​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Are you interested in biological processes such as cell development, growth and heredity? Then take a seat at one of CMU’s lab benches, with a major in biochemistry. You’ll study the chemistry of living systems in pharmaceutical, diagnostic, agricultural and environmental products that are manufactured or used by biological molecules such as DNA and proteins. Biochemistry faculty at CMU prepare professionals who are able to excel in biotechnology, health professions, pharmaceutical industries and forensics, as well as in the traditional yet exciting roles of chemistry and biology.​​​

Points of Pride

  • Use your skills of discovery to make life better. CMU is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution. Its faculty and students – including undergrads – work elbow-to-elbow to change lives by researching cancer vaccines and better treatment for Huntington's, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.
  • CMU’s $95 million Biosciences Building is the largest capital project ever in the university’s 120-plus year history. The four-story, 169,000-square-foot building, opening for classes in January 2017, will dramatically advance the university’s instructional learning and scientific research space.

Put Your Degree to Work

Biochemistry graduates have a variety of career options, including work as an agricultural chemist, biochemist, college or university professor, environmental chemist, high school teacher, materials scientist or toxicologist. Employment of biochemists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. More biochemists will be needed to develop biological products and processes that improve our lives.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Chemist$73,060 per year6% (5,400 more jobs)
Environmental scientist$63,570 per year15% (13,200 more jobs)
Postsecondary teacher$68,970 per year19% (236,400 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the chemistry website or contact:

Ajit Sharma
Dow Science Complex 346
Email: ajit.sharma@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3303

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Biochemistry Major

Total: 71 semester hours Note: A minor in Chemistry is not allowed with a Biochemistry major.
Core Courses II
(21 hours)
CHM 211QR
Quantitative Analysis
4
CHM 345
Organic Chemistry I
3
CHM 346
Organic Chemistry II
3
CHM 349
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
2
CHM 521
Fundamentals of Biochemistry
3
CHM 522
Intermediate Biochemistry
3
CHM 527
Biochemistry Laboratory
1
CHM 528
Bioanalytical Techniques Laboratory
2
Core Courses I
(5-8 hours)
Select one of the following options:
MR2A-BIOCHEM
Option A
(8 hours)
MR2B-BIOCHEM
Option B
(5 hours)
Core Courses III
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
BIO 325
Biotechnology
3
BIO 524
Molecular Biology
3
Core Courses IV
(3-6 hours)
Select one of the following options:
MR4A-BIOCHEM
Option A
(3 hours)
MR4B-BIOCHEM
Option B
(6 hours)
Core Course V
(3 hours)
CHM 491WI
Undergraduate Research
1-3
Required Courses I
(20 hours)
BIO 111
Foundations of Evolution and Diversity
4
BIO 112
Foundations of Cell Biology
4
BIO 211
Foundations of Genetics
4
MTH 132
Calculus I
4
MTH 133
Calculus II
4
Required Courses II
(10 hours)
Select one of the following options:
OR8A-BIOCHEM
Option A
(10 hours)
OR8B-BIOCHEM
Option B
(10 hours)
Electives
(0-6 hours)
Sufficient 300 or greater CHM, BIO, or other courses, selected in consultation with program advisor, to met the required 71 hours. Select from the following:
Suggestions for electives based on career goals are given below: Pre-Medical, Pre-Veterinarian, and Pre-Dental: CHM 568, BIO 337, 392, 500, 580, 536, 537, 544. Pre-Pharmacy (Note: Please check with websites of pharmacy schools you are applying since pre-requisites vary considerably): CHM 568, 337, 500. Pre-Graduate School: CHM 333, BIO 545, 546, 575, 576.
BIO 320
Biology of Bacteria
3
BIO 325
Biotechnology
3
BIO 337
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
4
BIO 392
Mammalian Physiology
4
BIO 397
Special Topics in Biology
1-6
BIO 497
Special Topics in Biology
1-9
BIO 500
Biological Statistics
3
BIO 501
Evolution
3
BIO 524
Molecular Biology
3
BIO 534
Endocrinology
3
BIO 536
Histology
3
BIO 537
Immunology
3
BIO 539
Virology
3
BIO 544
Developmental Biology
4
BIO 545
Molecular Genetics
3
BIO 546
Molecular Genetics Laboratory
1
BIO 570
Cellular Dynamics
3
BIO 571
Cellular Dynamics Laboratory
1
BIO 575
Applied Bioinformatics
4
BIO 576
Animal Cell Culture
4
BIO 580
Medical Microbiology
4
BIO 585
Conservation Medicine
3
BIO 590
Cardiovascular Physiology
3
BIO 591
Neurophysiology
3
BIO 597
Special Topics In Biology
1-9
CHM 331
Inorganic Chemistry
3
CHM 333
Bioinorganic Chemistry
3
CHM 511
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
4
CHM 513
Chemistry of Natural Waters
3
CHM 531
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
3
CHM 541
Intermediate Organic Chemistry
3
CHM 547
Advanced Chemistry Laboratory
2
CHM 551
Materials Chemistry: Inorganics and Nanomaterials
3
CHM 555
Advanced Physical Chemistry
3
CHM 561
Polymer Chemistry
3
CHM 562
Industrial Chemistry
3
CHM 564
Polymer Technology
3
CHM 566
Introduction to Biomaterials
3
CHM 567
Polymer Science Laboratory
2
CHM 568
Pharmaceutical Chemistry
3
CHM 571
Topics in Chemistry
1-9
CHM 583
Seminar in Chemistry
1-2