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Biochemistry, BS

Offered in: CHICAGO

The Department of Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. This program provides thorough training in the fundamental principles and experimental techniques of chemistry and biology as they apply to biological systems, and emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of these sciences.

The BS degree in Biochemistry prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including biological or biochemical research, secondary education, health sciences, government or industry. The biochemistry major may lead to work in interdisciplinary sciences such as biotechnology, forensics, environmental science, or pharmacology and it is well suited to the needs of pre-professional students, including pre-medical students and pre-pharmacy students. Biochemistry majors interested in teaching science in the high schools should meet with an advisor early in their program to plan an appropriate course sequence.


All courses applying to the biochemistry major, including required supporting courses, must be passed with a grade of C- or higher and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.


  • Courses applying to the biochemistry major, including required supporting courses, must be taken on a letter grade basis.
  • At least 25 semester hours of the required biochemistry, chemistry and/or biology courses must be completed at Roosevelt University.
  • All biochemistry, chemistry and biology courses must be taken within eight years of graduation to be accepted for credit without examination.
  • Undergraduate research with a faculty member is recommended.
  • Entering students with a score of at least four on the AP chemistry placement examination will receive credit for CHEM 201, General Chemistry I.

Biology core (15 sh)

  BIOL 201 Organismic Biology .....5
  BIOL 202 Ecology, Evolution and Genetics .....5
  BIOL 301 Cellular and Molecular Biology .....5

Chemistry core (25 sh)

  CHEM 201 General Chemistry I .....5
  CHEM 202 General Chemistry II .....5
  CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I .....5
  CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II .....5
  CHEM 237 Quantitative Analysis .....5

Discipline-specific requirements (20-22 sh)

  BCHEM 320 Physical Chemistry for Biosciences .....3
  BCHM 354 Biochemistry & Biotechnology Laboratory .....2
  BCHM 355 Biochemistry .....3
  BCHM 357 Advanced Biochemistry .....3
  BCHM 393 Biochemistry Seminar .....1
  BIOL 3XX Advanced biology elective, 300 level (excluding BIOL 301) with laboratory .....5
  CHEM 3XX Advanced chemistry elective, 300 level; may be lecture only or lecture + laboratory .....3-5

Supporting sequence (20 sh)

  MATH 231 Calculus I .....5
  MATH 232 Calculus II .....5
  PHYS 201 Physics I – Mechanics & Heat .....4
  PHYS 202 Physics II – Electromagnetism .....4
  PHYS 233 Calculus-based Physics I discussion .....1
  PHYS 234 Calculus-based Physics II discussion .....1


  General Education, University Writing Requirement and Electives Total: .....120

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice

  ACP 101 First-Year Seminar (required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 semester hours) .....3
  ACP 110 Primary Texts .....3
  ACP 250 Grounds for Change .....3

English Composition (minimum grade of C- required)

  ENG 101 Composition I: Critical Reading and Writing .....3
  ENG 102 Composition II: Introduction to Academic Research .....3


  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding 101 and 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies .....9


  MATH 110 Math 110 or above (Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements -- see advisor). .....3

Non-Western Requirement

  Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements) .....3

RU Mission-Related Course (minimum grade of C- required)

  LIBS 201 Writing Social Justice .....3


  One biological science and one physical science required; at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors) TOTAL: at least 7 science hours. .....7-8

Social Sciences

  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies .....9

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 semester hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 semester hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 semester hours (of the 60 semester hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 semester hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)