Chemistry: Biochemistry Concentration

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: Biochemistry Concentration

Department of Natural Sciences

School of Arts and Sciences


 

Biochemistry concentration in the chemistry program involves instruction in advanced biochemistry as well as forensic chemistry and toxicology. Students will learn the chemistry of life sciences at an advanced level. The program prepares them for graduate studies in biochemistry, forensic science, pharmaceutical and toxicological sciences, as well as for professional schools such as pharmacy and medicine.

 
Program Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of knowledge on the foundations and applications of biochemistry.
  • Apply their knowledge to understand real world applications and interdisciplinary relationship between biochemistry and other basic sciences such as biology, physics, biophysics, material sciences, and nanotechnology, as well as mathematics.
  • Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking skills in the investigation and interpretation of experimental results.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of experimental approaches to solving problems of a chemical nature and have an ability to extend that knowledge to the solution of new problems.
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to effectively communicate (in written and oral formats) to the scientific community.
  • Demonstrate ethical values of scientific research and create awareness of chemistry’s impact on the environment and society.
 
Admission Criteria

Students enrolled at Coppin State University who are in good academic standing and are interested in pursuing science careers and professions are eligible to be admitted to the Chemistry Program in the Department of Natural Sciences.

 
Core Courses
43 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
CHEM 102
4
General Chemistry II
CHEM 205
4
Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 307
5
Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 308
5
Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 310
4
Instrumentation
CHEM 313
4
Biochemistry
CHEM 401
4
Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 402
4
Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 490
4
Polymer Chemistry
CHEM 480
3
Physical Biochemistry
CHEM 403
1
Seminar I
CHEM 404
1
Seminar II
 
Supporting Courses
24 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
BIOL 103
4
Botany
CHEM 450
4
Inorganic Chemistry
PHYS 303
4
Mech. and Dynamics
PHYS 304
4
Heat, Electricity, and Magnetism
MATH 132
4
Pre-calculus
MATH 201
4
Calculus I
MATH 202
4
Calculus II
 
Electives
9 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
CHEM 470
3
Toxicology
CHEM 410
3
Forensic Chemistry
CHEM 409
3
Independent Research
 
General Education Requirements

All students must complete 40 credit hours of General Education Requirements. Science majors must fulfill the mathematics GER by completing MATH 131 (College Algebra for science majors). In addition, they must take BIOL 106 (Fundamentals of cell biology) and CHEM 101 - General Chemistry (Prerequisite MATH 131), as part of their GER.

 
Plan of Study
(see your advisor)

The following is a sample plan of study. This is not intended as a self-advising guide or as a substitute for seeing your academic advisor about your specific plan of study. Please speak to an advisor before choosing your course load each semester.

Year 1 (Freshman)
Fall Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
ENGL 101
3
English Composition I
MATH 131
3
College Algebra for Math and Science
HIST XXX
3
History I
PHIL 102
3
Intro to Logic
PSYC 201
3
General Psychology
ORIE 101*
1
Freshman Seminar. *University Requirement
Spring Semester
18 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
HIST XXX
3
History II
CHEM 101
4
General Chemistry I
BIOL 106
4
Cell Biology
MATH 132
4
Precalculus
MISY 150
3
Tech Fluency
Year 2 (Sophomore)
Fall Semester
16 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
WLIT 207
3
World Literature
ANTH 207
3
Anthropology
BIOL 103
4
General Botany
ENGL 102
3
English Composition II
HEED 1XX
3
Personal Health
Spring Semester
14 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
CHEM 102
4
General Chemistry II
MATH 207
4
Calculus I
IDIS 102
3
Music & Dance
CHEM 290
3
Computational Chemistry
Year 3 (Junior)
Fall Semester
17 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
CHEM 205
4
Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 307
5
Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 401
4
Physical Chemistry I
PHYS 303
4
Mech and Particle Dynamics
Spring Semester
16 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
CHEM 308
5
Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 310
4
Instrumentation
CHEM 480
3
Physical Biochemistry
PHYS 304
4
Heat and Electricity
Year 4 (Senior)
Fall Semester
13 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
CHEM 403
1
Seminar in Chemistry I
CHEM 410
4
Forensic Chemistry
CHEM 405
4
Advanced Inorganic Chem
CHEM 409
3
Independent study
Spring Semester
12 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
CHEM 470
3
Toxicology
CHEM 408
1
Seminar in Chemistry II
CHEM 402
4
Physical Chemistry II
MATH 202
4
Calculus II