BS in Biochemistry

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The curriculum requirement to obtain a BS in Biochemistry consists of the general College of Science curriculum requirements and the following specific requirements:

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 120

Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses: 1
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 1411Calculus I4
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism4
STAT 2480Elementary Statistical Methods4
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Biochemistry Major
Required Courses:
CHEM 3131Lab for Chemistry1
CHEM 3330Biochem I:Struc & Function3
CHEM 3332Biochem II: Dynam & Bioenerg3
CHEM 4134Structural Biochemistry Lab1
CHEM 4334Structural Biochemistry3
CHEM 4335Biophysical Chemistry3
Required Chemistry Courses
CHEM 1305
CHEM 1105
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305
4
CHEM 1306
CHEM 1106
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1306
4
CHEM 2261The Periodic Table2
CHEM 2321
CHEM 2221
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
5
CHEM 2322
CHEM 2222
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
5
CHEM 3310
CHEM 3110
Analytical Chemistry
and Lab for Chemistry 3310
4
Other Required Courses
BIOL 1305
BIOL 1107
General Biology
and Topics in Study of Life I
4
BIOL 1306
BIOL 1108
Organismal Biology
and Organismal Biology Laboratory
4
BIOL 3314
BIOL 3115
Molecular Cell Biology
and Molecular Cell Biol Laboratory
4
BIOL 3320Genetics3
MICR 2340
MICR 2141
General Microbiology
and Gen Microbiology Laboratory
4
MICR 3449Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics4
Prescribed Elective Courses
Select Seven Hours:7
Trans Electron Microscopy
and Biol Ultrastruc Interpretation
Mammalian Physiology
Lab for Chemistry 3352
and Physical Chemistry
Introduction to Research
Instrumental Meths Analyt Chem
and Lab for Chemistry 4211
Advanced Topics Organic Chem
Structure of Matter
Inorganic Chemistry
Introduction to Research
Polymer Chemistry
Microorganisms in Ecosystems
Pathogenic Microbiology Lab
and Pathogenic Microbiology
Microbial Physiology Lab
and Microbial Physiology
Epidemiology
General Virology
Medical Mycology
Vertebrate Physiology Methods
Vertebrate Physiology
Neurobiology
Total Hours 120
1 Although the UTEP choice is larger, these choices satisfy the requirements of both the core and the major.
2 A total of thirty-seven hours of upper division coursework is required of all Bachelor of Science degrees.
C Course requires a grade of C or better.

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication

Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl 1
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Total Hours6

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics 

Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
CHEM 1407
CHEM 1408
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.) 

Select six hours of the following: 16
Astronomy Lab I
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
CHEM 1407
CHEM 1408
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Physical Geography
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6