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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 is required for the M.S. degree.

Course Requirements

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
CHEM 11411CHEM 11421 
CHEM 13413CHEM 13423 
BIO 1130
BIO 1330
4BIO 1131
BIO 1331
US 11001MATH 24714 
ENG 13103ENG 13203 
PHIL 1305 or 13203  
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
CHEM 21411CHEM 21421 
CHEM 23413CHEM 23423 
MATH 24724BIO 24504 
PHYS 14304PHYS 24254 
English Literature13COMM 13103 
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
CHEM 33753CHEM 33803Summer I: 
CHEM 33903CHEM 33813HIST 13103
CHEM 42992CHEM 42992POSI 23103
BIO 24004Minor Advanced Elective2,33Summer II: 
Minor Advanced Elective2,33Social and Behavioral Sciences13HIST 13203
  POSI 23203
 15 14 12
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
CHEM 43603CHEM 43853 
CHEM 44814CHEM 43823 
Minor Advanced Elective2,33Select one of the following:3 
CHEM 3341 (or Elective)3  
CHEM 51101  
CHEM 53953  
 CHEM 5399A3 
 Graduate level CHEM Elective3 
 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

See the Core Curriculum section of this catalog for general education core curriculum requirements. 


A minimum of 9 writing intensive hours and a total of 36 advanced hours are required for the B.S. degree. An advanced course is one that is numbered above 3000 and below 5000 


Students should consult a departmental or academic advisor before selecting an undergraduate minor. A minor in biology is recommended.