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Biochemistry

Dr. Allen Nicholson, Chair

Dr. Frank Chang, Faculty Advisor
Biology Department
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 301
215-204-8843
frank.chang@temple.edu

Dr. Robert Levis, Chair

Dr. David Dalton, Faculty Advisor

Beury Hall, Room 342

215-204-7138

david.dalton@temple.edu

Dr. Spiridoula Matsika, Faculty Advisor

Beury Hall, Room 242

215-204-7703

spiridoula.matsika@temple.edu

Dr. Robert Stanley, Faculty Advisor
Chemistry Department

Beury Hall, Room 250B
215-204-2027
robert.stanley@temple.edu

Bachelor of Science

 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)

  • Mathematics 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major.  Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement:  Biology 2296, Biology 3096 and Chemistry 4196.
  • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
    • The General Education Curriculum consists of approximately 25-26 s.h.  See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.

2. College Requirements

  • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
  • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).

3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (78-81 s.h.)

  • Seven (7) Chemistry courses are required (26 s.h.): Chemistry 1031/1033, 1032/1034, 2201/2203, 2202/2204, 3103/3105, 3301 or 3405, and 4401.
  • Seven (7) Biology courses are required (26 s.h.): Biology 1111 or 1911, 2112 or 2912, 2296, 3096, 3324, 4344 and 4376.  
  • Two (2) Biochemistry Electives selected from the following (6-9 s.h.): Biology 3201, 3265, 3301, 3317, 3325, 3327, 3328, 3334, 3352, 3363, 3367, 3368, 3371, 3374, 3380; Chemistry 3001, 3302, 4196, 4201, 4405.  With approval from the faculty advisor, two semesters of Undergraduate Research (Biology 4391/4491 or Chemistry 3891/4891) for a minimum of 6 credits can be used to fulfill one of the Biochemistry electives.
  • Three (3) Mathematics courses are required (12 s.h.):  Mathematics 1041, 1042 and 2043.
  • Two (2) Physics courses are required (8 s.h.): Physics 1061 or 2021 and 1062 or 2022.

Note: A grade of C or higher in Chemistry 1031 and Chemistry 1032 is required to take Biology 1111 and Biology 2112. A grade of C or higher in Biology 1111 and Biology 2112 is required to take upper-level Biology courses, and a C- or higher is required unless otherwise specified in all other courses for the major, including course prerequisites. Most research and Independent Study courses, such as Biology 3091, 3183, 3681, 4291, 4483, 4491, and 4591, are not available for major credit.

Suggested Semester by Semester Plan

Year 1 – Fall Semester                 
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry
1031
1033

1951
1953
General Chemistry I and
General Chemistry I Laboratory
     or
Honors General Chemistry I and
Honors General Chemistry I Laboratory
3
1

3
1
 
Mathematics

Mathematics
1041

1941
Calculus I
     or
Honors Calculus I
4

4
 
General Education / Elective Credits     7  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 1 – Spring Semester        
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology

Biology
1111

1911
Introduction to Biology I
     or
Honors Introduction to Biology I
4

4
 
Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry
1032
1034

1952
1954
General Chemistry II and
General Chemistry II Laboratory
     or
Honors General Chemistry II and
Honors General Chemistry II Laboratory
3
1

3
1
 
Mathematics

Mathematics
1042

1942
Calculus II
     or
Honors Calculus II
4

4
 
General Education / Elective Credits     3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 2 – Fall Semester        
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology

Biology
2112

2912
Introduction to Biology II
     or
Honors Introduction to Biology II
4

4
 
Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry
2201
2203

2211
2213

2921
2923
Organic Chemistry I and
Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
     or
Organic Chemistry I for Majors and
Organic Chemistry I Laboratory for Majors
     or
Honors Organic Chemistry I and
Honors Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
3
1

3
1

3
1
 
Physics

Physics
2021

1061
General Physics I
     or
Elementary Classical Physics I
4

4
 
General Education / Elective Credits     3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 2 – Spring Semester      
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology 2296 Genetics (S) 4 WI
Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry
2202
2204

