This degree in biochemistry requires 41 credits in chemistry and 12 credits in biology. Designed for students who plan to pursue graduate study or careers in biochemistry or medical research, it is approved by the American Chemical Society for the training of professional chemists. It does not require any minor or second major.

In addition to completing the required courses, Valpo encourages students to conduct undergraduate research. A wide selection of instruments is maintained for student use in instructional laboratory work and research.

All majors are also expected to attend the weekly chemistry colloquium, CHEM 499, every semester.

Foundations

B.S. students in biochemistry at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.S. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical thinking skills while introducing global cultures and traditions.

Chemistry Courses
41 credits
One course from the following options:

  • CHEM 121 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 131 General Chemistry I – Honors
4 credits
One course from the following options:

  • CHEM 122 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 132 General Chemistry II – Honors
4 credits
CHEM 190 Introduction to Chemical Research (7 weeks) 1 credit
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II 4 credits
CHEM 230 Quantitative Analysis 4 credits
CHEM 315 Biochemistry I 3 credits
CHEM 316 Biochemistry II 3 credits
CHEM 317 Biochemistry Laboratory 1 credit
CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry I 4 credits
CHEM 322 Physical Chemistry II 4 credits
CHEM 421 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 495 Special Problems in Chemistry
(The research conducted in CHEM 495 should be in the area of biochemistry. It may also be taken as BIO 495, or the Honors Work sequence CHEM 497 and 498.)
2 credits
Biology Courses
12 credits
BIO 171 Unity of Life 4 credits
BIO 270 Genetics and Genome Evolution 4 credits
One course from the following options:

  • BIO 450 Molecular Biology
  • BIO 460 Cell Biology
4 credits
TOTAL 53 credits
Additional courses required for ACS Certification:
PHYS 141 and 142
and associated labs
Newtonian Mechanics; Electricity, Magnetism and Waves 8 credits
MATH 260 and 270 Linear Systems and Matrices; Ordinary Differential Equations 4 credits
Suggested Curriculum for Biochemistry Majors
Fall Spring Notes
First Year
General Chem 121 (or 131) 4 General Chem 122 (or 132) 4

Other = KIN and humanities, or social science, or diversity

(KIN must be taken first year)

Chem Colloquium 499 0 Intro Chem Res 190 1
Math 131 4 Chem Colloquium 499 0
Freshman Core 5 Math 132 4
Other 1-4 Freshman Core 5
14-17 Other 0-3
14-17
Second Year
Organic Chem 221 4 Organic Chem 222 4 Other = THEO 200 and humanities, or social science, or diversity
Chem Colloquium 499 0 Quant Analysis 230 4
Phys 141 4 Chem Colloquium 499 0
Bio 171 or Math 260/270 4 Phys 142 4
Other 3 Other 3
15 15
Third Year
Physical Chem 321 4 Physical Chem 322 4 Other = Humanities, or social science, or diversity, or THEO Level 300, or other electives
Biochemistry 315* 3 Biochemistry 316* 3
Chem Colloquium 499 0 Biochemistry 317* 1
Math 260/270 or Bio 171 4 Chem Colloquium 499 0
Other 3-6 Bio 270 4
14-17 Other 3
15
Fourth Year
Inorganic Chem 421 3 Chem Colloquium 499 0 Other = THEO Level 300 or other electives
Chem Colloquium 499 0 Chem or Bio Research 495** 1
Chem or Bio Research 495** 1 (Bio 450)*** (4)
(Bio 460)*** (4)  Other 12-15
Other 9-12 13-17
13-17

*Could be taken either third or fourth year.
**Could be taken either third or fourth year. Min. 2 credits total. Must be biochemistry-related.
***One elective course in Biology is required, either Bio 450 or 460.
Note – Bio 172 is not required for biochemistry majors, but should be taken by pre-meds.

General-education requirements: Freshman Core – 10 Cr., Theology – 6 Cr., Humanities – 6 Cr., Diversity – 3–8 Cr., Social Science – 6 Cr., Math – 4 Cr., KIN 100 – 1 Cr.

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 Courses in Chemistry

 

Investigate the fundamental nature of matter and the science of transformation through courses offered by the Valparaiso University Department of Chemistry.

 

 Courses in Biology

 

Discover the fascinating variety of living organisms and the interdependent communities they form through the many hands-on courses offered by the Valparaiso University Department of Biology.