Biochemistry, B.S.

 Bison icon - General Education Course

 Mortarboard Icon - Milestone course: a key success marker for your major. See your advisor to discuss the importance of this course in your plan of study.

Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
MTH 229 Bison image Calculus/Analytic Geom I (CT)5
Critical Thinking Course3
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103 Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication3
MTH 229 Bison image Calculus/Analytic Geom I (CT)5
BSC 120 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology4
Core II Humanities3
Core II Social Science3
Core II Fine Arts3
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive (CHM 357 or CHM 358)3
Writing Intensive3
Multicultural or International3
CHM 491 Bison image Capstone Experience2
or CHM 490 Bison image Internship
Major-Specific
BSC 121 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology4
CHM 211 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chemistry I3
CHM 217 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab I2
CHM 212 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles Chemistry II3
CHM 218 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab II2
CHM 355Organic Chemistry I3
CHM 356Organic Chemistry II3
CHM 361 Cap graduation image Intro Organic Chm Lab3
CHM 305Research Methods Chem (WI)1
Select one of the following:4
Physical Chemistry: Thermo. (WI) 1
Physical Chemistry: Quantum (WI)
CHM 365Introductory Biochemistry3
CHM 366 Cap graduation image Intro Biochemistry Lab2
CHM 467Intermediate Biochemistry3
CHM 491 Bison image Capstone Experience (C)2
or CHM 490 Bison image Internship
CHM 432Chemistry Seminar0
BSC 322 Cap graduation image Principles Cell Biology4
BSC 324Principles of Genetics4
PHY 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image College Physics I3
PHY 202 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics I Laboratory1
PHY 203 Bison image College Physics II3
PHY 204 Bison image General Physics 2 Laboratory1
Biochemistry Electives
Select from the following courses. At least one course must be 4 credit hours, and at least one must be a CHM course. 10-12
Principles of Microbiology
Animal Physiology
Neuroscience
Microbial Genetics
Introductory Immunology
Molecular Biology
Intro to Analytical Chem
Physical Chemistry: Quantum
Physical Chemistry: Thermo.
Modern Instrument Methods
Adv Inorganic Chemistry I
Biological Mass Spectrometry
Adv Organic Chemistry I
Adv Organic Chemistry II
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3

Major Information

  • Students are required to know and track their degree requirements for graduation or for entrance to a professional school.
  • In addition to the Core General Education requirements, the College of Science requires 3 hours of Calculus, and 40 hours of upper level credit.
  • Coursework listed as “elective” may vary for each student. Students are encouraged to use elective hours toward a 2nd minor or toward prerequisites.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to select courses that meet two or more Core or College requirements. For example, a writing intensive literature course could satisfy the Core II Humanities requirement as well as the University writing intensive requirement.
  • Course offerings and course attributes are subject to change each semester. Please consult each semesters schedule of courses for availability and attributes.
  • Math is based on an ACT Mathematics score of 27 or higher. Students with an ACT Mathematics score less than 27 will be placed in the appropriate prerequisite mathematics and science courses. 
  • The BSC coursework provides a Biological Sciences minor.
  • A Grade Point Average of 2.0 is required
    1. overall,
    2. at MU,
    3. in all required Chemistry courses,
    4. in all Chemistry courses, and
    5. in all required Chemistry courses taken at MU.

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Four Year Plan

Students completing the Biochemistry major will be prepared for career opportunities in the biotechnology, forensics, environmental, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and medical fields. Students will also be well prepared for graduate-level study in biochemistry, biotechnology, and genetics and molecular biology. Additionally, Biochemistry is an excellent choice for students desiring to attend professional training in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law or Engineering.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
CHM 211 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 217 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab I 2
BSC 120 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology 4
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition 3
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
BSC 121 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology 4
CHM 212 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles Chemistry II 3
CHM 218 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab II 2
MTH 229 Bison image Calculus/Analytic Geom I (CT) 5
 Credit Hours14
Second Year
First Semester
Core I Critical Thinking 3
CHM 355 Organic Chemistry I 3
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
BSC 324 Principles of Genetics 4
CHM 356 Cap graduation image Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 361 Cap graduation image Intro Organic Chm Lab 3
CMM 103 Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
 Credit Hours16
Third Year
First Semester
BSC 322 Cap graduation image Principles Cell Biology 4
CHM 305 Research Methods Chem 1
CHM 365 Introductory Biochemistry 3
PHY 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image College Physics I 3
PHY 202 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics I Laboratory 1
Core II Social Science (MC/I) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
CHM 366 Cap graduation image Intro Biochemistry Lab 2
CHM 467 Intermediate Biochemistry 3
PHY 203 Bison image College Physics II 3
PHY 204 Bison image General Physics 2 Laboratory 1
Core II Humanities 3
Biochemistry Elective 3-4
 Credit Hours15-16
Fourth Year
First Semester
BSC 450 Molecular Biology 3
CHM 491 Bison image
or CHM 490 Bison image
Capstone Experience
or Internship
2
Writing Intensive 3
Biochemistry Elective (CHM Course) 3-4
Biochemistry Elective 3-4
 Credit Hours14-16
Second Semester
CHM 432 Chemistry Seminar 0
Biochemistry Elective 3-4
Select one of the following: 4
Physical Chemistry: Thermo. (WI)  
Physical Chemistry: Quantum (WI)  
Writing Intensive 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 2
 Credit Hours15-16
 Total Credit Hours120-124