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Biochemistry major

 

Advances in science can be dramatic, and in recent years understanding of the biochemistry of living organisms has exploded. For instance, the phenomenal advances in molecular genetics have opened doors to a wide range of biomedical and agricultural applications that were not imagined just a few decades ago.

At EMU, biochemistry majors get hands-on experience with biology and chemistry professors, researching and authoring and presenting papers in a rigorous program geared towards giving students a fundamental knowledge in the molecular basis of biological processes.

Students take coursework involving a combination of chemistry and biology courses, culminating in a three-semester advanced biochemistry series, and including extensive research laboratory experience.accredited by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Career Options

Medical and professional health careers are also an option with this degree. Our pre-professional health program is designed to help prepare you for a professional health degree.

The above data was drawn from ONet and is intended for informational purposes only.

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Curriculum

The major in biochemistry prepares students for graduate work in biochemistry or positions in the biotechnology industry.

  • BIOCH 376 Foundational Biochemistry - 3 
  • *BIOCH 398 Advanced Cell Biology - 3 
  • *BIOCH 438 Molecular Genetics - 3 
  • BIOCH 318 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Lab - 2 
  • CHEM 223 General Chemistry I - 4 
  • CHEM 224 General Chemistry II - 4 
  • CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry I - 4 
  • CHEM 316 Organic Chemistry II - 4 
  • *CHEM 325 Analytical Chemistry I   OR *CHEM 345 Analytical Chemistry II - 2 
  • *CHEM 405 Thermodynamics   OR *CHEM 406 Quantum Mechanics - 3  

Research requirement (2 SH)

Choose 2 SH from the following courses:

  • BIOL 255 Biology Research Seminar - 1 
  • BIOL 479 Independent Biology Research - 1-2 
  • BIOCH/CHEM 479 Biochemistry/Chemistry Research - 1-2  

Requirement may be satisfied by completing an NSF REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program (no credit hours received). Requirement may also be satisfied by internship or practicum style experiences.

Biology, Mathematics and Physics requirement (23-26 SH)

  • BIOL 173 Concepts in Biology: Unity and Diversity of Life - 4 
  • BIOL 174 Concepts in Biology Seminar I - 1 
  • BIOL 240 Molecular and Cellular Biology - 4 
  • BIOL 485 Faith Science and Ethics - 2 
  • *MATH 150 Elements of Calculus - 3    OR MATH 185 Calculus I - 4 
  • MATH 195 Calculus II - 4   OR STAT 220 Inferential Statistics - 2 
  • PHYS 252    and PHYS 253 University Physics I, lecture and laboratory    - 4
  • PHYS 262    and PHYS 263 University Physics II, lecture and laboratory    - 4
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