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Biochemistry BS

Paul Craig, School Head
(585) 475-6145, Paul.Craig@rit.edu

http://chemistry.rit.edu/

Program overview

Biochemistry majors often have an interest in combining the life and health sciences with a chemistry degree. Students take a year of general biology in addition to a typical chemistry curriculum. During the upper-level years, students take a substantial core of courses in biochemistry, physical chemistry, the liberal arts, and elective courses in life sciences. Students must take a minimum of two upper-division biology electives.

Employment opportunities for biochemistry students exist in the chemical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, forensic, and rapidly expanding biotechnological fields. Students also are well-prepared to enter advanced degree programs in biochemistry, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and veterinary medicine.

Cooperative education

The biochemistry major may be completed in four or five years, depending on the amount of cooperative education a student decides to complete. Co-op may begin as early as the summer after the first year.

Curriculum

Biochemistry, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CHEM-130 Chemical Connections 3
CHEM-151 General Chemistry 3
MATH-181 LAS Perspective 7A: Project-based Calculus I 4
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
BIOL-121 Introductory Biology I 4
CHMO-331 Comprehensive Organic Chemistry I 3
CHMO-335 Comprehensive Organic Chemistry Lab I 1
MATH-182 LAS Perspective 7B: Project-based Calculus II 4
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
BIOL-122 Introductory Biology II 4
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
CHMO-332 Comprehensive Organic Chemistry II 3
CHMO-336 Comprehensive Organic Chemistry Lab II 2
CHMA-161 Quantitative Analysis 3
CHMA-165 Analytical Methods Lab 2
MATH-219 Multivariable Calculus or MATH-251 Probability and Statistics 3
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
Choose one of the following: 3
   CHMA-221    Instrumental Analysis  
   CHMA-222    Chemical Separations  
CHMB-402 Biochemistry I 3
PHYS-211 LAS Perspective 5: University Physics I 4
BIOL-201 Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
Third Year
CHMB-403 Biochemistry 2 3
CHMB-405 Biochemistry Lab (WI) 3
PHYS-212 LAS Perspective 6: University Physics II 4
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
CHMP-441 Physical Chemistry I 3
  Free Elective 3
  Advanced Biology Elective† 3
Fourth Year
CHMI-351 Inorganic Chemistry I 3
  Advanced Biology Elective† 3
  LAS Elective 6
  LAS Immersion 3 3
  Advanced Chemistry Lab Elective or Biochemistry Research‡ 3
  Advanced Biochemistry Elective† 3
  Free Elective 9
Total Semester Credit Hours 126

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.
† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

‡ Please consult an adviser for course options.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

Students who enroll in the biochemistry program often have an interest in combining the life and health sciences with a chemistry degree. Students take a year of general biology, in addition to a typical chemistry curriculum. During the upper-level years, students in the biochemistry program take a substantial core of courses in biochemistry, physical chemistry, chemical literature, and the liberal arts as well as elective courses in life sciences. Students must take a minimum of two upper-division biology electives.

Employment opportunities for biochemistry graduates exist in the chemical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, forensic, and rapidly expanding biotechnological fields. Graduates also are well-prepared to enter advanced degree programs in biochemistry, medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine.

Cooperative education

The biochemistry program may be completed in four or five years, depending on the amount of cooperative education a student decides to complete. Co-op may begin as early as the summer after the first year.

Curriculum

The biochemistry program offers two tracks, one that follows the guidelines of the American Society of Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (ASBMB) and one that is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The ASBMB program allows more science and university-wide electives in such fields as biology, while the ACS program is for students interested in graduate-level chemistry programs.

