Biochemistry Major

​​​Why study biochemistry at CMU?

The chemistry program offers a solid science and mathematics curriculum to prepare students for a variety of chemistry careers or graduate studies. Consider some key features of this program:

  • Advanced chemistry equipment and laboratories
  • Personal guidance from faculty and opportunities to participate in research projects
  • Internship opportunities at nearby industries such as The Dow Chemical Company
  • CMU's American Chemical Society Student Affiliate received an outstanding award for chapter conduct for three consecutive years. Of more than 1,000 student affiliates nationwide, only 34 were presented with outstanding awards in a recent year.

Career outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, for all occupations through the year 2014:

  • Job growth for chemists and materials scientists will be concentrated in pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing companies and in professional, scientific, and technical services firms.
  • Graduates with a bachelor's degree will have opportunities at smaller research organizations; those with a master's degree, and particularly those with a Ph.D., will enjoy better opportunities at larger pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms.
  • Within the chemical industry, job opportunities are expected to be most plentiful in pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms.

Career options

Graduates of the chemistry program at CMU will find a variety of career opportunities. Some of these may require additional education.

  • Agricultural Chemist
  • Biochemist
  • College or University Professor
  • Environmental Chemist
  • High School Teacher
  • Materials Scientist
  • Nuclear Chemical Processor
  • Toxicologist

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: 69-71 semester hours Note: A minor in Chemistry is not allowed with a Biochemistry major.
Core Courses II
(21 hours)
Quantitative Analysis
CHM 345
Organic Chemistry I
CHM 346
Organic Chemistry II
CHM 349
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 521
Fundamentals of Biochemistry
CHM 522
Intermediate Biochemistry
CHM 527
Biochemistry Laboratory
CHM 528
Bioanalytical Techniques Laboratory
Core Courses I
(5-8 hours)
Select one of the following options:
Option A
(8 hours)
Option B
(5 hours)
Core Courses III
(3-4 hours)
Select one of the following:
BIO 325
BIO 524
Molecular Biology
Core Courses IV
(3-6 hours)
Select one of the following options:
Option A
(3 hours)
Option B
(6 hours)
Core Courses V
(3 hours)
Select one of the following courses:
BIO 403
Undergraduate Research
CHM 491
Undergraduate Research
Required Courses I
(15 hours)
BIO 110
Concepts of Biology
BIO 208
MTH 132
Calculus I
MTH 133
Calculus II
Required Courses II
(3-4 hours)
Select one of the following courses:
BIO 324
Cell Biology
BIO 326
Required Courses III
(10 hours)
Select one of the following options:
Option A
(10 hours)
Option B
(10 hours)
(0-6 hours)
Sufficient 300 or greater CHM or BIO level courses to meet the required 69 credit hours, selected in consultation with program advisor. If both BIO 324 and BIO 326 are taken, only one may be used as an elective. For students anticipating applying to medical/dental/veterinary programs, BIO 337 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and BIO 392 Mammalian Physiology are recommended as electives.



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