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THE BIOCHEMISTRY MAJOR

The biochemistry major is designed to provide broad training in the fundamentals of the physical and biological sciences for students whose interests lie in areas where chemistry and biology overlap. Students who complete this major will have a solid preparation for graduate study in biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, toxicology, neuroscience, behavioral sciences, nutrition, food science and related agricultural sciences as well as professional studies in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and other health-related post-baccalaureate programs. Program requirements of the biochemistry major are:

  1. Completion of the required courses (33 credits of chemistry and the external requirement of 8 credits of calculus and 8 credits of physics)

  2. Completion of CHM467 Biochemistry I, CHM468 Biochemistry II and CHM470 Biochemistry Laboratory (7 credits).

  3. Completion of 19 credits in cellular and molecular biology:

  4. BIO201 Biology I
    BIO301 Cell Biology
    BIO415 Molecular Biology

    BIO202 Biology II
    BIO302 Genetics

All students who plan to complete the biochemistry major should arrange their programs for the freshman and sophomore years according to the curriculum pattern given below. This curriculum pattern includes all prerequisite courses to the upper level biology and chemistry courses which the student will be required to take, or may contemplate taking, as electives in the last two years of his/her program. If this curriculum pattern is completed successfully in the first two years, the student will have maximal flexibility in revising or adapting his/her program as career plans and personal goals become more definite.

A. Program for Freshman and Sophomore Years

Freshman Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM205 College Chemistry I
MTH201 Calculus I
BIO201 Biology I
ENL112 Freshman Composition
GEP100 Academic Planning Seminar
GEP150 Computer Skills

4
4
4
3
1
1

CHM206 College Chemistry II
MTH202 Calculus II
BIO201 Biology II
General Education Breadth Elective

4
4
4
3
Semester Total
17
Semester Total
15

Sophomore Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM301 Chemical Safety I
CHM305 Organic Chemistry I
BIO302 Genetics
PHS235 College Physics I (or PHS205)
General Education Breadth Elective

1
4
4
4
3

CHM303 Analytical Chemistry I
CHM306 Organic Chemistry II
BIO301 Cell Biology
PHS240 College Physics II (or PHS210)

4
4
4
4
Semester Total
16
Semester Total
16

After the first two years, three basic options are suggested for completion of the biochemistry major. These options are described below:

B. Program for Junior and Senior Years, Option I:

This option provides students who plan to take additional electives in the sciences the greatest flexibility of choice, since virtually all prerequisite courses are completed by the end of the junior year.

Junior Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM405 Physical Chemistry I
CHM408 Physical Chemistry Lab I
CHM467 Biochemistry I
CHM470 Biochemistry Lab
BIO302 Genetics
General Education Breadth Elective

3
1
3
1
4
3

CHM406 Physical Chemistry II
CHM409 Physical Chemistry Lab II
CHM468 Biochemistry II
BIO301 Cell Biology
General Education Breadth Elective
Elective

3
1
3
4
3
3
Semester Total
15
Semester Total
17

Senior Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM400 Chemistry Seminar I
BIO415 Molecular Biology
Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective

1
3
3
3
3
3

CHM401 Chemistry Seminar II
Contemporary Issues
Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective

1
3
3
3
3
3
Semester Total
16
Semester Total
16

C. Program for Junior and Senior Years, Option II:

This option provides students who plan to take electives mainly outside of the sciences the opportunity to distribute those electives, as well as their upper level science courses, evenly throughout the last two undergraduate years.

Junior Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM467 Biochemistry I
CHM470 Biochemistry Lab
BIO302 Genetics
General Education Breadth Elective
Elective

3
1
4
3
3

CHM468 Biochemistry II
BIO301 Cell Biology
General Education Breadth Elective
Elective
Elective

3
4
3
3
3
Semester Total
14
Semester Total
16

Senior Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM400 Chemistry Seminar I
CHM405 Physical Chemistry I
CHM408 Physical Chemistry Lab
BIO415 Molecular Biology
Elective
Elective
Elective

1
3
1
3
3
3
3

CHM401 Chemistry Seminar II
CHM406 Physical Chemistry II
CHM409 Physical Chemistry Lab II
Contemporary Issues
Elective
Elective
Elective

1
3
1
3
3
3
3
Semester Total
17
Semester Total
17

Once the junior year of this option is begun, the student cannot adapt his program to an ACS certified program without spending at least one additional semester at Brockport.

