Biochemistry, B.S.

Undergraduates apply to NJCU with a Priority Deadline for Freshman and Transfer Students:

Fall Semester Start: April 15

Spring Semester Start: December 1

Candidates must apply for and be accepted into the University. There are no requirements for admission to this degree track, but students are encouraged to begin taking MATH 190 and 191 Calculus I and II, PHYS 130 and 131 College Physics I and II, CHEM 105 and 106 General Chemistry I & II, and BIOL 130 and 131 Principles of Biology I and II as early as possible in their academic careers.

Program Curriculum

The program of study is rigorous and designed for sequential learning. It consists of 41 credits (minimum) in general education courses, followed by seven required courses in Physics and Mathematics for 17 credits (up to 9 credits may be counted toward General Education Tier II Quantitative Literacy Mode of Inquiry), nineteen interdisciplinary major courses between Chemistry and Biology for 55 credits, and two to five elective courses (7-16 credits) for a total of 120 credits including:

General Education (total 41 credits)

ENGL 101English Composition I4
ENGL 102English Composition II4
4 Tier I Seminars12
6 Tier II Seminars 118
Tier III Capstone Course3
Total Credits41

Up to 9 credits of Tier II Seminars in Quantitative Literacy Mode of Inquiry may come from Math and Physics requirements.

Required courses (total 72 credits)

Mathematics and Physics (17 credits)

MATH 140Statistics I3
MATH 192Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 193Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
PHYS 130College Physics I (Lecture) 13
PHYS 1130Physics I Recitation & Laboratory1
PHYS 131Physics II (Lecture) 13
PHYS 1131Physics II Recitation & Laboratory1
Total Credits19

Counts towards General Education Quantitative Literacy Mode of Inquiry (Tier II Seminars) for up to 9 credits total.

Chemistry and Biology

CHEM 105General Chemistry I Lecture3
CHEM 1105General Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory2
CHEM 106General Chemistry II Lecture3
CHEM 1106General Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory2
CHEM 205Analytical Chemistry Lec3
CHEM 2205Analytical Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 207Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2207Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHEM 208Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 2208Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
CHEM 305Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 307Biochemistry I4
CHEM 308Biochemistry II3
CHEM 405Seminar1
BIOL 130Principles Biology I4
BIOL 131Principles Biology II4
BIOL 230Cell Biology4
BIOL 303Microbiology4
BIOL 304Genetics4
Total Credits54

Required elective courses: select from the following courses (total of 7 credits)

CHEM 220Environmental Chemistry4
CHEM 316Instrumental Analysis, Lecture3
CHEM 3316Instrumental Methods of Analysis, Laboratory2
CHEM 401Medicinal Chemistry3
CHEM 420Food Chemistry4
CHEM 492Chemical Research 22-3
or CHEM 493 Chemical Research
or BIOL 350 Biology Research
or BIOL 450 Biology Research
BIOL 252Evolution: A Biological and Geological Approach3
BIOL 404Immunology3
BIOL 406Molecular Genetics4

Only one research course (CHEM 492/493, BIOL 350/450) may be counted toward major required elective.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I Lecture 3
CHEM 1105 General Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory 2
MATH 192 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4
ENGL 101 English Composition I 4
General Education Tier I Seminar 3
Semester 2
CHEM 207 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 2207 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
MATH 193 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 4
ENGL 102 English Composition II 4
General Education Tier I Seminar 3
Semester 1
CHEM 208 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 2208 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1
BIOL 130 Principles Biology I 4
PHYS 130 College Physics I (Lecture) 1 3
PHYS 1130 Physics I Recitation & Laboratory 1
General Education Tier I Seminar 3
Semester 2
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II Lecture 3
CHEM 1106 General Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory 2
BIOL 131 Principles Biology II 4
PHYS 131 Physics II (Lecture) 1 3
PHYS 1131 Physics II Recitation & Laboratory 1
General Education Tier I Seminar 3
Semester 1
CHEM 205 Analytical Chemistry Lec 3
CHEM 2205 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 2
BIOL 230 Cell Biology 4
General Education Tier II Seminar 3
General Education Tier II Seminar 3
Semester 2
BIOL 303 Microbiology 4
BIOL 304 Genetics 4
MATH 140 Statistics I 3
General Education Tier II Seminar 3
Elective 3
Semester 1
CHEM 305 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 307 Biochemistry I 4
CHEM 405
or Biology Seminar
Elective 4
General Education Tier II Seminar or Elective 3
Semester 2
CHEM 308 Biochemistry II (Biochemistry II) 4
General Education Tier II Seminar or Elective 3
General Education Tier III Capstone 3
General Education Tier II Seminar or Elective 3
 Total Credits122

Counts towards General Education Quantitative Literacy Mode of Inquiry (Tier II Seminars) for up to 9 credits total.

The B.S. in Biochemistry program will focus on the development of durable, translatable skills and strong fundamental knowledge. The program enables students to develop life-long learning capability with a vigorous grounding in its core concepts nurtured through a continual, progressive emphasis on critical reasoning skills, experiential learning, and the ability to communicate information and concepts in a clear, accurate, and organized form using both the written and spoken word.

The B.S. in Biochemistry consists of foundation courses in chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics with core courses in biochemistry focusing on the molecular and cellular understanding of biological processes in terms of energy, structure and function, information storage and processing, in the context of the pervasive role of evolution and homeostasis.