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
BIO 110 Cell Structure & Function 4
CLSK 100 College & Life Skills 1
RH 131

HSS
Rhetoric and Composition
or
Elective
4
  Total 18
     
Winter Term   Credit
CHEM 113* General Chemistry II 4
MA 112 Calculus II 5
PH 111 Physics I 4
RH 131

HSS
Rhetoric and Composition
or
Elective
4
  Total 17
     
Spring Term   Credit
CHEM 115 General Chemistry III 4
MA 113 Calculus III 5
PH 112 Physics II 4
HSS Elective 4
  Total 17
Sophomore Year  
Fall Term   Credit
CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 251L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
PH 113 Physics III 4
MA 212 Matrix Algebra and Systems 
of Differential Equations
4
BIO 210 Mendelian & 
Molecular Genetics
4
  Total 16
     
Winter Term   Credit
CHEM 200 Career Preparation 1
CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 252L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 291 Intro to Undergradute
Research
4
MA 381 Introduction to Probability 
with Applications to Statistics
4
BIO 220 Prokaryotic Cell & 
Molecular Biology
4
  Total 16 
     
Spring Term   Credit
CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry III 3
CHEM 253L Organic Chemistry III Lab 1
CHEM 225 Analytical Chemistry 4
BIO 230 Eukaryotic Cell & 
Mol. Biology
4
RH 330 Technical Communication 4
  Total 16 
Junior Year  
Fall Term   Credit
CHEM 326 Bioanalytical Chemistry 4
CHEM 330 Biochemistry I 4
CHEM 361 **Physical Chemistry I 4
CHEM 391 Research Proposal (F, W or S) 1
CHEM 395 Chemistry Seminar 0
CHEM 490 Research 1
HSS Elective 4
  Total 17 or 18
     
Winter Term   Credit
CHEM 327 Advanced Analytical 4
CHEM 362 **Physical Chemistry II 4
CHEM 331 Biochemistry II 4
CHEM 391 Research Proposal (F, W or S) 1
CHEM 490 Research 1
HSS Elective 4
  Total 17 or 18
     
Spring Term   Credit
CHEM 363 Quantum Chemistry & 
Molecular Spectroscopy
4
CHEM 391 Research Proposal (F, W or S) 1
CHEM 430 Advanced Biochemistry 4
CHEM 433 Biochemistry Lab 1
HSS Elective 4
CHEM 490 Research 1
  Total 14 or 15
Senior Year  
Fall Term   Credit
CHEM 441 Inorganic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 495 Chemistry Seminar 0
CHEM 490 Chemistry Research 1
CHEM 491 Research Thesis (F, W or S) 1
  ##Advanced Chemistry or
Biochemistry Elective
4
  Advanced Biology Elective 4
  Free Elective 4
  Total 17 or 18
     
Winter Term   Credit
CHEM 496 Chemistry Seminar 0
CHEM 491 Research Thesis (F, W or S) 1
CHEM 497 Research Presentation (F, W or S) 1
HSS Elective 4
  ##Advanced Biology, 
Chemistry, Biochemistry Elective
4
  Free Elective 4
  Total 12, 13, or 14
     
Spring Term   Credit
CHEM 491 Research Thesis (F, W or S) 1
CHEM 497 Research Presentation (F, W or S) 1
HSS  Elective 4
  Free Elective 4
  Free Elective 4
  Total 12, 13, or 14
  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.
**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   13
Research   291, 490   8
Chemical Communication   400, 401, 402, 403   4
Career Preparation   200   1
Electives       8
Total       86

Summary of minimum graduation requirements:

Course or areas   Required   Elective   Total
Chemistry   78   8   86
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   194

Environmental Chemistry Minor for Most Students

Course Number   Course Title   Credits
CHEM111   General Chemistry I   4
CHEM113   General Chemistry II   4
CHEM115   General Chemistry III   4
CHEM225   Analytical Chemistry   4
CHEM251   Organic Chemistry I   4
CHEM264   Introduction to Environmental Science   4
CHEM371   Environmental Analytical Chemistry   4
CHE465   Energy and the Environment   4
Total       32

Environmental Chemistry Minor for Chemical Engineers and Applied Biology Majors Environmental Certificate for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors

Course Number   Course Title   Credits
CHEM225   Analytical Chemistry    
or CHEM253   Organic Chemistry III   4
CHEM330   Biochemistry I    
or CHEM361   Physical Chemistry I   4
CHEM303   Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics   4
CHEM264   Introduction to Environmental Science   4
CHEM371   Environmental Analytical Chemistry   4
CHEM465   Energy and the Environment   4
Total       24