. At least 16 of those hours must be upper division (courses numbered 3000 or higher).
  • 17 additional hours of auxiliary course work.
  • A grade of C or better in all CHEM and auxiliary course work.
  • A minimum 2.0 GPA must be maintained in all CHEM course work.
  • No more than 60 credit hours of CHEM course work may apply to the bachelor’s degree.
  • Additional course work is required to complete the Biochemistry, BA degree. Please see the advising guide on the Academic Advising website for more information.

Specialization Track Options*

*Note that the requirements listed below are for the General option only. Please follow the above links for specialization track requirements.

Program Coursework

For details on program coursework, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Chemistry & Biochemistry Requirements

  • CHEM 1401: General Chemistry I, 4 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 1402: General Chemistry Laboratory I, 1 Credit Hour
  • CHEM 1511: General Chemistry for Majors II, 4 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 1513: General Chemistry Laboratory Majors II, 1 Credit Hour
    • CHEM 1511/1513 is recommended, but students may elect to take the non-majors courses, CHEM 1411/1412.
  • CHEM 2201: Introduction to Biochemical Principles, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 3101: Organic Chemistry I, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 3103: Organic Chemistry Lab for Biochemistry Majors I, 1 Credit Hour
  • CHEM 3111: Organic Chemistry II, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 3113: Organic Chemistry Lab for Biochemistry Majors II, 1 Credit Hour
    • Students may elect to take the sequence for chemistry majors, CHEM 3201/3203 and 3211/3213.
  • CHEM 4001: Analytical Chemistry, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 4002: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, 1 Credit Hour
  • CHEM 4221: Biochemistry I, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 4222: Biochemistry Laboratory, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 4231: Biochemistry II, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 4701: Biophysical Chemistry, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM 4921: Biochemistry Capstone, 3 Credit Hours
  • CHEM Electives: Up to 6 hours may be CHEM 4904/4905, 12 Credit Hours
    • CHEM 4904 Research: Upper Division and CHEM 4905 Internship are open to qualified students by arrangement with a faculty member. Students electing these courses will plan a research project with the faculty member prior to registration, and must submit a written report for each semester summarizing their research project.
Auxiliary Requirements
  • BIOL 1350: General Biology II: Introduction to the Cell, 3 Credit Hours
  • MATH 1330: Calculus for Life Science, 4 Credit Hours
  • PES 1110/1160: General Physics I and Lab, 5 Credit Hours
  • PES 1120/2160: General Physics II and Lab, 5 Credit Hours
LAS & Compass Requirements
  • GPS 1010: Gateway Program Seminar, 3 Credit Hours
  • ENGL 1310: Rhetoric & Writing I, 3 Credit Hours
  • ENGL 1410: Rhetoric & Writing II, 3 Credit Hours
  • HUM 3990: Special Topics in Humanities, 3 Credit Hours
  • Other LAS and Compass Requirements, 21 Credit Hours
  • General Electives, 18 Credit Hours
Total Credit Hours: 120 Credit Hours

Admission Details

To learn more about admission requirements and the application process, please visit the UCCS Admissions page.

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