Bachelor of Science in Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry

Computational chemistry and biochemistry is the application of computational methods to understand chemical and biochemical properties and processes. Majors in this program will learn chemical and molecular modeling and simulation, computational chemical biology, computational drug design, big data in chemistry and biochemistry, and computational methods for data analytics. Students will be prepared to advance in the rapidly growing fields of computational and data science, gaining a strong background in traditional chemistry areas combined with relevant and advanced skills in experimental and computational science. 

Required Courses

Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry Requirements (45)
CHEM 100Introduction to the Profession2
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
CHEM 343Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 344Physical Chemistry II4
CHEM 415Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 434Spectroscopic Methods in Identification and Analysis4
CHEM 452Cheminformatics3
CHEM 454Computational Quantum Chemistry3
CHEM 456Computational Biochemistry and Drug Design3
CHEM 485Chemistry Colloquium1
CHEM 495Seminar in Special Topics1
Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry Elective (3)
Select one course from the following:3
Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
Instrumental Analysis4
Advanced Chemistry Laboratory3
Advanced Organic Chemistry3
Medicinal Chemistry3
Statistics for Analytical Chemists3
Physical Biochemistry3
Chemical Bonding3
Biology Requirements (9)
BIOL 107General Biology Lectures3
or BIOL 115 Human Biology
BIOL 401Introductory Biochemistry3
BIOL 402Metabolic Biochemistry3
Mathematics Requirements (18)
MATH 151Calculus I5
MATH 152Calculus II5
MATH 251Multivariate and Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Differential Equations4
Physics Requirements (8)
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism4
Computer Science Requirement (9)
CS 105Introduction to Computer Programming2
or CS 110 Computing Principles
CS 201Accelerated Introduction to Computer Science4
CS 331Data Structures and Algorithms3
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements (21)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Free Electives (9)
Select nine credit hours 19
Total Credit Hours128
1

Suggested electives include: BIOL 550, CS 411, CS 422, CS 425, ITMD 521, ITMD 525, ITMD 527, ITMD 529, MATH 474, and PHYS 240.

 

Bachelor of Science in Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
CHEM 1244CHEM 1002
CS 105 or 1102CHEM 1254
MATH 1515MATH 1525
Humanities 200-level Course3PHYS 1234
 Social Sciences Elective3
 14 18
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
CHEM 2374CHEM 2393
BIOL 107 or 1153CHEM 2473
MATH 2514CS 2014
PHYS 2214MATH 2524
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3Humanities Elective (300+)3
 18 17
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
CHEM 3433BIOL 4013
CS 3313CHEM 3444
IPRO Elective I3CHEM 4344
Humanities Elective (300+)3CHEM 4851
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3Free Elective13
 15 15
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BIOL 4023CHEM 4523
CHEM 4153CHEM 4543
CHEM 4563CHEM 4951
IPRO Elective II3Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry Elective23
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3Free Elective13
 Free Elective13
 15 16
Total Credit Hours: 128
1

Suggested electives include: BIOL 550, CS 411, CS 422, CS 425ITMD 521, ITMD 525, ITMD 527, ITMD 529, MATH 474, and PHYS 240.

2

Choose from the following courses: CHEM 240, CHEM 321, CHEM 416, CHEM 455, CHEM 467CHEM 513, CHEM 538, or CHEM 550.