Biochemistry Major

As a Letters & Science student, you will take a variety of courses across the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities to satisfy university-wide General Education Requirements plus additional classes in formal reasoning, international awareness, and research to satisfy Letters & Science Degree Requirements.

The sample below assumes no high school Foreign Language was taken and that the student placed into college-level Math and English. In addition, this sample reflects the degree requirements for students who began their college education in Fall of 2013 or later. If you started college coursework prior to Fall of 2013, your degree requirements may be different.

There are also quality requirements (minimum GPA) and residency requirements (number of classes taken at UWM).

Students who are interested in graduate work in biochemistry should follow the Standard Chemistry Major with a Biochemical Option.

 

Biochemistry Major Requirements

The biochemistry major differs from the standard chemistry major with a biochemical option in a number of ways intended to provide for students a more intensive education in biochemistry so that they are prepared for work in the biochemical industry upon completing their baccalaureate degree. Students who are interested in graduate work in biochemistry should follow the standard chemistry major with a biochemical option.

There are three options in the biochemistry major:

  • Biochemistry General Option
  • Biochemistry with Clinical Pharmacology Option
  • Biochemistry with Industrial Fermentation and Biotechnology Option (which is offered jointly with the Department of Biological Sciences)

Requirements

Students must complete the courses listed below, including at least 15 upper-division (numbered 300 and above) credits in the major in residence at UWM. The College of Letters & Science requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Biochemistry General Option

Required
CHEM 102
CHEM 104
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
10
CHEM 221Elementary Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 343Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 344Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 345Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 560Biophysical Chemistry3
CHEM 501Introduction to Biochemistry3
Select two of the following:6
CHEM 601
Biochemistry: Protein Structure and Function
CHEM 602
Biochemistry: Cellular Processes
CHEM 604
Biochemistry: Metabolism
CHEM 603Introduction to Biochemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 691Senior Research (satisfies L&S research requirement)1-4
or CHEM 692 Senior Thesis
BIO SCI 150Foundations of Biological Sciences I4
BIO SCI 325Genetics4
PHYSICS 120
PHYSICS 121
General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment)
and General Physics Laboratory I (Non-Calculus Treatment)
5
PHYSICS 122
PHYSICS 123
General Physics II (Non-Calculus Treatment)
and General Physics Laboratory II (Non-Calculus Treatment)
5
MATH 213Calculus with Life Sciences Applications4
MTHSTAT 215Elementary Statistical Analysis3
Biological Science Electives
Select 7 credits (see below)7
Total Credits69-72
Biological Science Electives
BIO SCI 315Cell Biology3
BIO SCI 316Laboratory in Genetics and Cell Biology2
BIO SCI 356Developmental Biology3
BIO SCI 383General Microbiology4
BIO SCI 401Immunology3
BIO SCI 402Immunological Techniques3
BIO SCI 405General Virology3
BIO SCI 455Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology3
BIO SCI 490Molecular Genetics3
BIO SCI 529Molecular Biology of Microorganisms3
BIO SCI 539Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Biology4
BIO SCI 540Microbial Diversity and Physiology3
BIO SCI 564Endocrinology3
BIO SCI 572Functional Genomics3
BIO SCI 573Cellular Evolution3
BIO SCI 580Experimental Microbiology4

Clinical Pharmacology Option

CHEM 102
CHEM 104
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
10
CHEM 343Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 344Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 345Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 560Biophysical Chemistry3
CHEM 501Introduction to Biochemistry3
Select two of the following:6
CHEM 601
Biochemistry: Protein Structure and Function
CHEM 602
Biochemistry: Cellular Processes
CHEM 604
Biochemistry: Metabolism
CHEM 603Introduction to Biochemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 691Senior Research (satisfies L&S research requirement)1-4
or CHEM 692 Senior Thesis
BIO SCI 150Foundations of Biological Sciences I4
BIO SCI 152Foundations of Biological Sciences II4
BIO SCI 202Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO SCI 325Genetics4
BIO SCI 383General Microbiology4
BIO SCI 596Neuropharmacology3
PHYSICS 120
PHYSICS 121
General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment)
and General Physics Laboratory I (Non-Calculus Treatment)
5
MATH 213Calculus with Life Sciences Applications4
MTHSTAT 215Elementary Statistical Analysis3
BMS 427Clinical Immunology3
BMS 428Clinical Immunology Laboratory1
BMS 431Clinical Chemistry3
BMS 432Clinical Chemistry Laboratory Theory & Operations1
BMS 560Molecular and Genetic Diagnostics2
BMS 561Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory1
BMS 610Pharmacology3
Total Credits82-85

