Bachelor of Science in Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry

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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 100Intro to the Profession2
CHEM 124Princ of Chemistry I with Lab4
CHEM 125Prin of Chemistry II w/Lab4
CHEM 237Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 239Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 247Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 343Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 344Physical Chemistry II4
CHEM 415Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 434Spec Methods in Id and Analys4
CHEM 452Cheminformatics3
CHEM 454Computational Quantum Chem3
CHEM 456Computational Biochem/Drug Des3
CHEM 485Chemistry Colloquium1
CHEM 495Seminar in Special Topics1
Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry Elective (3)
Select one course from the following:3
Organic Chemistry Lab2
Instrumental Analysis4
Advanced Chemistry Lab3
Advanced Organic Chemistry3
Medicinal Chemistry3
Chemometrics & Statistics3
Physical Biochemistry3
Chemical Bonding3
Biology Requirements (9)
BIOL 107General Biol Lecture3
or BIOL 115 Human Biology
BIOL 401Introductory Biochemistry3
BIOL 402Metabolic Biochemistry3
Mathematics Requirements (18)
MATH 151Calculus I5
MATH 152Calculus II5
MATH 251Multivariate & Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Diff Equations4
Physics Requirements (8)
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221Gen Physics II: Elect&Magntism4
Computer Science Requirement (9)
CS 105Intro to Computer Programming2
or CS 110 Computing Principles
CS 201Accelerated Intro to Cmptr Sci4
CS 331Data Structures and Algorithms3
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements (21)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, section E6
Free Electives (9)
Select nine credit hours 19
Total Credit Hours128

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