Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biochemistry degree is the professional degree in the field of biochemistry.  The BS in Biochemistry degree at The University of Toledo was established in Fall 2011 and has recently been submitted for certification to the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.  Once approved, this benefit will entitle graduates immediate full-membership in the American Chemical Society.

The BS in Biochemistry degree is often the degree of choice for students wishing to continue their studies in graduate school toward the Master’s, Ph.D., or in other professional programs.  Students earning the BS degree in biochemistry also typically gain employment with significant responsibility in laboratories in the pharmaceutical, clinical, and allied professional industries.  Course requirements for the BS in Biochemistry are given below.

The department of chemistry strongly advises students who wish to enroll in 3000- or 4000-level courses to earn minimum grades of C in prerequisite courses. Students pursuing a chemistry major may not elect the P/NC option in major or related courses, or prerequisites for these courses, except as noted in specific course descriptions.

B.S. in Biochemistry Degree Requirements (PDF)

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
Required Chemistry Courses
  • CHEM 1230 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1240 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 1280 - General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM 1290 - General Chemistry II Lab
  • CHEM 2410 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 2420 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2480 - Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM 2490 - Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • CHEM 3310 - Analytical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 3360 - Analytical Chemistry Lab (WAC)
  • CHEM 3510 - Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 3520 - Biochemistry II
  • CHEM 3560 - Biochemistry Lab
  • CHEM 3610 - Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 4300 - Instrumental Analysis
  • CHEM 4560 - Biophysical Lab (WAC)
  • CHEM 4570 - Biophysical Chemistry
Advanced Laboratory Requirement (Choose one of the following)
  • CHEM 3910 (2 hours) - Undergraduate Research II
  • CHEM 4910 (2 hours) - Undergraduate Research III
  • CHEM 4880 - Advanced Laboratory III
Required Related Courses
  • BIOL 2170 - Fund of Life Science II
  • BIOL 3030 - Cell Biology
  • MATH 1750 or 1830 or 1850 - Calculus I
  • MATH 1760 or 1840 or 1860 - Calculus II
  • PHYS 2070 - General Physics I or PHYS 2130 - Physics for Science and Engineering Majors I
  • PHYS 2080 - General Physics II or PHYS 2140 - Physics for Science and Engineering Majors II
Advanced Biochemistry Electives (Choose one of the following)
  • CHEM 4500 - Advanced Biochemistry
  • CHEM 4510 - Protein Chemistry
  • CHEM 4520 - Enzymology
  • CHEM 4530 - Nucleic Acid Chemistry
  • CHEM 4580 - Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 4980 - Special Topics in Chemistry
Additional Requirements
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in chemistry is required for graduation with this degree.

Beginning with the Fall 2017 Semester, students will only be able to enroll in MATH and 1000-level CHEM courses, if they have earned a grade of C or better in the prerequisite MATH or CHEM course . To enroll in 2000-4000 level CHEM courses, students must earn a C- or better in the prerequisite course.  Students with a catalog year prior to Fall 2017 may request an override of this requirement from the instructor if they earned a grade of D- or above in the prerequisite course.

Last Updated: 8/30/18