Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, BS


Program Description

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree is the ideal interdisciplinary science program where chemistry, biology, and health sciences merge into a rapidly growing and high-impact field. The program dives into the chemical processes that allow life to exist, and how those processes are impacted by internal and external stimuli. Lab and research experiences provides students with active learning opportunities to apply complex concepts to experiments with real-world applications. 


Program Curriculum

120-121 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

Program Requirements

CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
5
CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
5
CHEM 2310
CHEM 2315
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
5
CHEM 2320
CHEM 2325
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
5
CHEM 3000
CHEM 3005
Quantitative Chemical Analysis
and Quantitative Chemical Analysis Laboratory
4
CHEM 3060
CHEM 3065
Physical Chemistry 1
and Physical Chemistry I Lab
5
CHEM 3100Inorganic Chemistry4
CHEM 3300Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 3510
CHEM 3515
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Lab
4
CHEM 3520
CHEM 3525
Biochemistry II
and Biochemistry II Lab
4
CHEM 4910Chemistry Senior Seminar1
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
5
BIOL 1620
BIOL 1625
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Lab
5
BIOL 3010Evolution3
BIOL 3030Principles of Genetics4
BIOL 3550
BIOL 3555
Eukaryotic Cell Biology
and Eukaryotic Cell Biology Lab
4
BIOL 4300
BIOL 4305
Molecular Biology
and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
PHYS 2210
PHYS 2215
Physics/Scientists Engineers I (PS)
and Physics/Scientists Engineers I Lab (LAB)
5
PHYS 2220
PHYS 2225
Physics/Scientists EngineersII
and Physics/Scientists Engineers II Lab
5
MATH 1210Calculus I (MA)4
MATH 1220Calculus II (MA)4
Choose one (1) of the following courses:2
Independent Research
Independent Research
Life Science Internship

Elective Requirements

Choose two (2) of the following program electives:
Cancer Biology
Developmental Biology
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
Introduction to Immunology
Biology of Infectious Disease
Nutritional Biochemistry

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C- or higher in each Core Discipline, Research Area, and Elective courses.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
5
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
5
MATH 1210 Calculus I (MA) 4
 Hours14
Spring Semester
CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
5
BIOL 1620
BIOL 1625
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Lab
5
MATH 1220 Calculus II (MA) 4
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
 Hours17
2nd Year
Fall Semester
CHEM 2310
CHEM 2315
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
5
BIOL 3010 Evolution 3
PHYS 2210
PHYS 2215
Physics/Scientists Engineers I (PS)
and Physics/Scientists Engineers I Lab (LAB)
5
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
CHEM 2320
CHEM 2325
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
5
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 4
PHYS 2220
PHYS 2225
Physics/Scientists EngineersII
and Physics/Scientists Engineers II Lab
5
 Hours14
3rd Year
Fall Semester
CHEM 3510
CHEM 3515
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Lab
4
BIOL 3550
BIOL 3555
Eukaryotic Cell Biology
and Eukaryotic Cell Biology Lab
4
CHEM 3060
CHEM 3065
Physical Chemistry 1
and Physical Chemistry I Lab
5
Open Elective (CS 1400 recommended) 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
CHEM 3520
CHEM 3525
Biochemistry II
and Biochemistry II Lab
4
BIOL 4300
BIOL 4305
Molecular Biology
and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
General Education 3
Program Elective 3
 Hours14
4th Year
Fall Semester
CHEM 3000
CHEM 3005
Quantitative Chemical Analysis
and Quantitative Chemical Analysis Laboratory
4
CHEM 3100 Inorganic Chemistry 4
Research/Internship (e.g. CHEM 4800R) 1
Open Elective (CS 1410 recommended) 3
General Education 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
CHEM 3300 Instrumental Analysis 4
Program Elective 3
CHEM 4910 Chemistry Senior Seminar 1
General Education 3
General Education 3
Research/Internship (e.g. CHEM 4800R) 1
 Hours15
 Total Hours121

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program Learning Outcomes:

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Assess and critique local and global issues based on acquired knowledge in molecular biology and biochemistry to formulate solutions to problems.
  2. Distinguish between chemical and biological concepts and evaluate how they interface to create life.
  3. Consider the process of science — how scientific knowledge is generated and validated — to make independent, empirical inquiries about the biochemical world.
  4. Evaluate, interpret, and communicate data in the form of tables, graphs, and charts in oral and or written form.
  5. Analyze original data through research or internship and present findings in a professional setting.