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.

Required Courses

Biology Requirements (34-35)
BIOL 100Intro to Profession2
BIOL 107General Biol Lecture3
BIOL 109General Biology Lab1
BIOL 115Human Biology3
BIOL 117Human Biology Lab1
BIOL 210Microbiology3
BIOL 214Genetics3
BIOL 401Introductory Biochemistry3
BIOL 402Metabolic Biochemistry3
BIOL 404Biochemistry Laboratory3
BIOL 445Cell Biology3
Select one course from the following:3
Animal Physiology Laboratory3
Cell Biology Laboratory3
Macromolecular Techniques3
BIOL 451Biological Literature2-3
or CHEM 451 Undergraduate Seminar
BIOL 495Biology Colloquium1
Chemistry Requirements (27-28)
CHEM 124Princ of Chemistry I with Lab4
CHEM 125Prin of Chemistry II w/Lab4
CHEM 237Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 239Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 240Organic Chemistry Lab2
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 & Health3
Introduction to Diff Equations4
Molecular Biophysics3
Any 300+ level BIOL or CHEM course
Physics Requirements (8)
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221Gen Physics II: Elect&Magntism4
Mathematics Requirements (17)
MATH 151Calculus I5
MATH 152Calculus II5
MATH 251Multivariate & Vector Calculus4
MATH 425Statistical Methods3
Computer Science Requirement (2)
CS 105Intro to Computer Programming2
or CS 110 Computing Principles
or CS 115 Object-Oriented Programming I
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, section E6
Humanities and Social Science Requirements (21)
See Illinois Tech 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
BIOL 4013BIOL 4023
BIOL 4043BIOL 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