Biochemistry, BS

Biochemistry

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Course Delivery

On Campus, Online, Hybrid

Total Credits

120 Credits

About the Program

The BS in Biochemistry is designed for students wishing to pursue careers as professional biochemists or attend graduate school in biochemistry.


Focus of Study

In addition to the skills students gain in their laboratory courses, chemistry and biochemistry majors—BS majors in particular—should consider electing CHEM 4904 Research: Upper Division, or CHEM 4905 Internship at least once during their academic career. Research provides a different kind of experience than traditional laboratory courses. Students must do sufficient planning to carry out experiments, and regular communication with their research supervisor is a necessary component of the research experience.


Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biochemistry requires the following:

  • A minimum of 58 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.

Program Coursework

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

Biochemistry Core Courses

  • CHEM 1401 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1402 - General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 1511 - General Chemistry for Majors II
  • CHEM 1513 - General Chemistry Laboratory for Majors II
    • Note: CHEM 1511/1513 is recommended, but students may elect to take the non-majors courses, CHEM 1411/1412.
  • CHEM 2201 - Introduction to Biochemical Principles
  • CHEM 3101 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 3103 - Organic Chemistry Lab for Biochemistry Majors I
  • CHEM 3111 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 3113 - Organic Chemistry Lab for Biochemistry Majors II
    • Note: Students may elect to take the sequence for chemistry majors, CHEM 3201/3203 and 3211/3213.
  • CHEM 4001 - Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 4002 - Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 4221 - Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 4222 - Biochemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 4231 - Biochemistry II
  • CHEM 4232 - Advanced Techniques in Biochemistry or CHEM 4502 - Bioanalytical Techniques
  • CHEM 4261 - Advanced Biochemistry
  • CHEM 4701 - Biophysical Chemistry
  • CHEM 4921 - Biochemistry Capstone
Biochemistry Electives

Complete 12 hours of upper-division (3000 + level) Chemistry Electives. Up to 6 hours may be from CHEM 4904 or 4905.

  • CHEM 4904 - Research: Upper Division
  • CHEM 4905 - Internship: Undergraduate
Auxiliary Required Courses
  • BIOL 1350 - General Biology: Introduction to the Cell
  • MATH 1330 - Calculus for Life Sciences
  • PES 1110 - General Physics I - Calculus Based
  • PES 1160 - Advanced Physics Lab I - Calc Based
  • PES 1120 - General Physics II
  • PES 2160 - Advanced Physics Lab II

LAS & Compass Requirements

  • GPS 1010: Gateway Program Seminar
  • ENGL 1310: Rhetoric & Writing I
  • ENGL 1410: Rhetoric & Writing II
  • HUM 3990: Special Topics in Humanities
  • Other LAS and Compass Requirements (15 Credit Hours)
  • General Electives (18 Credit Hours)

Admission Details

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

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