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BSCH, concentration in Biochemistry 

This degree is usually taken by students preparing for careers as professional chemists, and by those intending to pursue advanced degrees in chemistry. This program is approved by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training. Graduates with this degree are certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

The following is a summary from the current University of Memphis Undergraduate Catalog. Degree requirements from earlier catalogs are valid for seven years.

Approved descriptions for all courses in the list below can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. Prerequisites are strictly enforced, and these courses may not be repeated more than three times to earn the minimum required grade of "C-".

The biochemistry concentration in the B. S. Chem. degree requires 43 - 44 hours in chemistry courses, 11 hours in Biology courses, 11 hours in mathematics courses, 8 hours in physics courses and one upper division ethics course as listed below. Graduates must complete the General Education Program (30 hours in addition to the science and math requirements included in the degree) and elective credits to bring the total to 120 hours, with at least 42 hours at the upper division.

An ACT MATH sub-score of at least 24, or credit for MATH 1710: College Algebra or higher, is required to register for CHEM 1110. An ACT MATH sub-score of at least 26, or credit for MATH 1720: Trigonometry or MATH 1730: Pre-Calculus, is required to register for MATH 1910.

  • CHEM 1110 & 1111: General Chemistry 1, Lecture and Laboratory
  • CHEM 1120 & 1121: General Chemistry 2, Lecture and Laboratory
  • BIOL 1110 & 1111: General Biology 1, Lecture and Laboratory
  • BIOL 1120 & 1121: General Biology 2, Lecture and Laboratory
  • CHEM 3111: Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 3211 & 3201: Foundations of Analytical Chemistry, Lecture and Laboratory
  • CHEM 3310 & 3301: Foundations of Organic Chemistry, Lecture and Laboratory
  • CHEM 3411: Foundations of Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 3511 & 3501: Foundations of Bio-organic Chemistry, Lecture and Laboratory
  • CHEM 4511 & 4501: Biochemistry 1, Lecture and Laboratory
  • One course from BIOL 3130, 3500, or 4512
  • Six additional upper division hours in CHEM lecture courses
  • One additional upper division CHEM laboratory course
  • CHEM 4901, 4902, & 4903: Chemical Research 1, 2, & 3
  • CHEM 4999: Senior Survey
  • MATH 1910: Calculus 1
  • MATH 1920: Calculus 2
  • MATH 4611, 4635, or other approved course in Applied Statistics
  • One of PHIL 3512, 3514, or 3515 or other approved upper division ethics course
  • PHYS 2110 & 2111: Physics for Scientists and Engineers 1, Lecture and Laboratory
  • PHYS 2120 & 2121: Physics for Scientists and Engineers 2, Lecture and Laboratory

Note: Students who have already completed PHYS 2010/2011/2020/2021: General Physics 1 & 2 with labs may substitute these for PHYS 2110/2111/2120/2121.