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.
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Biochemistry
Students who complete the undergraduate program should be able to:
- Describe the structure, composition and properties of various chemical substances.
- Plan the synthesis of various inorganic and organic substances.
- Characterize substances based upon analysis of their physical and chemical properties.
- Use theories of microscopic properties to explain macroscopic behavior.
- Explain the role of energy in determining structure and reactivity.
- 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:
- Conduct meaningful and successful experiments.
- Communicate results.
- Think critically.
- Apply ethical reasoning.
- Extend results through lifelong learning.
Typical Four-Year Schedule
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.
Provides foundational knowledge of the structure and function of the brain and nervous system.
|FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTER||FRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
|Introduction to Chemistry||General Chemistry II and Lab
|General Chemistry I and Lab||Cell and Molecular Biology
|Evolutionary Biology||Calculus II
|Calculus I||Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience
|Exposition and Argumentation||Introduction to Biochemistry
|SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTER||SOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
|Organic Chemistry I and Lab||Organic Chemistry II and Lab
|General Physics I and Lab||General Physics II and Lab
|Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience||Block II - Historical and Social Interpretation
|Molecular Modeling||General Elective
|JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTER||JUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
|Physical Chemistry I and Lab||Biochemistry II and Lab
|Genetics or Biology Elective||Biology Elective
|Biochemistry I||General Elective
|Writing for the Professions||Instrumental Analysis I and Lab
|Block II - Historical and Social Interpretation||
|SENIOR – FALL SEMESTER||SENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
|Instrumental Analysis II and Lab||Block II - Historical and Social Interpretation
|Senior Seminar||Chemistry/Advanced Science Elective (w/ one lab)
|General Elective||Senior Thesis
|Chemistry Elective||General Elective
- Biomedical engineer
- Agricultural & food scientist
- Chemist & materials scientist