2212
2214

2922
2924
Organic Chemistry II and
Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
     or
Organic Chemistry for Majors II and
Organic Chemistry II Laboratory for Majors
     or
Honors Organic Chemistry II and
Honors Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
3
1

3
1

3
1
 
Physics

Physics
2022

1062
General Physics II
     or
Elementary Classical Physics II
4

4
 
General Education / Elective Credits     3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 3 – Fall Semester       
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology 3096 Cell Structure and Function (F) 4 WI
Chemistry 3103 Techniques of Chemical Measurement I 3  
Chemistry 3105 Introduction to Chemical Research Techniques 1  
Mathematics 2043 Calculus III 4  
General Education / Elective Credits     3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 3 – Spring Semester      
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Chemistry

Chemistry*
3301

3405
Physical Chemistry Lecture I
     or
Physical Chemistry of Biomolecules
3

3
 
Chemistry 4401 Biochemistry I (S) 3  
General Education / Elective Credits     10  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 4 – Fall Semester        
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology 3324 Molecular Biology (F) 3  
Biology 4376 General Biochemistry II (F) 3  
Biochemistry   Elective*      3-4  
General Education / Elective Credits     6-7  
Subtotal     15-17  
 
Year 4 – Spring Semester        
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology 4344 Research Techniques in Biochemistry (S) 4  
Biochemistry   Elective* 3-5  
General Education / Elective Credits     7-9  
Subtotal     14-18  
         
Credits in Coursework for B.S. in Biochemistry 78-81  
General Education / Elective Credits 45-42  
Total Credits for B.S. Degree 123  

*NOTE: Biochemistry majors taking this course instead of Chemistry 3301 cannot also receive Biochemistry elective credit for it. Biochemistry majors who want to take Chemistry 4196 or 3397 or 3398 as a Biochemistry elective must take the Chemistry 3301-3302 sequence as Chemistry 3405 does not serve as a prerequisite for these courses or any other course that has 3301 as a prerequisite or co-requisite.

 

(F) - Fall only course.

(S) - Spring only course.

Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.

 

*Biochemistry Electives

Students are required to take two advanced biochemistry electives selected from the following list:
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology 3201 Human Genetics (F) 3  
Biology 3265 Developmental Biology (F) 3  
Biology 3301 Cell Biology (S) 3  
Biology 3317 General Microbiology (S) 4  
Biology 3325 Research Techniques in Molecular Biology (S) 4  
Biology 3327 Immunology (S) 3  
Biology 3328 Virology (F) 3  
Biology 3334 Mammalian Physiology (S) 4  
Biology 3352 Systems Neuroscience 3  
Biology 3363 Mammalian Development 3  
Biology 3367 Endocrinology (F) 3  
Biology 3368 Biology of Cancer (S) 3  
Biology 3371 Cell Proliferation (S) 3  
Biology 3374 Physical Biochemistry (S) 3  
Biology 3380 Contemporary Biology (F) 3  
Chemistry 3001 Inorganic Chemistry (F) 3  
Chemistry 3302 Physical Chemistry Lecture II 3  
Chemistry 4196 Techniques of Chemical Measurement II 5 WI
Chemistry 4201 Organic Structure and Mechanisms (F) 3  
Chemistry 4405 Biophysical Chemistry (S) 3  
         
Notes:  
1. Other courses may be acceptable with the permission of one of the biochemistry faculty advisors.
2. With approval from the faculty advisor, two semesters of Undergraduate Research (Biology 4391/4491 or Chemistry
3891/4891) for a minimum of 6 credits can be used to fulfill one of the Biochemistry electives.

 

Calculation of Major GPA

The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA. This would include Biology 1011, for example.

Distinction in Major

To graduate with Distinction in Major, students are required to achieve a 3.33 GPA or higher in all the Biology and Chemistry courses in their major.

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