Chemistry: Biochemistry

Degree Type



To address challenges like sustainable energy, pharmaceuticals, polymers and manufacturing materials, you first must understand the chemical reactions that make them possible. 


Biochemistry is a laboratory-based science that lives at the intersection of biology and chemistry. This field looks at the world on a molecular level, with implications on how our cells and molecules work together to grow, heal, and respond to environments around them. 

In addition to majoring or minoring in general chemistry, students also have the option to choose another concentration for the chemistry major: 

Learn how to: 

  • Demonstrate mastery of biochemistry foundations and applications 

  • Apply program knowledge to real world questions and issues 

  • Recognize interdisciplinary relationships between chemistry and other basic sciences including biology, physics, biophysics, material sciences, biochemistry, nanotechnology, and mathematics 

  • Think critically and analytically on investigation and interpretation of experimental results 

  • Solve problems of a chemical nature through application of knowledge of experimental approaches 

  • Apply knowledge to connect solutions and approaches to new problems 

  • Effectively communicate data and information to the scientific community through written and oral formats 

  • Demonstrate and share ethical values of scientific research, as well as chemistry’s impact on the environment and society 

In the biochemistry concentration, you will learn the chemistry of life sciences at an advanced level. Instruction in advanced biochemistry, forensic chemistry and toxicology prepares students for graduate studies in biochemistry, forensic science, pharmaceutical and toxicological sciences, as well as professional careers in pharmacy and medicine.  

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The Coppin State University Academic Catalog has a wide variety of skill-building courses designed to inspire and prepare you to be in-demand professionals and transformational leaders.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Chemistry major, students must be enrolled and in good academic standing. It also helps if you’re excited about and interested in a career in science!  

Program Requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, students must complete 120 credit hours. These credit hours split among: 

  • General Education Requirements, or GERs  

  • Core major courses  

  • Supporting major courses 

  • Electives


General Education Requirements (GERs)

All students must complete 40 GER credits. In addition, all science majors must also take these courses to satisfy GERs. 

  • MATH 131 (College Algebra for science majors)  

  • BIOL 106 (Fundamentals of cell biology) and  

  • CHEM 101 - General Chemistry (Prerequisite MATH 131) 

Learn more about the program courses you may take as part of the Biochemistry concentration.

Core Courses (43 credits)

Course credits Name
CHEM 102 4 General Chemistry II
CHEM 205 4 Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 307 5 Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 308


Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 310 4 Instrumentation
CHEM 313 4 Biochemistry

CHEM 401


Physical Chemistry I

CHEM 402 4 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 403 1 Seminar I
CHEM 404 1

Seminar II

CHEM 480 3 Physical Biochemistry
CHEM 490 4 Polymer Chemistry

Supporting Courses (28 credits)

Course credits Name
BIOL 103 4 Botany
CHEM 450 4 Inorganic Chemistry
PHYS 303 4 Mechanics and Dynamics
PHYS 304 4 Heat, Electricity, and Magnetism

MATH 132



MATH 201 4 Calculus I
MATH 202 4 Calculus II

Electives (9 credits)

Course credits Name
CHEM 470 3 Toxicology
CHEM 410 3 Forensic Chemistry
CHEM 409 3 Independent Research

Remember! You must complete all major and prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher.

Sample Degree Plan

This plan is only for example purposes. Your academic journey may be slightly different from another student’s, so be sure to always communicate with your academic advisor before finalizing your course schedule. 

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course credits name
ENGL 101 3 English Composition I
PSYC 201 3 General Psychology 
MATH 131 3 College Algebra
HIST xxx 3 History I Course
PHIL 102 3 Introduction to Logic
ORIE 101 1 Freshman Seminar

Spring Semester (18 credits)

course credits name
MATH 132 4 Pre-Calculus
BIOL 106 4 Cell Biology
CHEM 101 4 General Chemistry I
MISY 150 3 Tech Fluency
HIST xxx 3 History II Course

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course credits name
ENGL 102 3 English Composition II
ANTH 207 3 Anthropology
WLIT 207 3 World Literature
BIOL 103 4 General Botany
HEED 1xx 3 Personal Health

Spring Semester (14 credits)

Course credits name
CHEM 102 4 General Chemistry II
MATH 207 4 Calculus I
IDIS 102 3 Music and Dance
CHEM 290 3 Computational Chemistry

Fall Semester (17 credits)

Course credits name
CHEM 307 5 Organic Chemistry
PHYS 303 4 Mechanics and Particle Dynamics
CHEM 205 4 Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 401 4 Physical Chemistry I

Spring Semester (16 credits)

course credits name
CHEM 308 5 Organic Chemistry II
PHYS 304 4 Heat and Electricity

CHEM 310 



CHEM 480 3 Physical Biochemistry

Fall Semester (12 credits)

Course credits name
CHEM 403 1 Seminar in Chemistry I
CHEM 410 4 Forensic Chemistry
CHEM 405 4 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 409 3 IndependentStudy

Spring Semester (12 credits)

Course credits Name
CHEM 470 3 Toxicology
CHEM 408 1 Seminar in Chemistry II
CHEM 402 4 Physical Chemistry II
MATH 202  4 Calculus II

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Chemistry lives in the Department of Natural Sciences in the School of Arts & Sciences within the College of Arts & Sciences, and Education