Biochemistry Major


This major is administered jointly by the Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry.
 
Chris Yahnke, Chair, Department of Biology
Room 167A, Trainer Natural Resources Building
Phone: 715-346-2159
E-mail: biology@uwsp.edu
Web: http://www.uwsp.edu/biology


Paul Hladky, Chair, Department of Chemistry
Room D129, Science Building
Phone: 715-346-3711
E-mail: chemistry@uwsp.edu
Web: http://www.uwsp.edu/chemistry

Biochemistry is a major that combines the knowledge of biology and chemistry to explain life processes in terms of molecular structure and chemical reactions within living cells. This interdisciplinary major has a chemistry-based curriculum, coupled with a significant biology component. The role of a biochemist is to look for understanding of organismal diversity in the principles and concepts of chemistry and physics, as well as in the structure, mechanisms and chemical processes that are common to all organisms. The biochemistry major provides the student with a course of study that links biological sciences, like molecular biology and genetics, to physical sciences, like chemistry and physics. In addition, the biochemistry major combines the interdisciplinary foundation inherent to biochemistry with all the advantages of a liberal arts education.

 

If you are interested in the biochemistry major, then complete details about the curricula are available in the Student Handbook for the Department of Chemistry or in the course catalog. We also encourage you to read the notes under the chemistry and biology​ majors in the course catalog because all items in those sections also apply to the biochemistry Major.

 

The Department of Biology encourages you to graduate in four years. Below is a suggested sequence of courses that was designed to illustrate how a student could successfully complete the biochemistry major in 4 years.

 

 Year One

 
Fall Semester
Course Credits
Biology 130 Introduction to Plant Biology
5
Chemistry 105 or 117 5
English 101 or 150 3
Wellness​ 1
  Total Credits: 14

Spring Semester
Course Credits
Biology 160 Introduction to Animal Biology 5
Chemistry 106 5
English 102 or 150 3
Communication 101
2
  Total Credits: 15
 

 Year Two

 
Fall Semester
Course Credits
Biology 210 Priciples of Genetics
3
Chemistry 325 Organic Chemistry
4
Math 120 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
3
General Education or electives​ 4
  Total Credits: 14

Spring Semester
Course Credits
Biology 281 or 285 (Physiology) 4
Chemistry 326 Organic Chemistry 4
Math 355 Elementary Statistical Methods 4
General Education or electives
4
  Total Credits: 16
 

 Year Three

 
Fall Semester
Course Credits
Biology 314 Cell Biology
4
Chemistry 248 Quantitative Analysis
4
Physics 203 College Physics I
5
General Education or electives​ 3
  Total Credits: 16

Spring Semester
Course Credits
Biochem/Chem 365 Biochemistry 4
Physics 204 College Physics II 5
Biology/Chemistry/Math elective 3+
General Education or electives
3
  Total Credits: 15+
 

 Year Four

 
Fall Semester
Course Credits
Biochemistry/Biology 318 Principles of Molecular Biology
3
Biochemistry/Biology 319 Techniques in Molecular Biology
2
Biochemistry/Biology 490 Senior Seminar
1
Biology/Chemistry/Math elective​ 3+
​General Education or electives​ ​6
  Total Credits: 15+

Spring Semester
Course Credits
Biochemistry/Chemistry 333 Biophysical Chemsitry 3
Biology/Chemistry/Math elective 2+
General Education or electives 10
  Total Credits: 15+
Notes:
  • The above schedule assumes that the student places into English 101 and Math 120. The following courses are also offered during summer session: English 101 and 102; Math 120 and 355; Chemistry 105, 106, and 248.
  • "Cultural aware" refers to the broad category of Critical Thinking / Cultural Awareness courses offered by the University. Students must take a minimum of 21 credits from this category.
  • Students taking Chem 117 in the fall may take Chem 248 or Chem 325 in the spring.