Department of Chemistry, College of Science and Engineering
Why Consider a Biochemistry Major?
This major is part of an interdisciplinary program between the biology and chemistry departments at Western. The BS degree in biochemistry (with greater emphasis on the physical chemical theory behind biological chemistry) is offered via the chemistry department, whereas a BS degree in cellular and molecular biology (with a different emphasis) is offered via the biology department. The requirements for the BS in biochemistry are listed below. For the cellular and molecular biology degree program, see the Biology Department section of this catalog.
The Biochemistry major provides many benefits to students through coursework and research opportunities, and is designed to meet diverse career goals. There is close student-faculty contact and relatively small classes. The students have direct access to modern laboratory equipment and instrumentation, and there are opportunities for research work under the direction of a faculty advisor.
This program is specifically designed for students who seek graduate study or employment in biochemistry or molecular biology.
Chemistry Department Chair
P. Clint Spiegel
Chemistry Building 270A
Chemistry Program Coordinators
Chemistry Building 270
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How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):
Admission to the Bachelor of Science major in biochemistry is selective and based upon preparation and prior academic performance. Application may be made through the chemistry department, Chemistry Building 270. Admission to the biochemistry major will be in two phases. Students will be designated Phase I majors until they have completed CHEM 161, CHEM 162, CHEM 163, CHEM 351 and CHEM 352 and BIOL 205. Students will be admitted to Phase II based on their performance in Phase I. Students with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the Phase I courses will be given preferential admission to Phase II. Students with a grade point average below 3.0 will be considered on a case by case basis for remaining spaces in the major. Note that neither completion of the prerequisites nor attainment of any specific GPA guarantees admission to Phase II. See the department’s website for more details.
A typical four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry is described on the department’s website.
A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.