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B.S. Degree in Biochemistry

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It is widely understood that as in all science and engineering fields, minorities are acutely underrepresented in Biochemistry and the biomedical workforce. The newly established Bachelor of Science degree program in Biochemistry will provide chemistry and other science students an expanded field of career options. This will be a welcomed development for many of the students in the School of Science who have shown an interest and are keen in pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry.

With the implementation of this program, the Department of Chemistry will offer two baccalaureate degrees: a B.S. degree in Chemistry and a B.S. degree in Biochemistry. Both degrees will be certified by the American Chemical Society. The Forensic chemistry program that was established five years ago will continue to be offered as an option within the Chemistry curriculum.

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Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes in living organisms. It deals with the structure and functions of cellular components, such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and other biomolecules. Biochemistry combines biology with organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and physical chemistry to elucidate the mechanisms by which living things obtain energy from food; the chemical basis of heredity; and biological changes related to disease.

Our program represents a carefully designed curriculum that combines key topics in biological, chemical, mathematical and other sciences to provide the student an educational experience leading to an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry.  The program will place Hampton University in a rather unique position in three respects: (1) we will be one of very few institutions that offer an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry; only three other HBCUs offer this degree; (2) it will promote our visibility for student recruitment and also enhance our competitiveness for research and other programmatic grants; and (3) the program will provide a suitable medical/biomedical career path alternative for the large number of students who matriculate at HU with medical careers in mind.


Curriculum Outline – B.S. Biochemistry (American Chemical Society Certification)

Freshman Year
Semester
1st
2nd
Chemistry 201-202 (General Chemistry)
4
4
English 101-102 (English Composition I&II)
3
3
History 106 (World Civilization)
3
-
COM 103 (Oral Communication)
-
3
Mathematics 151 - 152 (Calculus I&II)
4
4
Health Education
2
-
SOC 205 (Introduction to Sociology)
-
3
Freshman Orientation
1
-
Total
17
17
Sophomore Year
Semester
1st
2nd
Chemistry 301-302 (Organic Chemistry I&II)
4
4
Biology 105-106 (Introduction to Biology I&II)
4
4
Humanities
3
3
Physics 203-204 (Physics I&II)
3
3
Physics 215-216 (Physics Labs)
1
1
CHE 214 (Basic Research Topics in Chemistry)
1
-
Total
16
15
Junior Year
Semester
1st
2nd
Chemistry 303-304 (Intro to Biochemistry I&II)
4
4
Statistics Elective
-
2
Chemistry 313 (Quantitative Analysis)
4
-
Chemistry 401 (Physical Chemistry I)
4
-
PSY 203 (Introduction to Psychology)
-
3
Biology, or MES or Chemistry Elective
3
3
Total
15
12
Senior Year
Semester
1st
2nd
Chemistry 405-406 (Chemistry Seminar I&II)
1
1
Chemistry 501-502 (Biochemistry I&II)
4
4
CHE 506 (Physical Biochemistry)
3
-
Chemistry 512 (Bio-Inorganic Chemistry)
-
3
CHE 414-415 (Chemistry Research Application)
3
3
CHE 508 (Bio-Organic Chemistry)
-
3
Biology, or MES or Chemistry Elective
3
_
Total
14
14
Total Credit Hours within this degree
120

Chemistry Elective is any 400 or 500 level Chemistry course.

Instead of CHE 508 Bioorganic Chemistry (3), students may take CHE 407 Intermediate Organic (3). Research courses may be substituted for chemistry electives. Instead of CHE 408 Advanced Analytical Chemistry, students may take a CHE elective. CHE electives include all 400 and 500 level courses offered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Biology or Marine Environmental Science elective courses may be selected from the following list: BIO 301, Comparative Anatomy; BIO 302, Human Anatomy; BIO 304, General Microbiology; BIO 305, Principles of Heredity; BIO 312, Molecular Biology; BIO 336, Human Physiology; BIO 412, Gene Expression and Control; BIO 415, Fundamentals of Cell Biology; BIO 502, Advanced Genetics; BIO 503, General and Cellular Physiology; BIO 512, Cell Biology; BIO 513, Immunology; BIO 514 Virology; BIO 515, Parasitology; MES 311, Renewable Energy; MES 510, Environmental Toxicology or other biology courses with permission of chair.

Students may choose a Statistics elective (2/3) that will enhance their chosen research and career interests from the following list: MAT 224, Introduction to Mathematical & Statistical Software Packages I; MAT 324, Introduction to Mathematical & Statistical Software Packages II; MAT 205, Introduction to Statistics; MAT 305, Probability and Statistics; PHA 332, Biostatistics and Epidemiology; MES 210, Biometry: Introduction to Environmental Statistics; or equivalent courses with permission of chair.

More advanced level calculus courses may be substituted for MAT 151 and MAT 152. More advanced level biology courses may be substituted for BIO 105 and BIO 106. More advanced level physics courses may be substituted for PHY 203 and PHY 204. We maintain a curriculum that allows students to start from MAT 151/152. Students with acceptable scores in AP Calculus, Physics, AP Chemistry, and AP BIO, AP English or other courses can get credit for equivalent courses in the curriculum.

Humanities sequence includes Humanities 201 and Humanities elective.