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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 chemical research, secondary education, health sciences, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and 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 must be passed with a grade of C- or higher and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.


  • Courses applying to the major must be taken on a letter grade basis.
  • At least 25 semester hours of the required chemistry and/or biology courses must be completed at Roosevelt University.
  • 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 for graduation.
  • Entering students with a score of at least four on the AP chemistry placement examination will receive credit for CHEM 201.

  BCHM 354 Biochemistry & Biotechnology Laboratory .....2
  BCHM 355 Biochemistry .....3
  BCHM 357 Advanced Biochemistry .....3
  BCHM 393 Biochemistry Seminar .....1
  BIOL 201 Organismic Biology .....5
  BIOL 202 Ecology, Evolution and Genetics .....5
  BIOL 301 Cellular and Molecular Biology .....5
  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 Environmental Analysis .....5
  CHEM 320 Physical Chemistry for Biosciences .....3
  MATH 231 Calculus I .....4
  MATH 232 Calculus II .....4
  PHYS 231 Introductory Calculus-Based Physics I .....5
  PHYS 232 Introductory Calculus-Based Physics II .....5


One 300-level Biology course chosen from the list below:
  BIOL 351 General Genetics .....5
  BIOL 360 Microbiology .....5
  BIOL 367 Immunology .....5
One 300-level Chemistry course chosen from the list below:
  CHEM 313 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory .....5
  CHEM 344 Bioinorganic Chemistry .....3


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