D. Program for Junior and Senior Years, Option III:

This option contains all requirements for American Chemical Society certification. Students who plan to enter industrial positions following graduation should choose this program. It is also the strongest program option for students who plan to enter graduate school in chemistry or biochemistry.

Junior Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM405 Physical Chemistry I
CHM408 Physical Chemistry Lab I
CHM467 Biochemistry I
CHM470 Biochemistry Lab
BIO302 Genetics
General Education Breadth Elective

3
1
3
1
4
3

CHM406 Physical Chemistry II
CHM409 Physical Chemistry Lab II
BIO301 Cell Biology
General Education Breadth Elective
General Education Breadth Elective

3
1
4
3
3
Semester Total
15
Semester Total
14

Senior Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM400 Chemistry Seminar I
CHM414 Instrumental Methods
CHM416 Instrumental Methods Lab
Contemporary Issues
BIO415 Molecular Biology
Elective
Elective

1
3
1
3
3
3
3

CHM401 Chemistry Seminar II
CHM341 Advanced Organic Lab I
CHM431 Inorganic Chemistry
CHM432 Inorganic Chemistry Lab
Elective
Elective
Elective

1
1
3
1
3
3
3
Semester Total
17
Semester Total
15

E. Program for a Biology/Chemistry Double Major

The Biochemistry Major program may be extended rather easily to satisfy the requirements for a major in Biological Sciences as well. The resulting double-major program would represent an excellent preparation for graduate studies in medicine, biochemistry, or the cellular and molecular areas of biology.

The academic program given below represents just one of many ways in which the biology/chemistry double major program may be constructed. If you are considering a double major, consult with the Department of Chemistry majors' advisor to see how your own program may be adapted to meet your needs.

Freshman Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM205 College Chemistry I
MTH201 Calculus I
ENL112 Freshman Composition
GEP100 Academic Planning Seminar
GEP150 Computer Skills
General Education Breadth Elective

4
3
3
1
1
3

CHM206 College Chemistry II
MTH202 Calculus II
BIO201 Biology I
FLT111 Foreign Language
General Education Breadth Elective

4
3
4
3
3
Semester Total
15
Semester Total
17

Sophomore Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM301 Chemical Safety I
CHM305 Organic Chemistry I
MTH203 Calculus III
BIO202 Biology II
General Education Breadth Elective

1
4
3
4
3

CHM303 Analytical Chemistry I
CHM306 Organic Chemistry II
BIO301 Cell Biology
General Education Breadth Elective

4
4
4
3
Semester Total
15
Semester Total
15

Junior Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM467 Biochemistry I
CHM470 Biochemistry Lab
BIO302 Genetics
PHS201 College Physics I
General Education Breadth Elective

3
1
4
3
3

CHM468 Biochemistry II
BIO303 Ecology
BIO305 Comparative Physiology
PHS202 College Physics II

3
4
4
4
Semester Total
14
Semester Total
15

Senior Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM400 Chemistry Seminar I
CHM405 Physical Chemistry I
CHM408 Physical Chemistry Lab
BIO414 Intro. to Immunology
BIO415 Molecular Biology
General Education Breadth Elective
Elective

1
3
1
2
3
3
3

CHM401 Chemistry Seminar II
CHM406 Physical Chemistry II
CHM409 Physical Chemistry Lab II
BIO411 Evolution
Contemporary Issues
BIO426 Recombinant DNA
BIO498 Seminar

1
3
1
3
3
3
1
Semester Total
16
Semester Total
17

Strong consideration should be given to adding one or more one-credit instrumental laboratory modules to this program to enhance your laboratory skills in selected biochemical techniques.