Aug 15, 2022  
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry, B.S. (Day)

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The Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry is designed to provide a strong foundation in the core aspects of biology and chemistry to further student understanding of the mechanisms that underlie biological processes of single cellular life as well as the integration of tissues and systems of multicellular life.  Students in Biochemistry will learn to critically assess scientific results through statistical analyses, develop scientific writing and oral presentation skills, and develop laboratory skills.  The goal of the Biochemistry program at Columbia College is to prepare students for advanced study in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Life Sciences as well as medical, veterinary, dental, or forensic fields.  The degree also prepares students for a variety of careers in industrial, agricultural, or clinical settings. 


Students who have completed a degree in biochemistry at Columbia College will:

  1. Understand basic biological and chemical principles, models, and theories used to predict, understand, and apply to biochemical phenomena.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in laboratory skills, including familiarity with the use of instrumentation, analytic methods, and quantitative measurement commonly used in biochemical research.
  3. Evaluate scientific results from laboratory experiments and scientific literature through statistical analyses and critical thinking.
  4. Demonstrate competence in scientific writing, oral presentation, and familiarity with the use of scientific literature.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge regarding ethics in science and professional life.

General Education Requirements (39-42 sem. hrs)

For a complete list of general education courses click here ​. For additional information on general education requirements click here .

Biology/Chemistry Electives (9-12 sem. hrs)

All must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Nine to twelve hours of courses with BIOL or CHEM prefixes, at the 200-level or above. Six of these hours must be upper-level courses.

Total Semester Hours: 120


  1. Students are not allowed to double major or minor in Chemistry or Biology while also attaining a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. 
  2. Students planning to pursue graduate study are strongly encouraged to take MATH 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II and CHEM/PHYS 401 Introduction to Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics. 

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