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Earn a Hybrid Degree in Biology and Chemistry

Biochemistry Major

Division of Natural Sciences

Earn your degree in biochemistry at Bridgewater College. As a hybrid of traditional biology and chemistry majors, this exciting field of study can launch you into graduate school or into many professional programs in the medical and pharmaceutical fields.

Curriculum and Courses

Consists of 50-51 credit hours including the following courses:

Introduction to the biological sciences covering biological chemistry celltissue structure and function genetics and microevolution. Intended for biology health and human sciences and environmental science majors. Three lectures and one lab per week. Corequisites
Real numbers exponents radicals and algebraic operations with polynomial and rational functions. Solving equations and graphing expressions involving polynomial and rational functions and exponential and logarithmic functions. Credit may not be received for both MATH 118 and 110. General education master core skill 2016 Summer Session I offered as an online course

Unit(s): 3
or
This course is designed to provide development of basic computational skills and introductory algebra concepts like solutions of single variable equations. It will also cover some introductory statistics and probability concepts. Problem solving will be emphasized. The course will contain at least one project that requires students to make extensive use of spreadsheet software like Excel. General Education Master Core Skill

Unit(s): 3
Biology and environmental science majors should take
Real numbers exponents radicals and algebraic operations with polynomial and rational functions. Solving equations and graphing expressions involving polynomial and rational functions and exponential and logarithmic functions. Credit may not be received for both MATH 118 and 110. General education master core skill 2016 Summer Session I offered as an online course

Unit(s): 3
. Other students should consult with their advisor about which course to take. General Education natural and physical sciences

Unit(s): 4

Introduction to the biological sciences covering macroevolution (systematic taxonomy phylogenetics) ecology and biodiversity. Intended for biology and environmental science majors. Three lectures and one lab per week. Prerequisites BIOL 110

Unit(s): 4

The molecular basis of cell structure and function. Topics include the chemistry architecture and analysis of macromolecules overview of thermodynamics and metabolism enzymology genetic processes and controls recombinant DNA technology and cell signaling mechanisms. Three lectures and one lab per week. Prerequisites BIOL 111 and CHEM 161 or permission of instructor Credit may not be received for both BIOL-216 and BIOL-325

Unit(s): 4

Principles of chemistry including stoichiometry states of matter atomic and molecular structure chemical bonding periodicity energy relationships and equilibria acid-base chemistry electrochemistry kinetics solubility thermodynamics kinetic molecular theory of gases and the systematic study of families of elements. Three hours of lecture and one four-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite MATH 110 MATH 115 or MATH 118 General Education natural and physical sciences Credit may not be received for both CHEM 125 and 161

Unit(s): 4

Principles of chemistry including stoichiometry states of matter atomic and molecular structure chemical bonding periodicity energy relationships and equilibria acid-base chemistry electrochemistry kinetics solubility thermodynamics kinetic molecular theory of gases and the systematic study of families of elements. Three hours of lecture and one four-hour lab per week. Prerequisites CHEM 161 or permission of the instructor General Education natural and physical sciences Credit may not be received for both CHEM 125 and 161

Unit(s): 4

Structure nomenclature reaction mechanisms synthesis and identification of organic molecules. Three hours of lecture and one four-hour lab per week. Prerequisite CHEM 162 or permission of the instructor Credit cannot be earned for both CHEM 250 and 305

Unit(s): 4

Structure nomenclature reaction mechanisms synthesis and identification of organic molecules. Three hours of lecture and one four-hour lab per week. Prerequisite CHEM 305

Unit(s): 4

-or-
A continuation of organic chemistry started in CHEM 305 including a study of the interpretation of infrared spectroscopy proton and carbon NMR UV-visible spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. The lab will be an introduction to chemical research that includes research methods and techniques through a series of experiments. Prerequisite CHEM 305 Credit may not be received for both 306 and 310 or for both CHEM-308 and CHEM-310

Unit(s): 5
 
Exposure to methods of quantitation signalto- noise enhancement instrumental design and function methods of spectroscopy chromatography electroanalytical analysis and mass spectrometry. Three hours of lecture and one four-hour lab per week. Prerequisite CHEM 250 or 305 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 4

Thermodynamics equilibrium chemical structures and reaction rates as applied to biological systems and macromolecules. Three of lecture per week. Prerequisites CHEM 306 or 310 MATH 130 or 131 or permission of instructor Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

BIOL/
Introduction to the major biomolecular compound classes including carbohydrates proteins lipids and nucleic acids along with a survey of enzyme kinetics and the overall regulation of key metabolic pathways. Three lectures and one lab per week. Prerequisite
Overview of the functional groups and reactivity of organic molecules using biological examples. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour lab per week. Prerequisites CHEM 125 or 162 Credit may not be received for both CHEM 250 and 305

Unit(s): 4
or CHEM-306310

Unit(s): 4

BIOL/
A continuation of the topics covered in Biochemistry I with special attention paid to the classic chemical reactions at work in biological systems. The intersection of biochemical principles with such applications as drug discovery and computational modeling will be emphasized as a mechanism for understanding the fundamental relationship between structure and function. Three lectures per week. Prerequisite BIOLCHEM-355 or 356

Unit(s): 3

Differential and integral calculus for the student who needs a working knowledge of the subject but does not plan to pursue more advanced study in mathematics. Includes theory and application of limits derivatives and integrals. Prerequisite MATH 120 or satisfactory performance on placement test Credit may not be received for both MATH 130 and MATH 131

Unit(s): 3
    
-or-
Study of differential calculus of a single variable. Applications of the derivative are made to curve sketching max-min problems and linear approximation and IHopitals Rule. Also included are applications of the Intermediate Value Theorem and Mean Value Theorem. Credit may not be received for both MATH 130 and 131. Prerequisites MATH 120 or satisfactory performance on placement test

Unit(s): 3

An algebra-based exploration of the concepts of motion forces energy waves heat electricity magnetism optics and modern physics. Three hours in class one hour in recitation and two hours in lab per week. Prerequisites MATH 120

Unit(s): 4

-or-
During the first term Kinematics Newtons laws of motion conservation laws rotational motion periodic motion and fluid mechanics. During the second term Thermodynamics electricity magnetism optics and modern physics. A combination of lectures and learning by inquiry are employed. Computers are used for data acquisition data analysis and mathematical modeling. Three hours in class one hour in recitation and two hours in lab per week. Prerequisite MATH 130 or 132 or concurrent enrollment in MATH 131 132 respectively.

Unit(s): 4

Students may not double major in biochemistry and biology, chemistry or applied chemistry.
Student may not major in biochemistry and minor in biology, physical chemistry or applied chemistry.

Activities and Clubs

Network with your fellow students and faculty as part of the Chemistry Club and/or Pre-Med Society.

Careers and Graduate Schools

What can you do with your biochemistry degree?

Like our recent graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • Boston University
  • George Mason University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Shenandoah University
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Virginia
  • West Virginia University

Or pursue a career in:

  • Medical research
  • Medicine
  • Higher education
  • Biotechnology

Learn more about the career paths and professional organizations in the field of biochemistry from the American Chemical Society.

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Questions? Contact us!

Dr. Kenneth Overway Department Chair
540-828-5727
koverway@bridgewater.edu