Degree Requirements

All students are required to complete overall degree requirements in addition to their major.  Please see Degree Completion Requirements for full details for students entering in the 2022-2023 catalog year. 

Those students who started at Hiram prior to the 2022-2023 academic year will follow the Degree Requirements outlined in your catalog of record.

Major Requirements

Biochemistry majors must complete 15 courses in the natural sciences, not including General Chemistry (CHEM 12000 GEN I:STRUCTURE/BOND-W/LAB:SM, CHEM 12100 GEN II:INTR CHEM ANLS-W/LAB:SM). A student wishing to major in biochemistry must be advised by the biochemistry professor.

Core Courses
BIOL 15200INTRO BIO II W/LAB:SM 14
BIOL 23000MOLECULAR&CELLULAR BIOL-W/LAB4
BIOL 36500GENETICS-W/LAB4
CHEM 22000INTRO TO ORGANIC CHEM-W/LAB4
CHEM 32000INTERMED ORGANIC CHEM-W/LAB4
CHEM 35000PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I-W/LAB4
BCHM 36600BASIC BIOCHEMISTRY-W/LAB4
BCHM 36800INTERMED BIOCHEMISTRY-W/LAB4
Elective Courses
Select two of the following: 28
ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY-W/LAB
MICROBIOLOGY-W/LAB
DEVELOPMENTAL BIOL-W/LAB
ADV MOLECULAR BIOL-W/LAB
INTRO TO INORGANIC CHEM-W/LAB
QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS-W/LAB
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II-W/LAB
Capstone: The Internship Experience
Select one of the following: 31-4
INTERNSHIP
INTERNSHIP
SENIOR SEMINAR
Required Correlative Courses 4
MATH 19800CALCULUS I:MM4
MATH 19900CALCULUS II:MM4
PHYS 21300FUNMNTLS OF PHYSICS-W/LAB I:SM4
PHYS 21400FUNMNTL OF PHYSICS-W/LAB II:SM4
Total Hours57-60
1

Waived by permission if the student has taken honors biology or received a 4 on the biology placement test.

2

Two upper-level courses in biology or chemistry from among the following allow the student to develop their own interests. Other courses may be substituted with the approval of the biochemistry major advisor.

3

Biochemistry seniors have the option of completing an APEX presentation (BIOL 49800 INTERNSHIP during the fall or spring semester) worth 4 credit hours or a chemistry seminar (CHEM 48000 SENIOR SEMINAR) during spring semester worth one credit hour.

4

Courses in mathematics and physics provide the biochemistry student with important quantitative tools and a solid understanding of physical concepts important to biochemistry.

Capstone: The Internship Experience

The internship experience provides laboratory experience in different disciplines within biochemistry (biological, chemical, and medical research) and may be completed on or off campus. The student gives a presentation of the research project to fellow students, faculty, and other interested people. The student also writes a paper, in scientific journal format, about the research.

Typical Schedule - see Pathway

Pathway

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall 12 WeekHours
CHEM 12000 GEN I:STRUCTURE/BOND-W/LAB:SM 4
MATH 19800 CALCULUS I:MM 4
UCS 10101 FIRST-YEAR ENDURING QUESTIONS 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
CHEM 12100 GEN II:INTR CHEM ANLS-W/LAB:SM 4
MATH 19900 CALCULUS II:MM 4
UCS 20201 ADDRESSING URGENT QUESTIONS 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 3-4
 Hours3-4
Second Year
Fall 12 Week
CHEM 22000 INTRO TO ORGANIC CHEM-W/LAB 4
PHYS 21300 FUNMNTLS OF PHYSICS-W/LAB I:SM 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 4
 Hours4
Spring 12 Week
CHEM 32000 INTERMED ORGANIC CHEM-W/LAB 4
PHYS 21400 FUNMNTL OF PHYSICS-W/LAB II:SM 4
BIOL 15200 INTRO BIO II W/LAB:SM 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 3-4
 Hours3-4
Third Year
Fall 12 Week
BCHM 36600 BASIC BIOCHEMISTRY-W/LAB 4
BIOL 23000 MOLECULAR&CELLULAR BIOL-W/LAB 4
UCS 30301 URGENT CHALLENGE SEMINAR:TT 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
CHEM 38100 SPC TPC: 4
 Hours4
Spring 12 Week
BCHM 36800 INTERMED BIOCHEMISTRY-W/LAB 4
BIOL XXXXXBiology Elective 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
BCHM 48300 RESEARCH TECHNIQUES BIOCHEM 3-4
 Hours3-4
Fourth Year
Fall 12 Week
CHEM 35000 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I-W/LAB 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 4
 Hours4
Spring 12 Week
BIOL 36500 GENETICS-W/LAB 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 3-4
 Hours3-4
 Total Hours123-128