Jul 12, 2024  
2022-23 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-23 Undergraduate Bulletin ARCHIVED

Biochemistry, BS

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The biochemistry degree curriculum is designed for students interested in careers in medicine and allied health sciences, biotechnology, life science research, chemical industry and more. Biochemistry combines the fundamentals of chemistry with biological sciences to explain life at the molecular level. Students majoring in biochemistry are free to choose any minor; however, a minor in biology is highly recommended.

University Core Curriculum Requirements

A. Communication

B. Mathematics

Three hours from:

C. Life and Physical Science

D. Language, Philosophy and Culture

E. Creative Arts

F. American History

G. Government/Political Science

H. Social and Behavioral Science

I. Component Area Option

Three hours from:

Foundation of Knowledge

Computer Science

Three hours from:

Additional Mathematics

Three to four hours from:

Biochemistry Major

Physical Chemistry Elective

Three to four hours from:  

Special Problems/Seminar

One hour from each of the following:


The student may be required to complete additional elective hours to complete the degree.

Minor Option

A minor of 18 to 24 semester hours in a single discipline is optional. At least six hours in the minor must be in advanced-level courses at SFA.  A minor in Biology is recommended.

General Electives

The student may be required to take additional elective hours to complete the degree.

Total hours: 120

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.

This concentration consists of six to 10 hours from:

Grade Requirements

  • A grade of at least C in each first-year English course (ENGL 1301 , ENGL 1302 )
  • A C average in work completed in the major field
  • A C average in work completed in the minor field

The required averages are based on those SFA courses taken in each category that are included in the student’s official degree plan (CAPP). Transfer and advanced placement coursework are not included in GPA calculations.

In-Residence Requirement

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Undergraduate degrees require at least 25% semester credit hours completed in-residence.

Undergraduate degrees with 120 hours total degree program hours require a minimum of 30 advanced (upper level) in-residence semester credit hours. The in-residence hour requirement will be fulfilled as part of the individual discipline major, which includes as least 12 advanced in-residence semester credit hours. Minor requirements also may contribute to the total in-residence hours as at least six advanced in-residence semester credit hours are required. The balance of in-resident hours will be fulfilled through additional advanced semester credit hours and may include further major and minor coursework.

Undergraduate degrees with more than 120 total degree program hour requirements will ensure semester credit hours for the specific discipline include at least 25% of total semester credit hours in-residence.

View the In-Residence Requirement, Policy 6.15.

Texas Success Initiative Program

All students must satisfy provisions of the Texas Success Initiative program. See the TSI information  bulletin page.

Degree Map

The following is the recommended sequence of course completion for this degree.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year



Junior Year


Senior Year



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