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Biochemistry B.A.

Chemistry and Biochemistry
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2013
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 68 to 70
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Biochemistry is the study of chemical reactions and processes at the molecular level that sustain life. This field is both a life science and a chemical science, exploring the chemistry of living organisms and the molecular basis for the processes that occur in living cells. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides classroom and laboratory learning opportunities and research experiences across the discipline to meet the needs of students in pre-professional programs, as well as those of student who wish to pursue careers or graduate studies in biochemistry and related disciplines. Students who complete the B.A. in biochemistry do so because it is a field that complements areas such as law, library science, journalism, public relations, sale, or education. The major also provides a strong foundation for students planning on attending professional schools, such as medical, dental or pharmacy school, while providing curricular flexibility to complete professional school prerequisites requirements. B.A. students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current students who change from a B.S. degree or change colleges may request to be waived from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. Students must complete a second field of study, either a minor or another major.
Advanced Writing (3 cr)
WRIT 31xx Adv Writting (3 cr)
Biology (16 cr)
BIOL 1011 - General Biology I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
BIOL 1012 - General Biology II [SUSTAIN] (5.0 cr)
BIOL 2101 - Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
BIOL 2201 - Genetics (3.0 cr)
Chemistry (30 cr)
Chemistry I
CHEM 1153 - General Chemistry I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1154 - General Chemistry Lab I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
or CHEM 1161 - Honors: General Chemistry I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
Chemistry II
CHEM 1155 - General Chemistry II (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1156 - General Chemistry Lab II (1.0 cr)
or CHEM 1162 - Honors: General Chemistry II (5.0 cr)
Organic Chemistry
CHEM 2541 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2543 - Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1.0 cr)
CHEM 2542 - Organic Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2544 - Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1.0 cr)
Biochemistry
CHEM 4351 - Biochemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 4363 - Biochemistry Laboratory (2.0 cr)
CHEM 4352 - Biochemistry II (3.0 cr)
Analytical Chemistry
Students may also take CHEM 2242 Analytical Chemistry in Poland
CHEM 2212 - Environmental Chemistry [NAT SCI, SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
or CHEM 2222 - Quantitative Analysis (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2223 - Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1.0 cr)
Mathematics (8 - 10 cr)
MATH 1290 - Calculus for the Natural Sciences [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
or MATH 1296 - Calculus I [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
or MATH 1596 - Honors: Calculus I [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
MATH 1297 - Calculus II [LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
or MATH 1597 - Honors: Calculus II [LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
or STAT 2411 - Statistical Methods [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
or STAT 3611 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4.0 cr)
Physics (10 cr)
Physics I
PHYS 1001 - Introduction to Physics I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
or PHYS 2013 - General Physics I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2014 - General Physics Lab I [NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
Physics II
PHYS 1002 - Introduction to Physics II (5.0 cr)
or PHYS 2015 - General Physics II (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2016 - General Physics Lab II (1.0 cr)
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD.
BIOL 1011 - General Biology I (LE CAT4, NAT SCI)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamental concepts of biology, including chemical basis of life, cell structure and function, energy transformations, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, genetics, molecular biology, DNA technology, development, origin of life, and evolution. (4 hrs lect, 2.5 hrs lab) prereq: 1 yr high school Chem or 1 sem college Chem, Math ACT 21 or higher or 1 sem college math or min 15 cr.
BIOL 1012 - General Biology II (SUSTAIN)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamental concepts of biology, including classification and diversity of life, anatomy, physiology, and development of prokaryotes, protistans, fungi, animals, and plants; behavior; population, community, and ecosystem ecology. (4 hrs lect, 2.5 hrs lab) prereq: A grade of C- or better in 1011
BIOL 2101 - Cell Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Structure and function of procaryotic and eucaryotic cells, including cell surface, membranes, organelles, cytoskeleton, cell growth, cell physiology, and experimental methods used in cell studies. (3 hrs lect) prereq: A grade of C- or better in both 1011 and 1012, ((Chem 1152 or Chem 1162 or (Chem 1155 and 1156) ), (Chem 2521 or Chem 2541), may be taken without lab BIOL 2102
BIOL 2201 - Genetics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic principles of Mendelian inheritance, molecular genetics, chromosomal aberrations, and population genetics. (3 hrs lect) prereq: A grade of C- or better in both 1011 and 1012; may be taken without lab BIOL 2202
CHEM 1153 - General Chemistry I (LE CAT5, NAT SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamental principles of chemistry exemplified by study of elements, compounds, and their reactions. Covers fundamental concepts of the atom, molecule, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, gas laws, atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonding, and other selected topics. The companion laboratory, CHEM 1154, should be taken concurrently. The combination of CHEM 1153 and CHEM 1154 meets the lab component of NAT SCI, LE CAT 4. prereq: One year high school chem, high school algebra, Math ACT 21 or higher or a grade of least C- in Math 1005. Credit will not be granted if already received for 1151 and 1161.
