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Biochemistry (B.S.)

Students study cell structure in biochemistry

Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary science that studies the structure, composition and chemical reactions of substances in living systems.

The biochemistry major is valuable for students applying to medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy or graduate school by providing a multidisciplinary foundation in chemistry, biology and physics. This major also prepares students for work in pharmaceutical, agricultural chemical, biotechnology and consumer products industries.

A student who graduates from Thiel College with a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry will:

  • know how to conduct an internal or external research project.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the structures and functions of biological molecules and explain molecular pathways associated with cellular metabolism of the major classes of biochemical compounds.
  • possess scientific literacy and problem solving skills associated with the main branches of chemistry: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical.
  • be prepared for chemistry-related employment in the medical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology or related fields or biochemistry-related graduate or professional programs including medical, dental or veterinary schools.

Major Requirements

The B.S. degree in biochemistry requires all of the courses in Section A and D, one course in Section B and C and two courses in Section E.  It is expected that the course from Section B will have a biochemistry focus.

Section A

  • CHEM 140 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 160 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 200 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 240 Quantitative Analysis
  • CHEM 3XX Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 345 Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 348 Biochemistry II
  • CHEM 4XX Chemistry Capstone I
  • CHEM 4XX Chemistry Capstone II

Section B

  • CHEM 490 Problems in Chemistry
  • CHEM 495 Independent Study

Section C

  • CHEM 3XX Biophysical Chemistry
  • CHEM 3XX Biological Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 415 Biological Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 440 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry

Section D

  • MATH 181 Calculus I
  • PHYS 174 Introductory Physics I (calc-based)
  • PHYS 184 Introductory Physics II (calc-based)
  • BIO 145 Foundations of Biology

Section E

  • MATH 182 Calculus II
  • BIO 293 Cell Biology
  • BIO 294 Human Physiology
  • BIO 322  Genetics
  • BIO 343 Developmental Biology
  • BIO 284 Human Anatomy or BIO 282 Comparative Chordate Anatomy