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Biochemistry Major - Curriculum & Duration

The BS program in biochemistry at University of the Sciences will introduce you to the essentials of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics in your first two years. During the following two years, you will take advanced courses that integrate biology and chemistry and be able to select specialty electives to strengthen a particular area of interest or to gain the skills to utilize the tools needed to investigate or model complex biological phenomena, such as instrumental analysis or computer-aided drug design.

In addition, you will complete the General Education Curriculum, a collection of interdisciplinary, humanities and social sciences courses that enhance critical writing and speaking skills and add breadth to your educational experience.

The following is a typical curriculum for biochemistry students entering University of the Sciences in Fall 2020; other students should refer to their advisor for their curricula.

First Year

Introductory Biology I, II
Introductory Biology Lab I, II
Principles of Chemistry I, II
Principles of Chemistry Lab I, II
Orientation for the Chemical Sciences
Precalculus, Calculus I
Physical Education I, II
Writing and Rhetoric I, II

Second Year

Principles of Organic Chemistry I, II
Principles of Organic Chemistry Lab I, II
Literature of Chemistry
Basic Inorganic Chemistry
Calculus II
Calculus III or Introduction to Biostatistics
Physics I, II
Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement

Third Year

Discussions in Chemistry
Essentials of Physical Chemistry
Molecular Structure in Biochemistry
Principles of Analytical Chemistry
Analytical and Physical Methods Lab
Biochemistry Lab I, II
Intermediary Metabolic Biochemistry
Public Speaking
General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirement
Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement

Fourth Year

Human Molecular and Cellular Biology or Cell Biology
Seminar in Chemistry I, II
Physical Chemistry Lab I
Nucleic Acid Biochemistry
Biochemistry Program Electives
Free Elective
General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirements

Learning Outcomes

Each program at USciences has developed student learning goals. Graduates of the biochemistry program will achieve these learning outcomes.


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