Biochemistry Minor

The minor in biochemistry provides you with a sufficient concentration of chemistry and biology courses to be able to understand a wide range of biochemical phenomena and appreciate the underlying chemistry responsible for the behavior of living systems.

Coursework & Duration

Prerequisites

Course Number Course Name Credits

CH 101/CH 102
or
CH 111/CH 112

General Chemistry I and II
or
Principles of Chemistry I and II
3 credits each
CH 103/CH 104
or
CH 113/CH 114
General Chemistry Laboratory I and II
or
Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I and II  
1 credit each
MA 107 and MA 110  Precalculus and General Calculus 
Note: MA 122 - Calculus I may be substituted for MA 110
3 credits each

PY 201/PY 202
or
PY 211/PY 212

Introductory Physics I and II
or
Physics I and II
4 credits each 

Required Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS 461
or
BS 466

Cell Biology
or
Genetics

4 credits each
CH 201/CH 202
or
CH 211/CH 212

Organic Chemistry I and II
or
Principles of Organic Chemistry I and II 

3 credits each
CH 203/CH 204
or
CH 213/CH 214
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and II
or
Principles of Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and II 
1 credit each
CH 341
or
CH 346
Molecular Structure in Biochemistry
or 
Biochemistry
3 credits
4 credits 
CH 342
or
CH 343
or
CH 356
Nucleic Acid Biochemistry
or
Intermediary Metabolic Biochemistry
or
Molecular Biology and Genetics
3 credits (See note “a” below)
3 credits
3 credits
CH 444 Biochemistry Laboratory I 1 credit

Elective Courses

Enough additional credits from the following courses to meet the 12-credit “outside the major” requirement in the General Requirements below. Other electives as approved by the department chair.

Course Number Course Name Credits
BI 450 Bioinformatics I 3 credits
BI 475 Proteomics 3 credits

BS 461
or
BS 466

Cell Biology
or
Genetics
4 credits each

CH 320
or
CH 321

Essentials of Physical Chemistry
or
Physical Chemistry I
4 credits each
CH 342
or
CH 343
Nucleic Acid Biochemistry
or
Intermediary Metabolic Biochemistry
3 credits each
CH 361
or
CH 366
Analytical Chemistry
or
Principles of Analytical Chemistry
3 credits each
CH 363 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 1 credit
CH 411 Medicinal Chemistry 3 credits
CH 414 Structure/Activity Relationships (SAR) 3 credits
CH 445 Biochemistry Laboratory II 1 credit
CH 448 Computer-Aided Drug Design 3 credits
CH 450 Undergraduate Research 1-3 credits

Notes:
Students who take the CH 346/CH 356 sequence may not apply CH 341, CH 342, or CH 343 as electives toward the minor. CH 342 has CH 341 and BS 446 as prerequisites. BS 466 has CH 341 or CH 346 as prerequisites. BI 450 has CH 341 as a prerequisite. BI 450 is a prerequisite for BI 475. MA 221 is a prerequisite for CH 320 and CH 321. CH 411 and CH 448 have CH 341 as a prerequisite. A maximum of 3 credits of CH 450 can be used to satisfy the elective requirement.

Requirements & Expectations

Not counting prerequisites, a minimum of 20 credits, including 19 credits of required courses and at least 1 credit of elective courses, is required for the biochemistry minor.

Interested students should apply to the minor program early in their academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of their last year of didactic work.

General Requirements for all minors at USciences

  • A minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum.
  • Up to 6 credits of coursework, with an earned grade of “C” or better, taken at another accredited institution, may be applied to the course requirements of the minor upon prior approval of the department chair.

Contact:

Voki Pophristic, PhD, Department Chair

Office Location:

Griffith Hall, Room 140A

Address:

University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-8551

Email:

v.pophri@usciences.edu