Programs - Biochemistry

Graduates with a degree in biochemistry will be well prepared for employment, graduate study in biochemistry or other chemistry-related fields, or professional school. Biochemists are employed in research, quality control, design, sales and management. Many graduates pursue masters and doctoral degrees in biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, and in other life science fields. A biochemistry degree is excellent preparation for medical school and related fields, and also for careers in business, law or education.

The curriculum at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology provides a rigorous introduction to all subdisciplines of chemistry along with biochemistry and applied biology. Students have access to modern instrumentation along with a well-equipped biochemistry lab. Rose-Hulman students are introduced to modern computational methods beginning in the sophomore year. There are many opportunities for research or other individual projects, and students are encouraged to present their results at regional and national chemistry conferences. Close interaction with engineering departments provides students with a point of view not available at most other undergraduate institutions.

BIOCHEMISTRY PLAN OF STUDY

Freshman Year
Fall Term

Credit

CHEM 111* General Chemistry I............ 4
MA 111 Calculus I ........................... 5
AB 110** Cell Structure & Function... 4
CLSK 100 College and Life Skills ...... 1
RH 131 Rhetoric and Composition  
       or  
HSS   Elective................................ 4
     


18

       
Winter Term

Credit

CHEM 113* General Chemistry II .......... 4
MA 112 Calculus II............................ 5
PH 111 Physics I................................ 4
RH 131 Rhetoric & Composition  
       or  
HSS   Elective................................ 4
     


17

       
Spring Term

Credit

CHEM 115 General Chemistry III ........ 4
MA 113 Calculus III.......................... 5
 PH 112 Physics II........................ 4
HSS   Elective................................ 4
     


17

Sophomore Year
Fall Term

Credit

CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry I ............ 4
PH 113 Physics III............................... 4
MA 221 Differential Equations &  
        Matrix Algebra I............... 4
 AB 210 Mendelian & Mol  
    Genetics................................. 4
     


16

       
Winter Term

Credit

CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry II .......... 4
CHEM 291 Intro to Undergraduate 4
    Research.................................  
MA 223* ** Engineering Statistics I 4
    Or MA 381  
AB 220 Prokaryotic Cell & Mol. Biology 4
     


16

       
Spring Term

Credit

CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry III ......... 4
CHEM 225 Analytical Chemistry  ....... 4
AB 230 Eukaryotic Cell & Mol.  
    Biology.................................... 4
    Free Elective.......................... 4
     


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6

       
Junior Year
Fall Term

Credit

CHEM 326 Bioanalytical Chemistry........ 4
CHEM 330 Biochemistry I.... 4
CHEM 361 ****Physical Chemistry I... 4
 HSS   Elective......................... 4
     


16

       
Winter Term

Credit

CHEM 327 Advanced Analytical .......... 4
CHEM 362 ****Physical Chemistry II... 4
CHEM 331 Biochemistry II..................... 4
HSS   Elective................................ 4
     


16

       
Spring Term

Credit

CHEM 363 Quantum Chemistry &  
        Molecular Spectroscopy. 4
CHEM 430 Advanced Biochemistry 4
CHEM 433 Biochemistry Lab................ 2
HSS   Elective................................ 4
CHEM 490# Research............................... 1
     


15

Senior Year
Fall Term

Credit

CHEM 441 Inorganic Chemistry I......... 4
CHEM 401 Chemistry Seminar I............ 1
CHEM 490 Chemistry Research............. 1
    ##Advanced Chemistry or  
    Biochemistry Elective ......... 4
    Advanced Biology Elective . 4
    Free Elective........................ 4
     


18

       
Winter Term

Credit

CHEM 402 Chemistry Seminar II .......... 1
CHEM 490 Chemistry Research........... 1
HSS   Elective................................ 4
    ## Advanced Biology,  
    Chemisrty, Biochem........... 4
    Free Elective........................ 4
     


14

       
Spring Term

Credit

CHEM 403 Chemistry Seminar III.......... 1
HSS   Elective................................ 4
    Free Elective......................... 4
    Free Elective......................... 4
     


13

       
   

Total credits required:  192

Notes:
Two degree or double major programs in biochemistry and either chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology is not allowed.
*Subject to approval, CHEM 112 may be substituted for CHEM 111 and CHEM 113. Biochemistry majors may replace CHEM 111, CHEM 113, and CHEM 115 with CHEM 201, CHEM 202, and 4 additional credits of chemistry, which must include a 1 credit laboratory experience. The typical student will be well served by taking CHEM 115. 
**Under circumstances EM 104 may be substituted for a biology course.
***MA 381 also meets this requirement
****CHE 303, CHE 304 and CHEM 360 may be substituted for CHEM 361 and CHEM 362.
#Students must complete at least 3 credits of CHEM 490 prior to the Spring quarter of their senior year. Students may count up to 8 credits of research toward their electives, of which no more than 2 credits can come from CHEM 290.
##Research and independent study do not meet this requirement.

List of Required Chemistry Courses

  Course Numbers

Credits

  General Chemistry 111, 113, 115

12

  Organic Chemistry 251, 252, 253

12

  Analytical Chemistry 225, 326, 327 12
  Physical Chemistry 361, 362, 363 12
  Inorganic Chemistry 441 4
  Biochemistry 330, 331, 430, 433 14
  Research & Literature 291, 490 7
  Seminar 401, 402, 403 3
  Electives   8
  Total   84

Summary of minimum graduation requirements:

Course or areas Required Elective Total
  Chemistry   76 8 84
  Physics   12 0 12
  Mathematics   23 0 23
  Biology   20 0 20
  Humanities and Social Sciences   4 32 36
  Electives   0 16 16
  College and Life Skills   1 0 1
    Total 136 56 192