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Biochemistry

Dr. Shohreh Amini, Chair

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

Dr. Robert Levis, Chair

Dr. Robert Stanley, Advisor
Chemistry Department

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


Bachelor of Science Requirements for the Major

The biochemistry degree consists of fundamental biology and chemistry courses plus biochemistry lecture and laboratory courses: Chemistry 4401 (Biochemistry I), Biology 4376 (General Biochemistry II), and Biology 4344 (Research Techniques in Biochemistry).   In addition to these, the following courses are required:  Calculus I, II, III; General Chemistry I, II with labs; Organic Chemistry I, II with labs; calculus-based physics I, II; Biology 1111, 2112, 2296*, 3096, 3324; Chemistry 3105, 3196*, 3301; two biochemistry electives selected from the following: Biology 3201, 3265, 3301, 3317, 3325, 3327, 3328, 3334, 3352, 3363, 3367, 3371, 3374, 3380; Chemistry 3302, 4001, 4196, 4201, 4405.

 

Writing Intensive Requirement for Bachelor of Science

Students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major.  Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement:  Biology 2296*, Biology 3096, Chemistry 3196*, or Chemistry 4196.

*Pending writing-intensive program approval.

Year 1 – Fall Semester                 
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry
1031
1033

1041
1043

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

3
1

3
1
SA
SA

SA
SA

SA
SA
Mathematics

Mathematics
1041

1941
Calculus I
     or
Honors Calculus I
4

4
QB

QB
Subtotal     8  

Year 1 – Spring Semester        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology

Biology
1111

1911
Introduction to Biology
     or
Honors Introduction to Biology
4

4


SA
Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry
1032
1034

1042
1044

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

3
1

3
1
SB
SB

SB
SB

SB
SB
Mathematics

Mathematics
1042

1942
Calculus II
     or
Honors Calculus II
4

4
 
Subtotal     12  

Year 2 – Fall Semester        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology

Biology
2112

2912
Introduction to Biology
     or
Honors Introduction to Biology
4

4


SB
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






SA
SA
Physics

Physics
2021

1061
General Physics I
     or
Elementary Classical Physics I
4

4


SA
Subtotal     12  

Year 2 – Spring Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology 2296* Genetics 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 II for Majors 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


SB
Subtotal     12  

Year 3 – Fall Semester       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology 3096 Cell Structure & Function 4 WI
Chemistry 3196* Techniques of Chemical Measurement I 3 WI
Chemistry 3105 Intro. to Chemical Research Techniques 1  
Mathematics 2043 Calculus III 4  
Subtotal     12  

Year 3 – Spring Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Chemistry 3301 Physical Chemistry Lecture I 3  
Chemistry 4401 Biochemistry I 3  
Subtotal     6  

Year 4 – Fall Semester        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology 3324 Molecular Biology 3  
Biology 4376 General Biochemistry II 3  
Biochemistry   Elective**      3-4  
Subtotal     9-10  

Year 4 – Spring Semester        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology 4344 Research Techniques in Biochemistry 4  
Biochemistry   Elective** 3-5  
Subtotal     7-9  
Credits in Coursework for B.S. in Biochemistry 78-81
General Education / Elective Credits 42-45
Total Credits for B.S. Degree 123

*Pending writing intensive program approval.

**Biochemistry Electives

**Biochemistry Electives      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Students are required to take two advanced biochemistry electives selected from the following list:   
Biology 3201 Human Genetics 3  
Biology 3265 Embryology 4  
Biology 3301 Cell Biology 3  
Biology 3317 General Microbiology 4  
Biology 3325 Research Techniques in Molecular Biology 4  
Biology 3327 Immunology 3  
Biology 3328 Virology 3  
Biology 3334 Mammalian Physiology 4  
Biology 3352 Systems Neuroscience (formerly Neurobiology) 3  
Biology 3363 Mammalian Development 3  
Biology 3367 Endocrinology 3  
Biology 3371 Cell Proliferation 3  
Biology 3374 Physical Biochemistry 3  
Biology 3380 Contemporary Biology 3  
Chemistry 3302 Physical Chemistry Lecture II 3  
Chemistry 4001 Inorganic Chemistry 3  
Chemistry 4196 Techniques of Chemical Measurement II 5 WI
Chemistry 4201 Organic Structure & Mechanisms 3  
Chemistry 4405 Biophysical Chemistry 3  
         
Notes:  
1. Other courses may be acceptable with the permission of one of the biochemistry advisors.
2. Two semesters of Undergraduate Research (Biology 4391/4491 or Chemistry 3891/4891) for
a minimum of 6 credits can fulfill one of the Biochemistry electives.

 

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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