Oct 02, 2022  
2022 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL) 
2022 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL)

Biochemistry (B.S.)- Hegis Code 0414.00

(Bachelor of Science Degree)

The biochemistry major is modeled on a course of study recommended by the American Chemical Society and places significant emphasis on the study of the molecules and reactions of life processes. It is intended for students who have an interdisciplinary interest in biology and chemistry and wish to work at the interface of those two disciplines. Students will be well prepared for entry-level careers in biochemistry or biotechnology or for further graduate and professional study in biochemistry or medicine.

Learning Objectives

Students graduating from any program in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Utica University will demonstrate the ability to:

Think like a chemist

  • Analyze chemical behavior using structure-function relationships
  • Assess chemical mechanisms using reaction-energy relationships
  • Apply qualitative and quantitative reasoning to solve problem

Work like a chemist

  • Exhibit a culture of workplace safety and chemical hygiene
  • Use qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze structure, function, and chemical reactivity
  • Apply appropriate laboratory techniques for successful synthesis and purification of chemical compounds
  • Exhibit a familiarity with modern chemical instrumentation, including the applications, capabilities, and limitations of such tools

Write like a chemist

  • Record, in a permanent fashion, laboratory procedures and data in a concise and accurate manner
  • Write clear and effective reports of activity in the laboratory
  • Exhibit effective written and oral communication skills for presenting experimental and theoretical results as well as promoting awareness of chemical issues to the general public

Academic Requirements

Core/General Education: 34 - 55 Credit Hours

Effective for the 2022-2023 academic year, Utica University has implemented a new general education program that replaces Core. Students who are admitted, or readmitted, for the 2022- 2023 academic year or later must follow the requirements of the General Education program. Students admitted prior to the 2022-2023 academic year must follow the requirements of the Core program. For full details of program requirements, see the catalog pages for the Core program and the General Education  program. Students with specific questions should consult with their academic adviser or success coach.

29 Credit Hours

14 Credit Hours

Chemistry and Biology Electives

  • 300 or higher level - must have two from chemistry and one from biology (9-11)

32-34 Credit Hours

Program Credits

Core/General Education 34-55 Credits
Major Course Requirements 29 Credits
Major Related Course Requirements 32-34 Credits
College Electives 2-25 Credits
Total Credit Hours Required For Degree 120 Credits