Biochemistry involves the science of chemical and physical elements in living things and the biological functions of cell generation and progression. Many of biochemistry’s original theories on biochemical action and basic experimentation have experienced a revolutionary modernization and now are much more broad.

In addition to health sciences, biochemistry has become a powerful science in private industry, ranging from the analysis of pollutant decomposition to new drug testing. Among many other skills, biochemists isolate, analyze and synthesize proteins, enzymes, DNA and other molecules. They also research the effects of substances such as drugs, hormones and food on biological processes.

TU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences offers bachelor of science and master of science degrees in biochemistry. The undergraduate program begins with a one-semseter introduction to biochemistry and builds on a foundation of basic science. Two semesters of biochemistry courses anchor a rich upper level curriculum in biology and chemistry. Through TU’s customized dual program, students have the option to complete biochemistry bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years.

Program Objectives

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Biochemistry

Students who complete the undergraduate program should be able to:

  1. Describe the structure, composition and properties of various chemical substances.
  2. Plan the synthesis of various inorganic and organic substances.
  3. Characterize substances based upon analysis of their physical and chemical properties.
  4. Use theories of microscopic properties to explain macroscopic behavior.
  5. Explain the role of energy in determining structure and reactivity.
  6. Employ chemical theory to explain the rate and outcome of chemical reactions.

Core Skills – Upon completion of the undergraduate program, students should have developed a set of core skills which they use in approaching the fundamental concepts. These include the ability to:

  1. Conduct meaningful and successful experiments.
  2. Communicate results.
  3. Think critically.
  4. Apply ethical reasoning.
  5. Extend results through lifelong learning.

Degree Options

Biochemistry, B.S.B.

Features courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics, writing, humanities and biology while requiring interactive laboratory experience and a senior research project, and prepares students for careers in health-related disciplines.

Biochemistry, Accelerated Master’s

Highly motivated students can accelerate their education and earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in biochemistry in five years.

Neuroscience Minor

Provides foundational knowledge of the structure and function of the brain and nervous system.

Typical Four-Year Schedule

Introduction to ChemistryGeneral Chemistry II and Lab
General Chemistry I and LabCell and Molecular Biology
Evolutionary BiologyCalculus II
Calculus IBlock I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience
Exposition and ArgumentationIntroduction to Biochemistry
Organic Chemistry I and LabOrganic Chemistry II and Lab
General Physics I and LabGeneral Physics II and Lab
Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative ExperienceBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
Molecular ModelingGeneral Elective
Sophomore Seminar
Physical Chemistry I and LabBiochemistry II and Lab
Genetics or Biology ElectiveBiology Elective
Biochemistry IGeneral Elective
Writing for the ProfessionsInstrumental Analysis I and Lab
Block II - Historical and Social Interpretation
Junior Seminar
Instrumental Analysis II and LabBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
Senior SeminarChemistry/Advanced Science Elective (w/ one lab)
General ElectiveSenior Thesis
Chemistry ElectiveGeneral Elective

Professional Opportunities

  • Biomedical engineer
  • Epidemiologist
  • Agricultural & food scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Chemist & materials scientist
  • Physician