BS in Biochemistry
Degree Program Description
Biochemists are the locksmiths of life science. They use their imagination, ingenuity and understanding of the basics of living processes to unlock life’s mysteries. By unraveling the complexities of nature, they improve the quality of life. Biochemistry combines the tools of biology, chemistry and genetics to fight human disease, increase the production and quality of food, and protect the environment. The knowledge acquired through the program prepares students for careers in many areas, including Medicine, Biotechnology, Agriculture and Government.
Premedical Track Students interested in a medical career may choose from a variety of science-based majors. The most common choice of students is biochemistry because it is a collaborative program between CAFNR and the School of Medicine. The Biochemistry degree provides excellent preparation for the intellectual demands of the medical profession. This training includes, as part of the degree requirements, all of the science courses necessary for application to medical school or related professional fields. Many graduates of this program matriculate at medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy or optometry schools.
In Biotechnology, some of the nation’s largest and most respected private biotechnology companies, such as Bayer, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer, employ biochemists in a wide range of specialties, including molecular biology, genetics engineering, pharmaceutical development and microbiology. Many graduates have chosen to pursue Masters or Doctoral degrees at major research institutions across the country. Some have been selected for internships at National Institute of Health and others have earned National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Awards.
In Agriculture, biochemists find employment with agricultural industry companies such as Cargill, Bayer (Monsanto), and Novartis. They may work on projects to develop new varieties of crops that resist drought and insects, produce pharmaceutical compounds, or tolerate herbicide application.
In Government, state and federal agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Energy and the Missouri Department of Agriculture employ biochemists in many fields. They might research biological alternatives for reclaiming sites contaminated with radioactive material or search for ways to protect against food-borne pathogens.
Major Program Requirements
Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry are required to complete all University general education, University undergraduate requirements, and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|or CHEM 1320H||College Chemistry I - Honors|
|BIO_SC 1500||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory||5|
|or BIO_SC 1500H||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory Honors|
|MATH 1500||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I||5|
|or MATH 1500H||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I - Honors|
|AG_ED_LD 2220||Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources||3|
|or COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking|
Degree and Major Courses
|Major core requirements|
|BIOCHM 1090||Introduction to Biochemistry||3|
|BIOCHM 1094||Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory (Spring semester only)||2|
|BIOCHM 2480||Introduction to Macromolecular Structure and Function (Spring semester only)||2|
|BIOCHM 2484||Macromolecular Techniques Laboratory (Fall semester only)||2-3|
|or BIOCHM 2484HW||Macromolecular Techniques Laboratory - Honors/Writing Intensive|
|BIOCHM 4270||Biochemistry (I: First semester of two semester sequence)||3|
|BIOCHM 4272||Biochemistry (II: Continuation of BIOCHM 4270)||3|
|BIOCHM 4300||Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems (Fall semester only)||3|
|BIOCHM 4974W||Biochemistry Laboratory - Writing Intensive||5|
|BIOCHM 4970||Senior Capstone in Biochemistry (Capstone)||2|
|BIO_SC 2200||General Genetics||4|
|or AN_SCI 3213||Genetics of Agricultural Plants and Animals|
|or PLNT_S 3213||Genetics of Agricultural Plants and Animals|
|CHEM 1330||College Chemistry II||4|
|CHEM 2100||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 2110||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 2130||Organic Laboratory I (Concurrent with CHEM 2110)||2|
|MATH 1700||Calculus II||5|
|PHYSCS 1210||College Physics I||4-5|
|or PHYSCS 2750||University Physics I|
|PHYSCS 1220||College Physics II||4-5|
|or PHYSCS 2760||University Physics II|
|Advanced science *||9 or more|
Science courses that are not used to fulfill other major requirements. For an approved list of courses email email@example.com. 6 of the 9 credit hours must be 3000 level or above.
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|BIOCHM 1090||3||CHEM 1330||4|
|CHEM 1320||4||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|BIO_SC 1500||5||MATH 1500||5|
|RU_SOC 1000||3||BIOCHM 1094||2|
|Elective (Social or Behavioral Science)||3|
|CHEM 2100||3||CHEM 2110||3|
|BIO_SC 2200||4||CHEM 2130||2|
|BIOCHM 2484||2||BIOCHM 2480||2|
|MATH 1700||5||BIO_SC 2300||4|
|BIOCHM 4270||3||BIOCHM 4272||3|
|PHYSCS 1210||4||PHYSCS 1220||4|
|HIST 1100||3||AG_ED_LD 2220||3|
|Elective (Writing Intensive)||3||Advanced Science Elective (3000 level or above)||4|
|BIOCHM 4300||3||BIOCHM 4970||2|
|Advanced Science Elective (3000 level or above)||3||BIOCHM 4974W||5|
|Humanities Elective||3||Humanities Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
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