These requirements are for students who matriculated in academic year 2023-2024. Students who matriculated prior to fall 2023 should refer to the Archives to view the requirements for their Bulletin year.

Bachelor of Science Requirements

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • Students must complete all University requirements including those listed below.
    • All undergraduate students must complete at least two writing-intensive courses for a total of at least six credits at Temple as part of their major. The specific writing-intensive course options for this major are:
      BIOL 2297Research Techniques in Genetics (S)3
      CHEM 4196Techniques of Chemical Measurement II5
      CHEM 4496Research Techniques in Biochemistry4
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete CST majors receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements
    • A minimum of 90 total credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST), the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), and/or the College of Engineering (ENG). 
      • A minimum of 45 of these credits must be upper-level (courses numbered 2000 and above).
    • Complete a one-credit first-year or transfer seminar.
      • SCTC 1001 CST First Year Seminar for every entering first-year CST student.
      • SCTC 2001 CST Transfer Seminar for every entering transfer CST student.
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (79-83 s.h.)
    At least 10 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 4 Biology and 4 Chemistry courses must be completed at Temple.
    Select one of the following:4
    CHEM 1031
    CHEM 1033
    General Chemistry I
    and General Chemistry Laboratory I
    CHEM 1951
    CHEM 1953
    Honors General Chemical Science I
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    CHEM 1032
    CHEM 1034
    General Chemistry II
    and General Chemistry Laboratory II
    CHEM 1952
    CHEM 1954
    Honors General Chemical Science II
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory II (S)
    Select one of the following:4
    CHEM 2201
    CHEM 2203
    Organic Chemistry I
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
    CHEM 2211
    CHEM 2213
    Organic Chemistry for Majors I
    and Organic Majors Laboratory I (F)
    CHEM 2921
    CHEM 2923
    Organic Chemistry for Honors I
    and Organic Honors Laboratory I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    CHEM 2202
    CHEM 2204
    Organic Chemistry II
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
    CHEM 2212
    CHEM 2214
    Organic Chemistry for Majors II
    and Organic Majors Laboratory II (S)
    CHEM 2922
    CHEM 2924
    Organic Chemistry for Honors II
    and Organic Honors Laboratory II (S)
    CHEM 3103
    CHEM 3105
    Techniques of Chemical Measurement I
    and Introduction to Chemical Research Techniques
    CHEM 3405Physical Chemistry of Biomolecules3
    CHEM 4401Biochemistry I3
    CHEM 4496Research Techniques in Biochemistry4
    BIOL 1111Introduction to Organismal Biology4
    or BIOL 1911 Honors Introduction to Organismal Biology
    Select one of the following:4
    BIOL 1112
    Introduction to Biomolecules, Cells and Genomes
    or BIOL 1912
    Honors Introduction to Biomolecules, Cells and Genomes
    BIOL 2112
    Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    or BIOL 2912
    Honors Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    BIOL 2207Genetics (S)3
    BIOL 2297Research Techniques in Genetics (S) 13
    BIOL 3204Cell Structure and Function (F)4
    BIOL 3324Molecular Biology (S)3
    BIOL 4376General Biochemistry II (F)3
    Biochemistry Electives
    Select three of the following: 19-13
    BIOL 3113
    Genome Analytics
    BIOL 3128
    Genomics and Infectious Disease Dynamics (F)
    BIOL 3201
    Human Genetics (F)
    BIOL 3212
    Introduction to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
    BIOL 3225
    Evolutionary Genetics (S)
    BIOL 3232
    Behavioral Genetics (F)
    BIOL 3243
    Parasitology (Not offered every year)
    BIOL 3265
    Developmental Biology (F)
    BIOL 3301
    Advanced Cell Biology (S)
    BIOL 3317
    General Microbiology (S)
    BIOL 3322
    Biology of Plants (F)
    BIOL 3325
    Research Techniques in Molecular Biology (S)
    BIOL 3327
    Immunology (S)
    BIOL 3328
    Virology (F)
    BIOL 3329
    Developmental Genetics (Not offered every year)
    BIOL 3333
    Advanced Techniques in Microscopy (S)
    BIOL 3334
    Mammalian Physiology (S)
    BIOL 3352
    Systems Neuroscience
    BIOL 3356
    Organization and Development of the Nervous System (S)
    BIOL 3358
    Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (S)
    BIOL 3361
    Molecular Neuropharmacology (Not offered every year)
    BIOL 3367
    Endocrinology (F)
    BIOL 3368
    Biology of Cancer (S)
    BIOL 3371
    Cell Proliferation (S)
    BIOL 3373
    Cell Signaling (S)
    BIOL 3374
    Physical Biochemistry (S)
    BIOL 3379
    Biotechnology (S)
    BIOL 3380
    Contemporary Biology
    BIOL 3396
    Scientific Writing for Biology: The Art of Communicating (S)
    BIOL 3403
    Genomic Biology
    BIOL 4338
    Epigenetics (Not offered every year)
    BIOL 4341
    Genome Editing
    BIOL 4364
    Biochemistry of Embryogenesis (F)
    BIOL 4365
    Evolutionary Developmental Biology: Evo-Devo (S)
    BIOL 4366
    Stem Cell Biology (F)
    BIOL 4375
    General Biochemistry I (F)
    BIOL 4483
    Accelerated Research in Biochemistry 2
    BIOL 4491
    Research in Biochemistry 2
    CHEM 3001
    Inorganic Chemistry
    CHEM 3301
    Physical Chemistry Lecture I
    CHEM 3302
    Physical Chemistry Lecture II
    CHEM 3881
    Cooperative Research 2
    CHEM 3891
    Undergraduate Research 2
    CHEM 4000-4800
    CHEM 4881
    Cooperative Research 2
    CHEM 4891
    Undergraduate Research 2
    MATH 2043
    Calculus III
    or MATH 2943
    Honors Calculus III
    MATH 1041Calculus I4
    or MATH 1941 Honors Calculus I
    MATH 1042Calculus II4
    or MATH 1942 Honors Calculus II
    Select one of the following:4
    PHYS 1061
    Elementary Classical Physics I
    PHYS 1961
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F)
    PHYS 2021
    General Physics I
    PHYS 2921
    Honors General Physics I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    PHYS 1062
    Elementary Classical Physics II
    PHYS 1962
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics II (S)
    PHYS 2022
    General Physics II
    PHYS 2922
    Honors General Physics II (S)
    Total Credit Hours79-83
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course

    This course has a co-requisite of BIOL 2207.


    A minimum of 6 credits of these research courses, in any combination, may be used to fulfill one of the Biochemistry Electives.

    Note: Grades of C- or higher are required unless otherwise specified in all courses for the major, including course prerequisites. Most research and Independent Study courses are not available for major credit, such as:

    BIOL 3091Research Methods3
    BIOL 3681Cooperative Studies2 to 4
    BIOL 3685Externship Studies3
    BIOL 4291Extradepartmental Research1 to 4
    BIOL 4391Accelerated Research in Biology1-4
    BIOL 4591Research in Neuroscience1 to 4