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Biochemistry, BS degree, typical course sequence (ASBMB guidelines) (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1010-200 Chemical Safety 1
1010-230 Freshman Symposium 1
1010-251, 252 General Chemistry I, II 7
1010-255 General Chemistry I Lab 1
1008-261, 262 Quantitative Analysis I, II 7
1008-265, 266 Quantitative Analysis Lab I, II 3
1016-281, 282, 283 Calculus I, II, III 12
1001-201, 202, 203 General Biology 9
1001-205, 206, 207 General Biology Lab 3
  Liberal Arts* 4
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education‡ 0
1010-499 Cooperative Education (optional) Co-op
Second Year
1010-401 Chemical Literature 2
1016-305 Multivariable Calculus or 1016-319 Data Analysis I 4
1013-431, 432, 433 Organic Chemistry I, II, III 9
1013-435, 436 Preparative Organic Chemistry Lab I, II 2
1013-437 Systematic Identification of Organic Compounds III Lab 2
1001-322 Cell Biology 4
1001-350 Molecular Biology 4
1009-502 Biochemistry: Conformation and Dynamics 3
  Biology Elective 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
  University-wide Electives§  
1010-499 Cooperative Education (optional) Co-op
Third Year
1008-311 Instrumental Analysis 3
1008-318 Instrumental Analysis Lab 1
1009-503 Biochemistry: Metabolism 3
1009-504 Biochemistry: Nucleic Acids 3
1009-505 Biochemistry: Experimental Techniques Lab 2
Choose one of the following physics sequences: 12
   1017-311, 312, 313    University Physics I, II, III  
   1017-211, 212, 213    College Physics I, II, III  
  Biology Elective 4
  Advanced Biochemistry Elective 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
  University-wide Electives§  
1010-499 Cooperative Education (optional) Co-op
Fourth Year
1014-441 Chemical Thermodynamics 4
1014-445 Chemical Thermodynamics Lab 1
1014-443 Chemical Kinetics 4
1014-447 Chemical Kinetics Lab 1
  Liberal Arts* 8
  University-wide Electives§  
1010-499 Cooperative Education (optional) Co-op
Total Quarter Credit Hours 183

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

‡ Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

§ Biochemistry Research (1009-541, 542, 543) may be used as a science elective and is highly recommended. Two electives must be upper-division biology courses (300 or higher) that include laboratory, for a minimum of eight credit hours. Electives are necessary to bring the total quarter credit hours to 183 for graduation.

Biochemistry, BS degree, typical course sequence (ACS certified) (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1010-200 Chemical Safety 1
1010-230 Freshman Symposium 1
1010-251, 252 General Chemistry I, II 7
1010-255 General Chemistry I Lab 1
1008-261, 262 Quantitative Analysis I, II 7
1008-265, 266 Quantitative Analysis Lab I, II 3
1016-281, 282, 283 Calculus I, II, III 12
1001-201, 202, 203 General Biology I, II, III 9
1001-205, 206, 207 General Biology Lab 3
  Liberal Arts* 4
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education‡ 0
1010-499 Cooperative Education (optional) Co-op
Second Year
1010-401 Chemical Literature 2
1016-305 Multivariable Calculus 4
1016-306 Differential Equations 4
1013-431, 432, 433 Organic Chemistry I, II, III 9
1013-435, 436 Preparative Organic Chemistry Lab I, II 2
1013-437 Systematic Identification of Organic Compounds III Lab 2
1001-322 Cell Biology 4
1001-350 Molecular Biology 4
1009-502 Biochemistry: Conformation and Dynamics 3
  Biology Elective 4
  Liberal Arts* 8
  University-wide Electives§  
1010-499 Cooperative Education (optional) Co-op
Third Year
1008-311 Instrumental Analysis 3
1008-318 Instrumental Analysis Lab 1
1009-503 Biochemistry: Metabolism 3
1009-504 Biochemistry: Nucleic Acids 3
1009-505 Biochemistry: Experimental Techniques Lab 2
Choose one of the following physics sequences: 12
   1017-311, 312,313    University Physics I, II, III  
   1017-211, 212, 213    College Physics I, II, III  
  Biology Elective 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
1010-499 Cooperative Education (optional) Co-op
Fourth Year
1014-441 Chemical Thermodynamics 4
1014-445 Chemical Thermodynamics Lab 1
1014-442 Quantum Chemistry 4
1014-446 Quantum Chemistry Lab 1
1014-443 Chemical Kinetics 4
1014-447 Chemical Kinetics Lab 1
1012-562 Inorganic Chemistry I 4
1011-565 Preparative Inorganic Chemistry Lab 3
  Liberal Arts* 12
1010-499 Cooperative Education (optional) Co-op
Total Quarter Credit Hours 183

* Please See Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information. ACS certification recommends a foreign language (preferably German).

‡ Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

§ Biochemistry Research (1009-541, 542, 543) may be used as a science elective and is highly recommended. Two electives must be upper-division biology courses (300 or higher) that include laboratory, for a minimum of eight credit hours. Electives are necessary to bring the total quarter credit hours to 183 for graduation.

