Biochemistry BS Requirements

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
Biochemistry: Protein Structure and Function
Biochemistry: Cellular Processes
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 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 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
Biochemistry: Protein Structure and Function
Biochemistry: Cellular Processes
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 5963
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:
Biochemistry: Protein Structure and Function
Biochemistry: Cellular Processes
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 5363
CHEM 541Bioprocess Chemical Engineering3
CHEM 5372
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