Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly by the departments of Biology and Chemistry. It is designed to prepare students for graduate level education or careers in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and related biotechnology fields.

General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42-47
Major Requirements
BIO 105Principles of Organismal Biology4
BIO 106Principles of Cell Biology4
BIO 205Genetics4
BIO 225Ecology4
BIO 310Molecular Cell Biology4
or BIO 430 Molecular Basis of Disease
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
CHE 120General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis5
CHE 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 311Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHE 321Quantitative Analysis4
CHE 340Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences4-5
or CHE 383/384 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics
CHE 370Biochemistry I4
CHE 470Biochemistry II3
CHE 495Seminar in Chemistry2
Select one of the following:8-10
College Physics I
and College Physics II
University Physics I
and University Physics II
Select one of the following:5-6
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I: Differentiation
and Calculus with Analytic Geometry I: Integration
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
Select a minimum of twelve credit hours from Biology or Chemistry courses numbered 300 or higher. 112

ACS Certification in Biochemistry

Students are eligible to receive certification in the area of Biochemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS) if the following course work is completed.

Certification Requirements
CHE 383
CHE 384
Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory: Thermodynamics and Kinetics
PHY 210
PHY 211
University Physics I
and University Physics II
CHE 312
CHE 313
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHE 381
CHE 382
Physical Chemistry: Chemical Dynamics and Quantum Mechanics
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory: Chemical Dynamics and Quantum Mechanics
CHE 326Instrumental Analysis4-5
or CHE 426 Instrumental Methods
CHE 441Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
MAT 177Calculus with Analytic Geometry II3

Program Graduation Requirements  

  1. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.