Learn how living things work at a molecular level: what cells are made of, how they grow and divide, where they get their energy and much more. Discover the microscopic mechanisms of health and disease, and be equipped for careers in health, biomedical research or anything related to the chemistry of life.
The biochemistry program at Calvin studies the nature and behavior of matter, with particular attention paid to the complex macromolecules of living systems: proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids.
When you graduate with a biochemistry degree at Calvin, you’ll be prepared to understand and solve modern biochemical problems, and be well equipped for careers as diverse as medicine, analytical chemistry, biotechnology, pharmacy and education, just to name a few.
Course Requirements 2015-2016
(37-38 semester hours)
- CHEM-103 General Chemistry I and CHEM-104 General Chemistry II, or CHEM-105 Chemical Principles
- CHEM-253 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry or CHEM-261 Organic Chemistry I
- CHEM-323 Biochemistry I and CHEM-324 Biochemistry II
- CHEM-383 Laboratory in Biochemistry
- Three from
- CHEM-201 Analytical Chemistry
- CHEM-230 Essential Inorganic Chemistry
- CHEM-262 Organic Chemistry II
- CHEM-271 Environmental Chemistry
- CHEM-304 Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
- CHEM-317 Physical Chemistry I
- CHEM-318 Physical Chemistry II
- CHEM-325< Advanced Organic Chemistry/li>
- CHEM-329 Intrumental Methods for Chemical and Biological Sciences
- CHEM-330 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
- ENGR-331 Kinetics/Reactor Design
- BIOL-321 Genetics and Development
- BIOL-325 Biotechnology
- BIOL-331 Comparative Animal Physiology
- BIOL-332 Plant Physiology
- BIOL-333 Immunology and Hematology
- BIOL-335 Cell Physiology
- BIOL-336 General Microbiology
- or an approved interim. Only of these may be a biology course.
- IDIS-310 History of Physical Science or an approved course in integrative studies
- CHEM-295 Chemistry Seminar (four times)
- Completion of major field test
(20 semester hours)
- One sequence from:
- PHYS-221/PHYS-222 or PHYS-133/PHYS-235
- BIOL-141 Cell Biology and Genetics for the Health Sciences or BIOL-161 Cellular and Genetic Systems (prerequisites may be required)
The prerequisite to enter the biochemistry program is a minimum average of "C" (2.0) in Chemistry 104 and in one course from Chemistry 201, 253, or 261.
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