The Biochemistry minor introduces students to the molecular structure and chemical processes of biological organisms.

In the classroom. In the workforce.

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

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

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.

Minor Requirements

  • CHE1600 General Chemistry I, with laboratory and review
  • CHE1700 General Chemistry II, with laboratory and review
  • CHE2400 Organic Chemistry I, with laboratory
  • CHE2500 Organic Chemistry II, with laboratory
  • CHE3200 Introduction to Biochemistry

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 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 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.

This course examines the control of enzymes and their kinetics, biochemical signaling processes and energy metabolism. Other topics may be explored such as photosynthesis, the physiology of fuel metabolism and others. PREREQUISITE: CHE4200

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