CHEM 1154 - General Chemistry Lab I (LE CAT4, NAT SCI)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01808
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic laboratory skills while investigating the fundamental principles of chemistry. Covers fundamental concepts of the atom and molecule, stoichiometry, acid-base reactions, oxidation-reduction reactions, thermochemistry, characteristic properties of anions, gas laws and spectrophotometry. This laboratory accompanies lecture CHEM 1153. The combination of CHEM 1153 and CHEM 1154 meets liberal education category 4 requirements. prereq: Previous or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 1153; credit will not be granted if already received for CHEM 1151 or 1161
CHEM 1161 - Honors: General Chemistry I (LE CAT4, NAT SCI)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01781 - Chem 1154/1161
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced coverage of principles of chemistry exemplified by study of elements, compounds, and their reactions, intended for students with good high school preparation in mathematics and science. Covers concepts of the atom, molecule, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, gas laws, atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonding, intermolecular forces, and other selected topics. Mathematically demanding quantitative problems. prereq: High school chem and high school algebra, Math ACT 21 or higher or a grade of at least C- in Math 1005, SCSE student or exercise science or athletic training or teaching life science or teaching earth and space science, or teaching physical science; credit will not be granted if already received for 1151, 1153 or 2172
CHEM 1155 - General Chemistry II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamental principles of chemistry exemplified by study of elements, compounds, and their reactions. Covers intermolecular forces, properties of liquids, solids and solution, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and other selected topics. Solid knowledge of college algebra and General Chemistry I is required. The companion laboratory course CHEM 1156 should be taken concurrently. prereq: 1151 or 1153 or 1161; credit will not be granted if already received for 1152 or 1162
CHEM 1156 - General Chemistry Lab II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamental principles of chemistry exemplified by laboratory study of elements, compounds, and their reactions. Covers titration, intermolecular forces, colligative properties, kinetics, chemical equilibria, and qualitative analysis. This laboratory accompanies lecture CHEM 1155. prereq: 1151 or 1161 or 1154, concurrent or previous enrollment in CHEM 1155; credit will not be granted if already received for Chem 1152 or 1162
CHEM 1162 - Honors: General Chemistry II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01402 - Chem 1152/1162/2172
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced coverage of principles of chemistry exemplified by study of elements, compounds, and their reaction, intended for students with good high school preparation in mathematics and science. Covers properties of liquids, solids and solutions, chemical kinetics and reaction mechanisms, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, descriptive chemistry of the elements, coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and other selected topics. Mathematically demanding quantitative problems. prereq: 1151 or 1153 and 1154 or 1161; credit will not be granted if already received for 1152, 1155 or 2172
CHEM 2541 - Organic Chemistry I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1152 or 1162 or 1155 and 1156; credit will not be granted if already received for 2521
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Structure and bonding, stereochemistry, functional group reactions. prereq: 1152 or 1162 or 1155 and 1156; credit will not be granted if already received for 2521
CHEM 2543 - Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Laboratory companion to CHEM 2541. Structure and bonding, stereochemistry, functional group reactions. prereq: 1152 or 1162 or 1155 and 1156, must be taken after or concurrently with CHEM 2541; credit will not be granted if already received for 2521, CHE 3231, ENGR 2110
CHEM 2542 - Organic Chemistry II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 2521 or 2541; credit will not be granted if already received for 2522, 2532
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Functional group reactions, bioorganic chemistry. prereq: 2521 or 2541; credit will not be granted if already received for 2522, 2532
CHEM 2544 - Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Laboratory companion to Chem 2542, for non-chemistry majors. Functional group reactions, bioorganic chemistry. prereq: 2521 or (2541 and 2543), must be taken after or concurrently with CHEM 2542; credit will not be granted if already received for 2522, 2532, 2545
CHEM 4351 - Biochemistry I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to structural classes of biologically relevant molecules. Descriptions of monomeric small molecules and their incorporation into macromolecules. Covers amino acids, proteins, fatty acids, lipids, sterols, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, RNA, and DNA structures. prereq: 2222, 2522 or 2532 or 2542, Math 1296, concurrent registration in physical chem recommended - 4363
CHEM 4363 - Biochemistry Laboratory
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Applications of biochemistry and molecular biology techniques. prereq: 2223, 2522 or 2532 or 2544 or 2545, BS-BMB major, concurrent registration in 4351 is required
CHEM 4352 - Biochemistry II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 4351
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to metabolism of carbohydrates, fatty acids, sterols, nucleic acids, amino acids, and xenobiotics. Common metabolic pathways of glycolysid, gluconeogenesis, citric acid cycle, et. The interrelated nature of these pathways and their cellular regulation will be covered. prereq: 4351
CHEM 2212 - Environmental Chemistry (NAT SCI, SUSTAIN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of chemical processes in natural air, water, soil and sediment environments. Sources, reaction, transport, effects, and fates of natural and anthropogenic chemical species will be covered. Methods of analysis of environmental samples, with emphasis on quantitative treatment of data. prereq: 1152 or 1162 or 1155 and 1156, Environmental Science major; credit will not be granted if already received for 2222 or 2223 or 2242
