Chemistry: Biochemistry

Biochemistry is a study of the chemical and molecular basis of all life, from plants and animals to single-cell organisms.

Emmanuel’s biochemistry concentration provides students the opportunity to not only study living things, but to understand the chemistry of those organisms—the molecular compounds, substances and physiology that make them tick. Students will be exposed to current research in lectures, labs and in faculty-supported research projects.

Major Requirements

View the 2019-2020 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for B.S. in Chemistry with Concentration in Biochemistry

  • BIOL1105 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology (SI-L)
  • BIOL1106 Introduction to Organismic and Evolutionary (SI-L)
  • CHEM1101 Principles of Chemistry I (SI-L)And
  • CHEM1102 Principles of Chemistry II (SI-L)Or
  • CHEM1103 Chemical Perspectives (SI-L)
  • CHEM2101 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM2102 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM2104 Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM2111 Biochemistry
  • CHEM3105 Physical Chemistry I: Thermodynamics
  • CHEM3106 Physical Chemistry II: Quantum Mechanics
  • CHEM4160 Senior Seminar
  • CHEM4194 Internship in Chemistry
  • MATH1111 Calculus I (QA)
  • MATH1112 Calculus II (QA)
  • PHYS2201 General Physics (Calculus based) (SI-L)
  • PHYS2202 General Physics II (Calculus based) (SI-L)
  • Three electives: two selected from upper level chemistry courses; one selected from, any biology course level 2000-3000 except INT3211, CHEM4178, CHEM4194-4195, or BIOL2131

Learning Goals & Outcomes

At the completion of the Chemistry degree the student will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of the sub-disciplines of chemistry including analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry
  • Develop testable chemical hypotheses, design and execute experiments to test the hypotheses, analyze the data, and draw meaningful conclusions.
  • Effectively communicate chemical knowledge and research to general and specialized audiences.
  • Execute chemical literature searches to assess experimental design, results, and conclusions in scientific scholarly articles.
  • Utilize laboratory skills of experimental design, chemical synthesis, purification, data and error analysis, and computational analysis with full regard to safe laboratory practices.
  • Follow a high standard of ethics in regard to the scientific method.

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