This program requires many of the same courses in biochemistry as the normal major while meeting the requirement of the American Chemical Society. Study the chemistry of life and get the best preparation for graduate studies in biochemistry.

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

(45-50 semester hours)

This major meets the certification requirements of the American Chemical Society and best prepares students for graduate study in biochemistry and related areas:

  • CHEM-103 General Chemistry I and CHEM-104 General Chemistry II, or CHEM-105 Chemical Principles
  • CHEM-201 Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM-230 Essential Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM-253 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry or CHEM-261 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM-304 Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences or CHEM-317 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM-323 Biochemistry I and CHEM-324 Biochemistry II
  • CHEM-383 Laboratory in Biochemistry
  • Two from
    • CHEM-262 Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM-271 Environmental Chemistry
    • CHEM-318 Physical Chemistry II
    • CHEM-325 Advanced Organic Chemistry
    • CHEM-329 Instrumental Method 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-336 General Microbiology
    • or an approved interim. Only one of these maybe be a biology course.
  • CHEM-395 Academic Year Research (4 semester hours, the last as honors) or CHEM-397 Summer Research with a seminar presentation
  • 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)

*Students who are well prepared for college chemistry are encouraged to to enroll in CHEM-105 Chemical Principles.

**Students who enroll in CHEM-261 must also enroll in CHEM-262

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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