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.

 

Requirements

Core Chemistry (25 Credits)
  • CHEM 102 - General Chemistry, 5 credits
  • CHEM 104 - General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis, 5 credits
  • CHEM 221 - Elementary Quantitative Analysis, 4 credits
  • CHEM 343 - Organic Chemistry, 3 credits
  • CHEM 344 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory, 2 credits
  • CHEM 345 - Organic Chemistry, 3 credits
  • CHEM 560 - Biophysical Chemistry, 3 credits
Required Mathematics (10 Credits)
  • MATH 205 - Introductory Finite Mathematics, 3 credits
  • MATH 211 - Survey in Calculus and Analytic Geometry, 4 credits
  • MTHSTAT 215 - Elementary Statistical Analysis, 3 credits
Required Physics (non-calculus-based) (10 Credits)
  • PHYSICS 120 - General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment), 4 credits
  • PHYSICS 121 - General Physics Laboratory I (Non-Calculus Treatment), 1 credit
  • PHYSICS 122 - General Physics II (Non-Calculus Treatment), 4 credits
  • PHYSICS 123 - General Physics Laboratory II (Non-Calculus Treatment), 1 credit
Biochemistry (9 Credits)
  • CHEM 501 - Introduction to Biochemistry, 3 credits
  • Two courses selected from
    • CHEM 601 - Biochemistry: Protein Structure and Function, 3 credits
    • CHEM 602 - Biochemistry: Cellular Processes, 3 credits
    • CHEM 604 - Biochemistry: Metabolism, 3 credits
Biochemistry Lab (2 Credits)
  • CHEM 603 - Introduction to Biochemistry Laboratory, 2 credits
Biological Sciences (15 Credits)
  • BIOSCI 150 - Foundations of Biological Sciences I, 4 credits
  • BIOSCI 325 - Genetics, 4 credits
  • 7 credits from the following
    • BIOSCI 315 - Cell Biology, 3 credits
    • BIOSCI 356 - Developmental Biology, 3 credits
    • BIOSCI 383 - General Microbiology, 4 credits
    • BIOSCI 401 - Immunology, 2 credits
    • BIOSCI 402 - Immunological Techniques, 3 credits
    • BIOSCI 405 - General Virology, 3 credits
    • BIOSCI 490 - Molecular Genetics, 3 credits
    • BIOSCI 529 - Molecular Biology of Microorganisms, 3 credits
    • BIOSCI 539 - Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Biology, 4 credits
    • BIOSCI 540 - Microbial Diversity and Physiology, 3 credits
    • BIOSCI 564 [630]- Endocrinology, 3 credits
    • BIOSCI 573 - Cellular Evolution, 3 credits
    • BIOSCI 580 - Experimental Microbiology, 4 credits
    • BIOSCI 667 - Advanced Techniques in Microbial, Molecular and Cellular Biology: (Subtitled), 4 credits
Independent Research (1-6 credits)
  • CHEM 691 - Senior Research, 2-4 credits
    or
    CHEM 692 - Senior Thesis, 2-6 credits
Additional Requirements

At least 15 credits must be taken in chemistry courses numbered 300 or above in residence at UWM. Undergraduate research is encouraged strongly. In some cases, students may start research with a faculty member as early as their freshman year. Information about research opportunities may be obtained from the department office or from SAACS (the American Chemical Society student affiliate group).

GPA Requirements

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.500 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.500 GPA on all credits attempted, including any transfer work.

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
Intermediate Algebra (QL-A)
3
Spring Credits
MATH 211
Survey in Calculus and Analytic Geometry (QL-B)
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 205
Introductory Finite Mathematics
3
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