Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (B.S./M.S.) Major in Biochemistry (Early-Entry Combined Program)

Minimum required: 153 semester credit hours

Admission Requirement

  1. Students may be admitted to the M.S. program without entrance qualification exams if they have a 3.00 GPA or higher in all chemistry and biochemistry courses, have completed CHEM 3381, CHEM 3380, and two semesters of CHEM 4299, have taken the Graduate Record Exam, and have been accepted by a graduate thesis advisor. Applicants will be evaluated by the Graduate Evaluation Committee to determine their suitability to enter the program. The application process is the same as for other graduate applicants to The Graduate College. Graduate status is provisional until the B.S. degree is awarded. The B.S. degree will be certified as approved by the American Chemical Society for students completing CHEM 3341 (fall only course) as an advanced elective.

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. Majors must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  3. Majors must select a minor from the approved list of Undergraduate Minors. The recommended minor is Biology. Minor and electives should be chosen in consultation with the academic advisor.
  4. Nine semester credit hours must be writing intensive (WI).
  5. If two years of the same foreign language were taken in high school, then no additional language hours will be required. In the absence of such high school language, two semesters of the same modern language must be taken at the college level.
  6. Students completing 123 semester hours will be eligible for graduation with the B.S. degree. The M.S. degree will be awarded only after the completion of all required courses and the successful defense of a research thesis.
  7. The graduate-level courses taken in the senior year are CHEM 5110, CHEM 5395, CHEM 5399A, and a 3-hour elective approved by the graduate advisor. After admission to The Graduate College, 20 additional graduate hours (including a research thesis) and successful completion of a comprehensive examination are required for the M.S. degree.

Course Requirements

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
CHEM 11411CHEM 11421 
CHEM 1341 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)3CHEM 1342 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)3 
BIO 11301BIO 1131
BIO 1331
BIO 13303MATH 2471 (Mathematics Component Code 020)4 
US 11001ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3 
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3  
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3  
 15 15 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
CHEM 21411CHEM 21421 
CHEM 23413CHEM 23423 
MATH 24724BIO 24504 
PHYS 14304PHYS 24254 
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3 
 15 15 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
CHEM 33753CHEM 33803Summer I: 
CHEM 33903CHEM 33813HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
CHEM 42992CHEM 42992POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
BIO 24004Minor Advanced Elective3Summer II: 
Minor Advanced Elective3Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3
  POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
 15 14 12
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
CHEM 43603CHEM 43853 
CHEM 44814CHEM 43823 
Minor Advanced Elective3ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3 
CHEM 3341 (or Elective)3CHEM 5399A3 
CHEM 51101Graduate level CHEM Elective3 
CHEM 53953  
 17 15 
Fifth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
CHEM 51101CHEM 51101 
Graduate level CHEM Electives6Graduate level CHEM electives6 
CHEM 53703CHEM 5399B3 
 10 10 
Total Hours: 153