Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics

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Why should a biologist know about physics and chemistry? Why should physicists and chemists know about biology? Just ask some of Illinois Institute of Technology’s faculty who are using x-ray synchrotron radiation science to study proteins and their molecular structures. This research may lead to the important advances in understanding the causes of a number of diseases.

Molecular biochemistry and biophysics (MBB) is an interdisciplinary major, combining studies in biology, chemistry, and physics. Its objectives are to give students solid training in the areas of modern cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry while also providing a strong background in mathematics and the physical sciences. In this way the MBB degree will provide each student with the skills needed to succeed as a professional in biology as the field becomes increasingly dependent on new technologies.

Through this curriculum, students will discover the essential building blocks of life, how they fit together, how they work, and the physical methods for exploring them. With its quantitative emphasis encompassing all the sciences, this program is a great way to prepare for careers in medicine or medical research. It is also one of the majors that is part of the honors medical programs with Rush University.

Required Courses

Biology Requirements (40)
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 225Microbiology Laboratory2
BIOL 401Introductory Biochemistry3
BIOL 402Metabolic Biochemistry3
BIOL 404Biochemistry Laboratory3
BIOL 430Human Physiology3
BIOL 431Animal Physiology Laboratory3
or BIOL 446 Cell Biology Laboratory
or BIOL 491 Biology Research Project
BIOL 445Cell Biology3
BIOL 451Biological Literature2
BIOL 495Biology Colloquium1
BIOL 495Biology Colloquium1
Chemistry Requirements (24-26)
CHEM 124Principles of Chemistry I with Laboratory4
CHEM 125Principles of Chemistry II with Laboratory4
CHEM 237Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 239Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 247Analytical Chemistry3-4
or PHYS 300 Instrumentation Laboratory
CHEM 343Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 344Physical Chemistry II3-4
or PHYS 348 Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Physics Requirements (15)
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS 223General Physics III4
PHYS 410Molecular Biophysics3
Mathematics Requirements (20-21)
MATH 151Calculus I5
MATH 152Calculus II5
MATH 251Multivariate and Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Differential Equations3-4
or PHYS 240 Computational Science
MATH 425Statistical Methods3
Computer Science Requirement (2)
CS 104Introduction to Computer Programming for Engineers2
or CS 105 Introduction to Computer Programming
or CS 110 Computing Principles
or CS 115 Object-Oriented Programming I
Humanities and Social Science Requirements (21)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Interprofessional Projects (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Total Credit Hours128-131

Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics 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
PHYS 1234PHYS 2214
CHEM 2374CHEM 2393
BIOL 2143BIOL 2103
MATH 2514BIOL 2252
CS 104, 105, 110, or 1152IPRO Elective I3
 Social Sciences Elective3
 17 18
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BIOL 4453BIOL 4303
PHYS 2234PHYS 240 or MATH 2523-4
CHEM 247 or PHYS 3003-4PHYS 348 or CHEM 3443-4
CHEM 3433Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3Humanities Elective (300+)3
 16-17 15-17
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BIOL 4013BIOL 4023
BIOL 4043BIOL 4512
PHYS 4103BIOL 4951
BIOL 431, 446, or 4913MATH 4253
BIOL 4951IPRO Elective II3
Humanities Elective (300+)3Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 16 15
Total Credit Hours: 128-131