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Biochemistry, the “chemistry of life”, exists at the nexus of the physical and life sciences. Biochemists study the chemistry of physiology - how living things and their cells work in terms of their chemical components. In the process, they draw from a base of knowledge – and contribute to solving many challenges – in physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science.

The biochemistry major is part of a new program at BVU designed to prepare you for graduate studies in biochemistry itself, as well as some of the most interesting and pressing multi-disciplinary challenges for science in the 21st century.

Courses of study

Major in Biochemistry: 66 Credit hours

Mathematics and Physics: 12 credits

MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus
PHYS 211 General Physics I: Calculus-Based
PHYS 212 General Physics II: Calculus-Based

Biology: 19 credits

BIOL 163 Biological Principles I
BIOL 164 Biological Principles II

8 Credits (2 classes) from:

BIOL 260 Genetics
BIOL 305 Cell Biology
BIOL 380 Human Physiology
BIOL 390 Molecular Biology
3 Additional Biology credits in BIOL courses numbered between 201-399
(excluding 300-304)

Chemistry: 23 credits

CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II
CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 262 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 353 Physical Chemistry I

Biochemistry: 9 credits

BCHM 401 Introductory Biochemistry
BCHM 402 Biochemistry Laboratory
BCHM 403 Advanced Biochemistry
BCHM 498 Biochemistry Capstone

Research experience: 3 credits

BIOL200-300-400 Biology Research Experience or
CHEM 300 Chemistry Research or
BCHM 495 Internship

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