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Student pursuing a Biochemistry degree at Curry College conducts an experiment in the labExperience life through a scientific lens and earn your Biochemistry degree at Curry College to launch a career in scientific research, prepare for graduate or medical school, or pursue one of dozens of career paths exploring our natural world.

The B.S. in Biochemistry degree program at Curry College prepares students for careers in:

  • Chemical and Biological Sciences
  • Biochemical and Biomedical Research
  • Medical Sciences

Course Requirements and Information

Requirements in Related Areas:

CHEM 1010, 1110 Introductory Chemistry I + Lab 4
CHEM 1020, 1120 Introductory Chemistry II + Lab 4
BIOL 1055 Introduction to Organisms 4
BIOL 1065 Introduction to Molecules and Cells 4
PHYS 2010 Physics I 4
PHYS 2020 Physics II 4
MATH 2130 Calculus I 3
MATH 2140 Calculus II 3
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Requirements in Biochemistry:

CHEM 2510, 2610 Organic Chemistry I + Lab 4
CHEM 2520, 2620 Organic Chemistry II + Lab 4
BIOL 2015 Microbiology for Science Majors 4
BIOL 2100 Genetics (includes lab) 4
BIOL 3030 Cell Biology (includes lab) 4
CHEM 3570, 3670 Biochemistry I, with Laboratory 4
CHEM 3580, 3680 Biochemistry II, with Laboratory 4
CHEM 2710, 2810 Physical Chemistry, with Laboratory 4
CHEM 2910 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 2030, 2130 Analytical Chemistry, with Laboratory 4
BIOL 3075 Advanced Physiology (includes lab) 4
CHEM 3800 Biochemistry, Special Topics 3
CHEM 3900 Biochemistry Seminar (3cr- 1cr per semester) 3
CHEM 4010 Biochemistry Independent Research I 3
CHEM 4010 Biochemistry Independent Research II 3
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Biochemistry Elective

CHEM 2900 Independent Research 1-2

Program General Goals:

The general goals of the Biochemistry major are to:

  • Provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the chemistry of living organisms and experimental techniques required to determine structures and functions of biological molecules.
  • Provide a curriculum that meets the standards set by ACS (American Chemical Society).
  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills to meet the demands of the biotechnology/research industries or related fields after graduation.
  • Prepare students for admittance and success in graduate and health professional schools.
  • Develop an awareness of current and ethical issues in the discipline.
  • Prepare students to be skilled in the proper procedures and practices for safe handling and the use of chemicals.

Program Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of the core concepts of biology and chemistry (as defined by ACS, ASBMB, and
    AAAS)*. These core concepts are:
    1. Structure & Function
    2. Reactions & Structural Transformations
    3. Energy
    4. Regulation & Homeostasis
    5. Information Storage & Transfer

  2. Apply quantitative reasoning and critical thinking to problems and experiments.
  3. Communicate original research, research within the chemistry and biochemistry fields, and current issues within the
    fields in both written and oral formats.
  4. Design and carry out chemical and/or biochemical research utilizing appropriate techniques and instrumentation and
    proper safety procedures.

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