Feb 16, 2020  
2018-19 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2018-19 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Biochemistry, B.S.


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Definition of Major and Minor

A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for a Bachelor of Science degree. The department offers a Bachelor of Science that requires all students to complete a major track and minor, take the appropriate core curriculum requirements and have the required semester hours for graduation.

The Biochemistry major consists of 19 core chemistry hours, selected chemistry courses and a biology minor.  A maximum of four hours of CHE 475 /CHE 476  may be counted toward the major.

 A Research Intensive concentration may be added to this degree.  See the program listing below for further information.

The Chemistry Minor  consists of a minimum of 18 hours of chemistry coursework.

The following courses may not be used in either the Chemistry major or Chemistry minor: CHE 112 CHE 302 , CHE 320  and CHE 330 .

Certification for Chemistry or Physical Science Teaching (Grades 8-12)

Students who wish to qualify for teaching certificates should consult the Teacher Certification section of this bulletin.

Graduate Study in Chemistry

The overlap graduate degree program permits qualified undergraduates to pursue a limited amount of graduate study (usually 12 credit hours or less) concurrently with undergraduate study. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry  offers a thesis and non-thesis natural science master’s degree (thesis option highly recommended). Thesis master’s degree requires a minimum 24 of the required 30 semester hours in chemistry, including CHE 589 and 590. The non-thesis master’s degree requires a minimum 18 of the required 36 semester hours in chemistry.

The department also offers an overlap graduate degree program that permits qualified undergraduates to pursue a limited amount of graduate study (usually 12 credit hours or less) concurrently with their undergraduate study giving a student the opportunity to obtain a B.S. and M.S. in only five years of study.

For more information and eligibility requirements, consult the Graduate Bulletin or the Overlap Program in the Academic Programs and Policies  section of this bulletin.

1. University Core Curriculum Requirements


See Bachelor of Science for Sciences and Mathematics, B.S.  for University Core Curriculum course listing.  See advisor for major specific course selections in the University Core Curriculum offerings.

2. Foundation of Knowledge


See Bachelor of Science for Sciences and Mathematics, B.S.  for Foundation of Knowledge course listing.  See advisor for major specific Foundation of Knowledge course selections.

3. Common Requirement


4. Program Courses


Special Problems/Seminar


One hour from each of the following:

Biology Minor


See Biology Minor  for course listing.  Complete a minimum of 21 hours for the Biochemistry major; 11 hours of required courses and 10 hours of biology electives.

Recommended courses for biology electives are: BIO 309 /BIO 309L BIO 327 BIO 341 /BIO 341L BIO 342 /BIO 342L BIO 402 /BIO 402L  or BIO 431 .

5. Research Intensive Concentration


This concentration is not a major concentration but may be added to any Chemistry department degree for a research intensive emphasis.

The hours for the Research Intensive concentration may be in excess of 120 hours and may affect elegibility for the Texas Tuition Rebate Opportunity.

Consist of six to ten hours from:

6. Hours to total 120


To be discussed with advisor.

7. MCAT/DAT Pre-requisites


The following course must be completed prior to taking MCAT/DAT, which is typically taken spring of junior year:

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