Industrial Fermentation and Biotechnology Option

CHEM 102
CHEM 104
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
10
CHEM 343Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 344Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 345Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 560Biophysical Chemistry3
CHEM 501Introduction to Biochemistry3
Select two of the following:
CHEM 601
Biochemistry: Protein Structure and Function
CHEM 602
Biochemistry: Cellular Processes
CHEM 604
Biochemistry: Metabolism
CHEM 603Introduction to Biochemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 691Senior Research (satisfies L&S research requirement)1-4
or CHEM 692 Senior Thesis
BIO SCI 150Foundations of Biological Sciences I4
BIO SCI 325Genetics4
BIO SCI 383General Microbiology4
BIO SCI 536Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology3
CHEM 541Bioprocess Chemical Engineering3
CHEM 537Industrial Microbiology and Biochemistry Laboratory2
CHEM/BIO SCI 543Bioproduct Regulatory Protocols Laboratory3
CHEM 489Internship in Chemistry, Upper Division (with "Science Career Transitions" focus)1-6
CHEM 489Internship in Chemistry, Upper Division (satisfies L&S research requirement)1-6
PHYSICS 120
PHYSICS 121
General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment)
and General Physics Laboratory I (Non-Calculus Treatment)
5
MATH 213Calculus with Life Sciences Applications4
MTHSTAT 215Elementary Statistical Analysis3
Total Credits64-77

In order to take CHEM 691 or CHEM 692, students must complete this application and submit a copy of their unofficial transcript (free from the Registrar’s Office) to the Undergraduate Advisor, Mrs. Gloria Freschl.

4 Year Plan

Our four-year plan shows one possible route to completing a BS degree in biochemistry in four years.

Because there are many requirements and many pathways depending on your particular circumstances, it is very important to meet with your Letters & Science advisor at least once a semester to make sure you are on-track. Some classes may count towards more than one requirement and with early planning, you can save yourself time and money.

Sample Study Plan

Year 1
Fall Credits
L&S Humanities/International
3
ENGLISH 101
Introduction to College Writing
3
1st semester Foreign Language
3-5
CHEM 100
Chemical Science (NS)
4
MATH 105
Introduction to College Algebra (QL-A)
3
Spring Credits
MATH 115
Precalculus
4
ENGLISH 102
College Writing and Research
3
2nd Semester Foreign Language
3-5
CHEM 102
General Chemistry (NS+)
5
Year 2
Fall Credits
BIO SCI 150
Foundations of Biological Sciences I (NS+)
4
OWC-B course
3
CHEM 104
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis (NS+)
5
MATH 213
Calculus with Life Sciences Applications (QL-B)
4
Spring Credits
BIO SCI 325
Genetics
4
L&S Social Science/International
3
CHEM 343
Organic Chemistry
3
CHEM 221
Elementary Quantitative Analysis
4
MTHSTAT 215
Elementary Statistical Analysis
3
Year 3
Fall Credits
L&S Social Science
3
CHEM 560
Biophysical Chemistry
3
PHYSICS 120
General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment) (NS+)
and PHYSICS 121
General Physics Laboratory I (Non-Calculus Treatment)
5
CHEM 345
Organic Chemistry
3
CHEM 344
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
2
Spring Credits
PHYSICS 122
General Physics II (Non-Calculus Treatment) (NS+)
and PHYSICS 123
General Physics Laboratory II (Non-Calculus Treatment)
5
L&S Social Science
3
Bio Sci Upper-level elective
3-4
L&S Humanities
3
CHEM 501
Introduction to Biochemistry
3
Year 4
Fall Credits
L&S Social Science/International
3
L&S upper-level elective
3
Bio Sci Upper-level elective
3-4
CHEM 601
Biochemistry: Protein Structure and Function
3
CHEM 603
Introduction to Biochemistry Laboratory
2
Spring Credits
Arts GER
3
L&S Humanities/Cultural Diversity
3
L&S Upper-level elective, natural science if needed
3-4
CHEM 691
Senior Research
or CHEM 692
Senior Thesis
2-6
CHEM 602
Biochemistry: Cellular Processes
3

Key
(A) Arts GER (Int’l) International
(HU) Humanities (QL-A) Quantitative Literacy A
(NS) Natural Science (QL-B) Quantitative Literacy B
(SS) Social Science (OWC-A) Oral and Written Communication A
(CD) Cultural Diversity GER (OWC-B) Oral and Written Communication B