CHEM 2222 - Quantitative Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1152 or 1162 or 1155 and 1156, concurrent registration in 2223 is strongly recommended; credit will not be granted if already received for 2212 or 2242
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Theory in analytical techniques; introduces gravimetric, volumetric, and spectrophotometric methods. prereq: 1152 or 1162 or 1155 and 1156, concurrent registration in 2223 is strongly recommended; credit will not be granted if already received for 2212 or 2242
CHEM 2223 - Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Lab companion to 2222 involving the quantitative analysis of organic and inorganic samples using classical and instrumental techniques. Students are instructed in the use of classical and modern computer-controlled instrumentation and techniques, as applied to the acquisition and analysis of experimental data. prereq: 1152 or 1162 or 1155 and 1156; concurrent registration in 2222 is required; credit will not be granted if already received for 2212 or 2242
MATH 1290 - Calculus for the Natural Sciences (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01420 - Math1290/1296/1596
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Differential and integral calculus needed for modeling in earth and life sciences. Computational software. Not intended for students in mathematics, engineering, or physical sciences. prereq: Math ACT 27 or higher or a grade of at least C- in Math 1250 or department consent
MATH 1296 - Calculus I (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01420 - Math1290/1296/1596
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
First part of a standard introduction to calculus of functions of a single variable. Limits, continuity, derivatives, integrals, and their applications. prereq: Math ACT 27 or higher or a grade of at least C- in Math 1250 or department consent
MATH 1596 - Honors: Calculus I (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01420 - Math1290/1296/1596
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
First part of standard introduction to calculus of functions of single variable. Limits, continuity, derivatives, integrals, and their applications, indeterminate forms. Same as Math 1296, but with more depth, rigor, more challenging assignments. For high-ability students with excellent preparation. prereq: 1250 or 3 1/2 years high school mathematics including trigonometry, department consent, a grade of C- or better in is required in all prerequisite courses
MATH 1297 - Calculus II (LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01421 - Math 1597/1297
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Second part of a standard introduction to calculus. Vectors, applications of integrals, transcendental functions, series, and multivariable functions and partial derivatives. prereq: A grade of at least C- in 1290 or 1296 or 1596
MATH 1597 - Honors: Calculus II (LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01421 - Math 1597/1297
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Same as Math 1297, but with more depth, rigor, and challenging assignments. Techniques of integration, transcendental functions, exponentials and logarithms, infinite sequences and series, vectors, partial differentiation, and applications. Intended for high-ability students with excellent preparation. prereq: 1596 or a grade of A in 1290 or 1296, department consent
STAT 2411 - Statistical Methods (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Graphical and numerical descriptions of data, elementary probability, sampling distributions, estimations, confidence intervals, one-sample and two-sample t-test. prereq: Math ACT 24 or higher or a grade of at least C- in Math 1005 or higher or department approval
STAT 3611 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic probability, including combinatorial methods, random variables, mathematical expectation. Binomial, normal, and other standard distributions. Moment-generating functions. Basic statistics, including descriptive statistics and sampling distributions. Estimation and statistical hypothesis testing. prereq: A grade of at least C- in Math 1290 or Math 1296
PHYS 1001 - Introduction to Physics I (LE CAT4, NAT SCI)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Noncalculus general physics course primarily for certain preprofessional fields. Topics in mechanics, heat, and sound. prereq: Algebra, trig
PHYS 2013 - General Physics I (LE CAT5, NAT SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Calculus-based introduction to Newtonian Mechanics, fluid mechanics, and heat. The companion laboratory, PHYS 2014 should be taken concurrently. The combination of PHYS 2013 and 2014 meets liberal education category 4. prereq: previous or concurrent registration in PHYS 2014. Prerequisite of Math 1290 or 1296 or 1596; credit will not be granted if already received for PHYS 1201 or 2011.
PHYS 2014 - General Physics Lab I (NAT SCI)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Calculus-based introduction to Newtonian Mechanics, fluid mechanics, and heat exemplified by laboratory study. This laboratory accompanies lecture PHYS 2013 and should be taken concurrently. The combination of PHYS 2013 and 2014 meets liberal education category 4. prereq: previous or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 2013
PHYS 1002 - Introduction to Physics II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Noncalculus general physics course primarily for certain preprofessional fields. Topics in light, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics. prereq: 1001 or 2013 or 2017
PHYS 2015 - General Physics II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics. The companion laboratory, PHYS 2016, should be taken concurrently. prereq: previous or concurrent registration in 2016. Prerequisite of 2011 or 2013 and 2014, Math 1297 or 1597; credit will not be granted if already received for PHYS 1202, 1204 or 2012.
PHYS 2016 - General Physics Lab II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics exemplified by laboratory study. This laboratory accompanies lecture PHYS 2015 and should be taken concurrently. prereq: Previous or concurrently enrollment in PHYS 2015.