Specialized Curriculum in Biochemistry

For the Degree Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

The typical program of courses required to satisfy this degree totals 126-131 hours as outlined below including up to 12 hours of non-primary language (if not completed in high school); in no case will a program totaling less than 120 hours qualify for graduation. In addition, in order to graduate there is a minimum 2.0 cumulative academic grade point average and student must attain a 2.5 academic grade point average in the chemistry, biochemistry, biology, mathematics, physics and advanced electives in science/engineering courses specified in this curriculum. All proposals for course substitutions must be approved by the academic advisor. This curriculum is intended for those students who desire a rigorous education in chemistry, biochemistry, and biology, who have definite research-oriented goals, and whose career objectives include graduate school, MD/PhD programs, or industry.


Web address for department: http://mcb.illinois.edu/departments/biochemistry

All students must complete the General education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Students earning the Biochemistry degree automatically complete the Chemistry minor. Students earning a degree in the Specialized Curriculum in Biochemistry may not earn a second degree in the Science and Letters Curriculum in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Departmental distinction: A student seeking distinction must satisfy the following:

  • Complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of undergraduate research (BIOC 290 and BIOC 492) with a minimum of 4 credit hours of BIOC 492.
  • Earn at least a 3.25 grade-point average.
  • Present a senior thesis to the department.
Select one of the following:8-9
Accelerated Chemistry I
and Accelerated Chemistry Lab I
and Accelerated Chemistry II
and Accelerated Chemistry Lab II (preferred sequence)
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
and General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II (with advisor approval)
Organic chemistry, select from: 8-9
Fundamental Organic Chem I
and Structure and Synthesis
and Fundamental Organic Chem II (preferred sequence)
Elementary Organic Chemistry I
and Elementary Organic Chem Lab I
and Elementary Organic Chem II (with advisor approval)
Molecular and Cellular Biology17
Molec & Cellular Basis of Life
Molecular Genetics
Exp Techniqs in Molecular Biol
Cells, Tissues & Development
Exp Techniqs in Cellular Biol
Biochem & Phys Basis of Life
or equivalent as approved by academic advisor
Physical chemistry, select one group of courses:7-8
Physical Chemistry Principles (Biological Perspective Section)
Physical Biochemistry (preferred sequence)
Physical Chemistry I
Physical Chemistry II (with advisor approval)
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Physics, select from: 310-12
University Physics: Mechanics
and University Physics: Elec & Mag
and Univ Physics: Thermal Physics
and Univ Physics: Quantum Physics (preferred sequence)
College Physics: Mech & Heat
and College Physics: E&M & Modern (or equivalent as approved by academic advisor (with advisor approval)
Biochemistry: 413
Technqs Biochem & Biotech
Biochemistry Senior Seminar
Gene Expression & Regulation
Current Topics in Biochemistry
Select 10 hours of Advanced Science/Technical Electives (may include up to 7 hours of BIOC 492, Senior Thesis) from approved list. 510
Nontechnical Requirements: 6variable
General education:
Foreign language - three semesters of college study (or three years of high school study) in a single foreign language to satisfy the campus foreign language requirement
Composition I writing requirement to satisfy the campus Composition I requirement
Advanced Composition writing requirement (BIOC 460 is required)
Humanities/Arts to satisfy the campus general education requirements
Social/Behavioral sciences to satisfy the campus general education requirements
Cultural Studies to satisfy the campus general education requirement
Electives (not including any credit in satisfaction of the above requirements)variable