Bachelor of Science

Biochemistry is the quintessential interdisciplinary major, integrating coursework from disciplines that connect the life sciences with the physical sciences.

As such, the Biochemistry major at AIC is an integrated program coordinated through the Department of Chemistry, and combines coursework in biology and chemistry along with supporting studies in physics and mathematics. As a Biochemistry major, you’ll examine chemical and biochemical principles, develop scientific literacy, and build skills needed to work competently and safely in laboratories.

Thanks to the small size of our department, you’ll have great flexibility in choosing research projects in the areas that interest you most, including genetics, environmental sciences, materials sciences, medicine, and forensics.

As a graduate of the program, you’ll have the skills and knowledge needed for a variety of advanced degree programs and careers, including:

  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical development
  • Government research laboratories
  • Agricultural sciences
  • Education

Learning Outcomes for Biochemistry

The Biochemistry major at AIC prepares you to enter an extraordinarily diverse field. Whether you want to work in a laboratory, develop pharmaceuticals, be a teacher, or pursue any number of occupations, the Biochemistry major is a great place to start.

—Dr. Susanne Swanker, PhD Dean of the School of Business, Arts & Sciences

In the classroom. In the workforce.

What you'll learn

What you'll learn

You’ll examine chemical and biochemical principles, develop scientific literacy, and build skills needed to work competently and safely in the laboratory.

Future Studies

Future Studies

The program helps prepare you for a variety of graduate degree programs, including political science, sociology, or law.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

Graduation from the program, you’ll be prepared to work in a variety of fields and settings, including, biotechnology, pharmaceutical development
, government research laboratories
, and agricultural sciences.

Major Requirements 

  • CHE1600: General Chemistry I, with review and laboratory
  • CHE1700: General Chemistry II, with review and laboratory
  • CHE2200: Introduction to the Scientific Literature
  • CHE2400: Organic Chemistry I, with laboratory
  • CHE2500: Organic Chemistry II, with laboratory
  • CHE2600: Analytical Chemistry, with laboratory
  • CHE3400: Physical Chemistry I, with laboratory
  • CHE3500: Physical Chemistry II, with laboratory
  • CHE4200: Biochemistry I, with laboratory
  • CHE4300: Biochemistry II, with laboratory
  • CHE4840: Senior Seminar
  • MAT2400: Calculus I
  • MAT2500: Calculus II
  • PHY1600: General Physics I, with review and laboratory
  • PHY1800: General Physics II, with review and laboratory

Plus any two of the following courses: 

  • BIO2430: Microbiology, with laboratory
  • BIO3400: Cell Biology, with laboratory 

Plus four credit hours from the following, including one credit of laboratory: 

  • CHE3600: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHE3601: Advanced Inorganic Laboratory
  • CHE3650: Spectroscopy of Organic Compounds
  • CHE3651: Advanced Organic Laboratory Techniques
  • CHE4050: Instrumental Analysis, with laboratory

Course Descriptions

This course presents fundamental principles of chemistry, including a study of atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, and the states of matter. It is an introductory course for science majors, and is the course required for admission to medical school. It may also be used to satisfy the college’s general requirement in science. Co-enrollment in CHE211R (review) is required.

A continuation of CHE1600, this course includes a study of chemical kinetics, acids and bases, equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and the chemistry of aqueous solutions. Co-enrollment in CHE212R (review) is required

This course provides an introduction to the ways scientists communicate their theories and findings, including scientific journals, seminars, poster sessions, etc. Students will assess the quality of journal articles, write papers in the scientific idiom, and make oral presentations. The library and computer databases will be covered.

This course is an integrated study of the bonding and structure of organic compounds, with emphasis on reactions, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis, with an introduction to organic spectroscopy.

This course is a continuation of CHE2400.

This course presents a comprehensive examination of electrolytic solutions, including acid-base, oxidation-reduction, and solubility equilibria, and provides an introduction to modern analytical methods. The laboratory consists of analysis of representative inorganic unknowns by gravimetric, volumetric, and spectrometric methods. One three-hour laboratory session per week.

A mathematical approach to chemical laws and theories is presented, including a study of the properties of gases, chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, phase equilibrium, and electrochemistry.

This course is a study of chemical kinetics and an introduction to quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics with applications to chemical systems.

This course examines the structure and function of the principal molecular components of living systems, including proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids. The study of enzyme function and catabolism is also included.

A continuation of CHE4200, this course examines the control of enzymes, biochemical signaling processes, and energy metabolism. Other topics may be explored such as photosynthesis, the physiology of fuel metabolism, and others.

Studies of atomic and molecular structure are applied to representative non-metal compounds and coordination compounds and topics of current interest such as inorganic reaction mechanisms, catalysis, solid-state, and bioinorganic chemistry.

This laboratory course is the study of the synthesis of inorganic compounds and characterization by chromatographic and spectrophotometric methods. One three-hour laboratory session with laboratory fees.

This course is a study of the modern spectroscopic techniques used to characterize organic compounds, including ultraviolet, infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, and mass spectroscopy.

This laboratory course explores the synthesis, separation, purification, and characterization of organic compounds using advanced techniques. One three-hour laboratory session with a laboratory fee.

This course examines the theory and instrumentation of optical electro-chemical and chromatographic methods of chemical analysis in current use in industry and research. One three-hour laboratory session per week with laboratory fees.

This course discusses limits, continuity, derivatives, maximum and minimum problems, related rates, and Mean Value Theorem. The course will make active use of technology by requiring the use of a graphing calculator and computer software.

This course includes the study of integration, applications of the definite integral, transcendental functions, and methods of integration. The course will make active use of technology by requiring the use of a graphing calculator.

This is a basic course that covers the fundamental principles of mechanics, vibration, and thermodynamics. Newton’s laws of motion will be applied to a broad range of practical problems involving real phenomena. The laws of thermodynamics will be utilized to study thermal processes and properties. Students will learn to develop working equations from basic concepts in order to solve problems. The course is taught without calculus.

This is a continuation of PHY1600 covering the fundamental principles of electricity, magnetism, light, and modern physics. The course is taught without calculus.

The student will study the biology of representative microorganisms and viruses with emphasis on prokaryotic structure, metabolism, genetics, and diversity. Food microbiology is also covered. The laboratory focuses on the diversity and identification of bacteria. One 3-1/2 hour laboratory period per week with laboratory fee.

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