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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Bachelor of Science - Biochemistry Major

Biochemistry Major Requirements:


Chemistry Courses Hrs
CHEM 121N/122N - 123N/124N or CHEM 137N/138N Foundations of Chemistry I & II or Accelerated General Chemistry I & II Lecture /Lab 8 or 6
CHEM 211-213 Organic Chemistry Lecture I & II 6
CHEM 212-214 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I & II 4
CHEM 321 Analytical Chemistry Lecture 3
CHEM 322 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 331-333 Physical Chemistry Lecture I & II 6
CHEM 441 Biochemistry Lecture 3
CHEM 443 Intermediate Biochemistry 3
CHEM 442W Biochemistry Laboratory I 4
CHEM 485 Biochemistry Seminar 1

Other Required Courses

In addition to completing the university's lower division general education requirements and upper division general education requirements, biochemistry majors must complete the following courses.

BIOL 115N-116N General Biology I & II 8
BIOL 293 Cell Biology 3
BIOL 303 Genetics 3
MATH 163 Precalculus II 3
MATH 211 Calculus I 4
MATH 212 Calculus II 4
MATH 312 Calculus III 4
PHYS 231N-232N University Physics I & II 8

Biochemistry majors must have a C or better in a chemistry and biology coursework and must complete a minimum of 12 credits in upper level (300/400) chemistry courses at Old Dominion University. Written permission by the CDA or chair is required prior to taking upper level chemistry courses at other institutions.

For an American Chemical Society- certified degree, biochemistry majors must also take CHEM 351 and CHEM 421; and select one from CHEM 415, CHEM 449, CHEM 451, and CHEM 453; and select two from CHEM 332W, CHEM 352, and CHEM 422.

Requirements for graduation include a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 overall and in the major, 120 credit hours, passage of the Exit Examination of Writing Proficiency, and completion of Senior Assessment. Additional hours may be required to meet the foreign language requirement. Biochemistry majors may not use the chemistry minor to fulfill upper-division general education requirements.

Accelerated Track Program:

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers an accelerated track program to provide outstanding students the chance to complete both the B.S. in biochemistry and an M.S. in chemistry (see biochemistry and clinical chemistry track descriptions for the M.S. program) in five years. Graduate courses will begin during the fall semester of the student's senior year and continue through the summer of the fifth year.

Contact the departmental office for more information at (757) 683-4078.