Mar 03, 2024
- Program Prerequisite: Students are eligible for admission to the Biochemistry (BS) Program upon completion of the requirements for the Chemical Technician (AAS) degree, the requirements of which are a subset of the Biochemistry (BS) requirements.
- Minor: Not required.
- Grade Requirements: Average GPA of 2.00 or better in courses within the major.
- Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 120 credit hours are required for graduation. A minimum of 56 credit hours of chemistry and chemistry related course work are required with a further 18 credits in required cognate courses outside of chemistry. A total of 40 upper division credit hours (in courses numbered 3000 and above) are required for all Biochemistry majors to fulfill University graduation requirements; 36 upper division credit hours are earned while completing the Biochemistry program requirements.
- Program Code: 6036BS
- CIPC: 260202
All Biochemistry majors should meet with their assigned faculty advisor at least annually for course and program advisement. Initial advisement is with the Chemistry Department Chair. Call 801-626-6952 for information and to arrange an appointment.
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Declare your program of study (see Enrollment Services and Information). Students are eligible for admission to the Biochemistry (BS) program upon completion of the requirements for the Chemical Technician (AAS) degree, the requirements of which are a subset of the in Biochemistry (BS) requirements.
General Education Requirements
Refer to Degree Requirements for Bachelor of Science requirements. The following courses required for the Biochemistry major also satisfy general education requirements for the physical sciences: CHEM 1210 and PHYS 2210 or PHYS 2010.
Biochemistry-ACS Certified (BS)
Students applying for the Biochemistry Major will first complete the requirements for the Chemical Technician AAS. Courses for the AAS are included here for completeness.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Problem-solving skills. Chemistry majors should be competent problem-solvers. They should be able to identify the essential parts of a problem and formulate a strategy for solving the problem. They should be able to estimate the solution to a problem, apply appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, test the correctness of their solution, interpret their result and connect it to related areas of chemistry.
- Laboratory skills. Chemistry majors should be competent experimentalists. They should be able to design and set up an experiment, collect and analyze data, identify sources of error, interpret their result and connect it to related areas of chemistry.
- Presentation skills. Chemistry majors should be able to express (orally and in writing) their understanding of core chemical principles, the results of experiments, the analysis of problems and their conclusions.
- Computer skills. Chemistry majors should be competent users of basic software, such as word processing, spreadsheet, and graphing programs. Strong presentation and organizing skills are complimented with computer knowledge in graphing and spreadsheets.
Required Introductory and Foundation Courses (32 credit hours)
The following are introductory and foundation level courses that are required for the Biochemistry major.
Elective In-Depth Courses (select at least 8 credit hours)
Students will complete 8 hours of elective credits from the list below including courses from the chemistry, botany, microbiology or zoology departments. At least two hours of CHEM Laboratory are required. One hour of laboratory credit is embedded in most in-depth CHEM courses. Please consult the course description for more details.
Required Cognate Courses (18 credit hours)
Students must complete a minimum of two semesters of calculus and two semesters of physics with laboratory.