Biochemistry has grown to occupy an important and influential position in both of its parent disciplines, chemistry and biology. The biochemistry major offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that is designed to allow students to focus on either the biological or the chemical aspects of the boundary region between these two disciplines. A major in biochemistry can prepare students for advanced studies in biochemistry, biology or chemistry; for advanced studies in the health professions; for employment in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries or (with further study) for careers in public health policy or patent or environmental law.

The director of the major is in the Department of Chemistry and Physics; however, because of the interdisciplinary nature of the program, curricular oversight is shared with the Department of Biological Sciences.

Biochemistry Major

Core RequirementsHours
COR 100 First Year Seminar3
WRT 101 Critical Writing3
PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy3
HST 110 - HST 111 World Civilization6
ENG 210 Major Authors3
PHL 210 Moral Philosophy3
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language6
ENG 310 Literature and Culture3
Social Science*3
Natural Science*3
IDS Interdisciplinary Studies*3
COR 400 Transformations3
Visual & Performing Arts*1

* NOTE: Some Core requirements may be fulfilled by major requirements. See core section for more information. Because there have been substantial changes to the core curriculum, the above requirements may not apply to all students; for students who entered Le Moyne College prior to Fall 2013, be sure to consult with your advisor for appropriate course selection(s).

Biochemistry Major B.S.

Major RequirementsHours
BIO 191 General Biology I 4
BIO 192 General Biology II 4
BIO 218 Cell and Molecular Biology 4
BIO 418 Advanced Molecular Biology 4
CHM 151 Chemical Principles I 3
CHM 151L Chemical Principles I Laboratory 1
CHM 152 Chemical Principles II 3
CHM 152L Chemical Principles II Lab 1
CHM 223 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM 223L Organic Chemistry 1 Lab 1
CHM 224 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 224L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
CHM 280 Information in Chemistry and Physical Sciences or BIO 380 Information in the Biological Science 1
CHM 312 Instrumental Methods of Analysis or CHM 320 & 322 Instrumental Methods of Analysis4
CHM 327 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHM 331 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHM 460 Biochemistry I 3
CHM 461 Biochemistry II 3
CHM 462 Biochemistry Laboratory 1
Four additional courses from among the following, at least three of which must be lab courses 15-16
BIO 320 Genetics4
BIO 321 Developmental Biology4
BIO 325 Microbiology4
BIO 375 Introduction to Neurobiology4
BIO 390 Independent Study in Bio & Natural Syst1-3
BIO 410 Toxicology3
BIO 427 Bioinformatics4
BIO 431 Mammalian Physiology3
BIO 480 Seminar: Biology of Cancer3
BIO 481 Seminar: Endocrine Disruptors3
BIO 499 Research in Bio & Environmental Systems3
CHM 311 Analytical Chemistry4
CHM 328 Physical Chemistry II3
CHM 332 Physical Chemistry II Laboratory1
CHM 340 Environmental Chemistry3
CHM 340L Environmental Chemistry Laboratory1
CHM 390 Independent Study1-3
CHM 436 Advanced Organic Chemistry3
CHM 495 Research in Chemistry1-3
Major SupportHours
PHY 105 General Physics Scientists/Engineers I (preferred) or PHY 101 Non-Calculus General Physics3
PHY 106 General Physics Scientists/Engineers II (preferred) or PHY 102 Non-Calculus General Physics3
PHY 103 General Physics Laboratory 1
PHY 104 General Physics Laboratory 1
MTH 145 Calculus I 4
MTH 146 Calculus II 4
MTH 111 Introduction to Statistics I (with Computer Lab) 4
Free Electives 6

Typical Program for Biochemistry Major B.S.

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Freshman Year
WRT 1013 PHL 1103
HST 1103 HST 1113
BIO 1914 BIO 1924
CHM 1513 CHM 1523
CHM 151L1 CHM 152L1
COR 1003 MTH 1114
Sophomore Year
PHY 105 or PHY 1013 PHL 2103
PHY 1031 PHY 106 or PHY 1023
BIO 2184 PHY 1041
CHM 2233 CHM 2243
CHM 223L1 CHM 224L1
MTH 1454 MTH 1464
CHM 2801
Junior Year
Theology3 BIO/CHM Elective3/4
ENG 2103 Religion3
CHM 4603 BIO 418/CHM 3124
CHM 4621 CHM 4613
Social Science3 EAC3
Senior Year
CHM 3273 COR 400A3
CHM 3311 CHM 312/BIO 4184
BIO/CHM Elective3/4 BIO/CHM Elective3/4
Free Elective3 BIO/CHM Elective3/4
ENG 3103 Free Elective3

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