B.S. in Biochemistry

Contact Person:
Maria Hepel, Chair
302 Stowell, (315) 267-2267, hepelmr@potsdam.edu

40 credit hours required. Plus 32 credits of cognates.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

    Credits
Required Courses

34
CHEM 105 General Chemistry 1: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)
CHEM 106 General Chemistry 2: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)  
CHEM 308 Chemistry Topics (1 credit)  
CHEM 309 Seminar in Chemistry (1 credit)  
CHEM 311 Quantitative Analysis: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)  
CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry 1: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)  
CHEM 342 Organic Chemistry 2: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)  
CHEM 425 Biochemistry 1: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)  
CHEM 426 Biochemistry 2: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)  
CHEM 451 Physical Chemistry 1: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)  

Electives: chosen from the following

  6
BIOL 407 Cell Physiology: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)  
BIOL 410 Human Physiology (4 credits)
 
BIOL 420 Medical Microbiology  
BIOL 426 Immunobiology  
BIOL 483 Current Topics in Biology (2-3 credits)  
BIOL 485 Research in Biology (1-3 credits)  
CHEM 415 Instrumental Analysis: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)  
CHEM 433 Inorganic Chemistry  
CHEM 434 Inorganic Chemistry Lab (1 credit)  
CHEM 444 Advanced Organic Chemistry  
CHEM 452 Physical Chemistry 2: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)  
CHEM 495 Special Topics  
CHEM 497 Research Problems (1-3 credits)  

Cognate Requirements

  32
BIOL 151 General Biology I: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)  
BIOL 152 General Biology II: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)  
BIOL 311 Genetics: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)  
BIOL 320 Microbiology: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)  
MATH 151* Calculus I (4 credits)  
MATH 152 Calculus II (4 credits)  
PHYS 103** University Physics I: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)  
PHYS 204** University Physics II: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)  


*Completion of both MATH 141 & 142 may be substituted for MATH 151.
       
**With the permission of the chair, PHYS 101, 202 may be substituted for PHYS 103, 204.

     

Recommended Coursework Outside the Major
Consult with a departmental adviser.
       
Special Notes

  1. Students graduating with a major in biochemistry must complete 52 hours in the required chemistry and biology courses with at least a 2.0 in each course.
  2. Students majoring in biochemistry should plan on taking CHEM 425 and 426 during their junior year. They are also encouraged to take BIOL 151, 152, 311 and 320 prior to Biochemistry 1: Lecture and Lab.
  3. Since both calculus and physics are prerequisites for CHEM 451, students are encouraged to start the cognate sequences as soon as possible.
  4. Students may not double major in chemistry and biochemistry.
  5. Recitations cannot be counted as elective courses.