Biochemistry, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CHEM-130 Chemical Connections 3
CHEM-151 General Chemistry 3
MATH-181 LAS Perspective 7A: Project-Based Calculus I 4
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
BIOL-121 Introductory Biology I 4
CHMO-331 Comprehensive Organic Chemistry I 3
CHMO-335 Comprehensive Organic Chemistry Lab I 1
MATH-182 LAS Perspective 7B: Project-Based Calculus II 4
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
BIOL-122 Introductory Biology II 4
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
CHMO-332 Comprehensive Organic Chemistry II 3
CHMO-336 Comprehensive Organic Chemistry Lab II 2
CHMA-161 Quantitative Analysis 3
CHMA-165 Analytical Methods Lab 2
MATH-219 Multivariable Calculus or Data Analysis I 3
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
Choose one of the following: 3
   CHMA-221    Instrumental Analysis  
   CHMA-222    Chemical Separations  
CHMB-402 Biochemistry I 3
PHYS-211 LAS Perspective 5: University Physics I 4
BIOL-201 Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
Third Year
CHMB-403 Biochemistry 2 3
CHMB-405 Biochemistry Lab (WI) 3
PHYS-212 LAS Perspective 6: University Physics II 4
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
CHMP-441 Physical Chemistry I 3
  Free Elective 3
  Advanced Biology Elective† 3
Fourth Year
CHMI-351 Inorganic Chemistry I 3
  Advanced Biology Elective† 3
  LAS Elective 6
  LAS Immersion 3 3
  Advanced Chemistry Lab Elective or Biochemistry Research† 3
  Advanced Biochemistry Elective† 3
  Free Elective 9
Total Semester Credit Hours 126

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† Please consult an adviser for course options.

Accelerated dual degree option

Either of the BS chemistry programs may be combined with the MS chemistry program, allowing students to acquire both degrees in a total of five years.

Program discontinued
Effective June 2011, the BS/MS in biochemistry/chemistry will no longer admit new students. This change will not affect currently matriculated students.

Biochemistry, combined BS/MS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1010-200 Chemical Safety 1
1010-230 Freshman Symposium 1
1010-251, 252 General Chemistry I, II 7
1010-255 General Chemistry Lab 1
1008-261, 262 Quantitative Analysis I, II 7
1008-265, 266 Quantitative Analysis Lab I, II 3
1016-281, 282, 283 Calculus I, II, III 12
1001-201, 202, 203 General Biology I, II, III 9
1001-205, 206, 207 General Biology Lab 3
  Liberal Arts* 4
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
1010-499 Cooperative Education (optional, summer) Co-op
Second Year
1008-311 Instrumental Analysis 3
1008-318 Instrumental Analysis Lab 1
1016-305 Multivariable Calculus 4
1016-306 Differential Equations 4
1013-431, 432, 433 Organic Chemistry I, II, III 9
1013-435, 436 Preparative Organic Chemistry Lab I, II 2
1013-437 Systematic ID of Organic Compounds III Lab 2
1017-311, 312, 313 University Physics I, II, III 12
  Liberal Arts* 16
1010-499 Cooperative Education (optional, summer) Co-op
Third Year
1014-441 Chemical Thermodynamics 4
1014-445 Chemical Thermodynamics Lab 1
1010-401 Chemical Literature 2
1014-442 Quantum Chemistry 4
1014-446 Quantum Chemistry Lab 1
1014-443 Chemical Kinetics 4
1014-447 Chemical Kinetics Lab 1
  Liberal Arts* 16
1010-499 Cooperative Education (optional) Co-op
Fourth Year
1009-702 Biochemistry 3
1012-562 Inorganic Chemistry I 4
1008-711 Advanced Instrumental Analysis 3
1011-765 Preparative Inorganic Chemistry Lab 3
1009-703 Biochemistry: Metabolism 3
1009-704 Biochemistry: Nucleic Acids 3
1009-705 Biochemistry: Experimental Techniques Lab 3
  Biology Electives**  
  Chemistry Electives§  
1010-879 Research and Thesis Guidance#  
Fifth Year
1010-870 Chemistry Seminar 2
1008-621 Advanced Instrumental Analysis Lab 2
1013-737 Advanced Organic Chemistry 4
1014-741 or 1014-743 Advanced Physical Chemistry 4
  Chemistry Electives§  
1010-879 Research and Thesis Guidance††  
Total Quarter Credit Hours 225

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information. ACS certification recommends a foreign language (preferably German).

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

§ A minimum of 36 hours of 700-level or higher chemistry courses is required to graduate with a BS and MS degree.

** Two upper-division biology electives with laboratory. Biology electives may be Cell Biology (1001-311), Molecular Biology (1001-350), Genetics (1001-421), or Genetic Engineering (1001-450).

†† A student will be required to have 9 to 16 hours of Research and Thesis Guidance (1010-879).