Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

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The degree program in biochemistry is intended to prepare students for entrance into post-baccalaureate programs in the health professions or the basic sciences. Biochemistry is becoming an increasingly popular career path for many scientists as the basic scientific fields of chemistry and biology intertwine. The program in biochemistry will offer students a strong foundation in both the biological and chemical sciences with opportunities to construct their degree program to best suit their interests.

Required Courses

Biology Requirements (25-26)
BIOL 100Introduction to the Profession2
BIOL 107General Biology Lectures3
BIOL 109General Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 115Human Biology3
BIOL 117Human Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 210Microbiology3
BIOL 214Genetics3
BIOL 431Animal Physiology Laboratory3
or BIOL 446 Cell Biology Laboratory
or BIOL 491 Biology Research Project
BIOL 445Cell Biology3
BIOL 451Biological Literature2-3
or CHEM 451 Undergraduate Seminar
BIOL 495Biology Colloquium1
Chemistry Requirements (28)
CHEM 124Principles of Chemistry I with Laboratory4
CHEM 125Principles of Chemistry II with Laboratory4
CHEM 237Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 239Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 240Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 247Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 343Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 344Physical Chemistry II4
CHEM 485Chemistry Colloquium1
Biochemistry Requirements (9)
BIOL 401Introductory Biochemistry3
BIOL 402Metabolic Biochemistry3
BIOL 404Biochemistry Laboratory3
Technical Electives (11-12)
Select 11-12 credit hours11-12
Physics Requirements (8)
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism4
Mathematics Requirements (17)
MATH 151Calculus I5
MATH 152Calculus II5
MATH 251Multivariate and Vector Calculus4
MATH 425Statistical Methods3
Computer Science Requirement (2)
CS 105Introduction to Computer Programming2
or CS 110 Computing Principles
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Humanities and Social Science Requirements (21)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Total Credit Hours127-129

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BIOL 1002BIOL 1153
BIOL 1073BIOL 1171
BIOL 1091CHEM 1254
CHEM 1244MATH 1525
MATH 1515Humanities 200-level Course3
 15 16
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BIOL 2143BIOL 2103
CHEM 2374CHEM 2393
PHYS 1234CHEM 2402
MATH 2514PHYS 2214
CS 105 or 1102Social Sciences Elective3
 17 15
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
CHEM 3433CHEM 3444
BIOL 4453CHEM 4851
CHEM 2473MATH 4253
Technical Elective3IPRO Elective I3
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3Technical Elective3
 Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 15 17
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BIOL 4013BIOL 4023
BIOL 4043IPRO Elective II3
BIOL 431, 446, or 4913Technical Elective2-3
BIOL 451 or CHEM 4512-3Technical Elective3
BIOL 4951Humanities Elective (300+)3
Humanities Elective (300+)3Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 15-16 17-18
Total Credit Hours: 127-129