BS in Biochemistry

There are a wide range of career options for chemists and biochemists in a diverse array of occupational fields.  Opportunities can be divided into five main sectors: Industry, Academia, Government, Non-Profit, and Entrepreneurship.  In addition, the programs of study for both chemistry and biochemistry degrees provide strong academic, critical thinking, and foundational skills for students interested in pursuing advanced professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy, as well as rigorous preparation for graduate school. 

The curriculum requirement to obtain a BS in Biochemistry consists of the general College of Science curriculum requirements.

Marketable Skills

Students develop the following marketable skills:

  • Communication: Reach mutual understanding through the effective exchange of information, ideas, and feelings
  • Critical thinking: Analyze and evaluate issues in order to solve problems and develop informed opinions
  • Organization: Use resources effectively and efficiently in order to stay focused on different tasks
  • Problem-solving: Find solutions to difficult or complex issues
  • Research: Be able to search, investigate and critically analyze information in response to a specific research question
  • Time management: Prioritize goals and organize time to be more productive and efficient.

Additionally, students will be:

  • Using laboratory equipment
  • Maintaining precision and accuracy
  • Organizing and reporting data, results and conclusions
  • Explaining complex ideas for technical and non-technical audiences

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 120

Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses: 1
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 1411Calculus I4
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism4
STAT 2480Elementary Statistical Methods4
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Biochemistry Major
Required Courses:
CHEM 3131Lab for Chemistry1
CHEM 3330Biochem I:Struc & Function3
CHEM 3332Biochem II: Metabol & Bioenerg3
CHEM 4134Structural Biochemistry Lab1
CHEM 4334Structural Biochemistry3
CHEM 4335Biophysical Chemistry3
Required Chemistry Courses
CHEM 1305
CHEM 1105
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305
CHEM 1306
CHEM 1106
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1306
CHEM 2261The Periodic Table2
CHEM 2321
CHEM 2221
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 2322
CHEM 2222
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 3310
CHEM 3110
Analytical Chemistry
and Lab for Chemistry 3310
Other Required Courses
BIOL 1305
BIOL 1107
General Biology
and Topics in Study of Life I
BIOL 1306
BIOL 1108
Organismal Biology
and Organismal Biology Laboratory
BIOL 3314
BIOL 3115
Molecular Cell Biology
and Molecular Cell Biol Laboratory
BIOL 3320Genetics3
MICR 2340
MICR 2141
General Microbiology
and Gen Microbiology Laboratory
MICR 3449Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics4
Prescribed Elective Courses
Select Seven Hours:7
Mammalian Physiology
Lab for Chemistry 3351
and Physical Chemistry I
Lab for Chemistry 3352
and Physical Chemistry II
Introduction to Research
Instrumental Meths Analyt Chem
and Lab for Chemistry 4211
Advanced Topics Organic Chem
Structure of Matter
Inorganic Chemistry
Introduction to Research
Pathogenic Microbiology Lab
and Pathogenic Microbiology
Microbial Physiology Lab
and Microbial Physiology
General Virology
Medical Mycology
Vertebrate Physiology Methods
Total Hours 120
1 Although the UTEP choice is larger, these choices satisfy the requirements of both the core and the major.
2 A total of thirty-seven hours of upper division coursework is required of all Bachelor of Science degrees.
C Course requires a grade of C or better.

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication (six hours)

The objective of the communication component is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose or orally in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
Select six hours of the following: 6
For students whose secondary education was in English:
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
For students whose secondary education was not in English:
ESOL 1311Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl3
ESOL 1312Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl3
Total Hours12

American History (six hours)

The objectives of the history component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and history of the U.S., their comprehension of the past and current role of the U.S. in the world, and their ability to critically evaluate and analyze historical evidence. U.S. history courses (three hours must be Texas history) include:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture  (three hours)

The objective of the humanities component is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Latina/o Presence in the U.S.
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics  (three hours)

The objective of the mathematics component is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Trigonometry and Conics
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Precalculus 1,2
Math for Social Sciences II
Statistical Literacy
Elementary Statistical Methods
1 A higher-level course in the calculus sequence can be substituted.
2 TCCN MATH 1314 will also satisfy this requirement.
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences  (six hours)

The objective of the study of the natural sciences is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The courses listed are for non-majors; the major courses in the discipline can be substituted for the non-major sequence. A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.):
Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Intro General Chemistry Lab
Intro Organic & Biochem Lab
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Intro to General Chemistry
Intro Organic & Biochemistry
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environment Science 2
Intro to Environmental Sci
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Physical Geography
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Political Science  (six hours)

The objectives of the political science component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and evolution of the U.S. and Texas political systems, focusing on the growth of political institutions, and on the constitutions of Texas and the United States; and to enhance their understanding of federalism, states rights, and individual civil liberties, rights, and responsibilities.
Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences  (three hours)

The objective of the social and behavioral science component is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts (three hours)

The objective of the visual and performing arts component is to expand students' knowledge and appreciation of the human imagination as expressed through works of visual art, dance, music, theatre and film. Through study in these disciplines, students will form aesthetic judgments and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option (six hours)

The objective of the institutionally designated option component is to develop the critical thinking skills and academic tools required to be an effective learner. Special emphasis is placed on the use of technology in problem-solving, communications, and knowledge acquisition.
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Eng Innovation and Leadership
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6