Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

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.

Required Courses

Biology Requirements (34-35)
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 401Introductory Biochemistry3
BIOL 402Metabolic Biochemistry3
BIOL 445Cell Biology3
Select two courses from the following:6
Biochemistry Laboratory3
Animal Physiology Laboratory3
Cell Biology Laboratory3
BIOL 451Biological Literature2-3
or CHEM 451 Undergraduate Seminar
BIOL 495Biology Colloquium1
Chemistry Requirements (27-28)
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 II3-4
or CHEM 438 Physical Biochemistry
CHEM 485Chemistry Colloquium1
Biochemistry Technical Electives (11)
Select 11 credit hours from the following courses:11
Microbiology Laboratory2
Nutrition, Metabolism, and Health3
Introduction to Differential Equations4
Molecular Biophysics3
Any 300+ level BIOL or CHEM course
3
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
or CS 115 Object-Oriented Programming I
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 Hours126-128
 

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, 110, or 1152Social Sciences Elective3
 17 15
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
Biology Laboratory Elective13CHEM 344 or 4383-4
BIOL 4453MATH 4253
CHEM 2473Biochemistry Technical Elective23
CHEM 3433IPRO Elective I3
CHEM 4851Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3 
 16 15-16
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
Biology Laboratory Elective13BIOL 4023
BIOL 4013BIOL 4512
BIOL 4951Biochemistry Technical Elective22-3
Biochemistry Technical Elective23Biochemistry Technical Elective23
IPRO Elective II3Humanities Elective (300+)3
Humanities Elective (300+)3Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 16 16-17
Total Credit Hours: 126-128
1

Select from the following courses: BIOL 404, BIOL 431, or BIOL 446.

2

Select from the following courses: BIOL 225, FDSN 401, MATH 252, PHYS 410, or any 300+ level BIOL or CHEM course.