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2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Grand Valley State University
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  May 19, 2019
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

The B.S. biochemistry major prepares students for entry level employment in biotechnical or biomedical laboratories or for entry into professional health schools or biochemical graduate programs.

A summary of all degree requirements as well as other departmental information is available in the Chemistry Department Handbook. All biochemistry majors should obtain a copy from the department office.

Requirements for a B.S. Major in Biochemistry

1. General University Degree Requirements

As identified in the General Academic Policies section of the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.

4. Elective Courses

Take eight additional credits from the following choices:

Additional Information

Students in the biochemistry major interested in graduate school are advised to consult with their advisor about selecting these optional courses:

  • PHY 230/231 instead of PHY 220/221
  • CHM 356 and CHM 358 instead of CHM 351
  • MTH 202 in addition to MTH 201

Students in the biochemistry major who transfer or change majors may make these substitutions with advisor approval:

  • CHM 241 may replace CHM 245 and 246
  • CHM 242 may replace CHM 247 and 248
  • BIO 355 may replace BIO 375

Students in the biochemistry major seeking a degree certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) must also complete:

  • at least 106 lab hours in additional elective CHM courses above the 200 level. CHM 490 and CHM 499 lab hours may be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • CHM 273 plus two credits of CHM courses above the 200 level in addition to the minimum requirements.

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Biochemistry (B.S.)

This option assumes students will complete the required general education courses and select electives with the help of his or her advisor.