BS in Biochemistry

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree from UIC, students need to complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The degree requirements for the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Chemistry are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Requirements for the Curriculum 120
Total Hours120

Requirements for the Curriculum

The requirements for the curriculum include the courses necessary to complete the General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline requirements described in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section.

Required Courses
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
Foreign language (the equivalent of two years of a single language at the college level)0-16
Exploring World Cultures course a3
Understanding the Creative Arts course a3
Understanding the Individual and Society course a3
Understanding the Past course a3
Understanding U.S. Society course a3
MATH 180Calculus I b,c4
MATH 181Calculus II c4
Select one of the following sequences in physics:8-10
General Physics I (Mechanics) c
General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) c
OR
Introductory Physics I - Lecture c,d
Introductory Physics I - Laboratory c,d
Introductory Physics II - Lecture c,d
Introductory Physics II - Laboratory c,d
BIOS 100Biology of Cells and Organisms c5
BIOS 101Biology of Populations and Communities c5
BIOS 220Mendelian and Molecular Genetics3
Select one of the following sequences in general and analytical chemistry:10-14
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry I c
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry II c
OR
General Chemistry I Lecture e
General Chemistry Laboratory I c,e
General Chemistry II Lecture e
General Chemistry Laboratory II c,e
Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 233Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 234Organic Chemistry II4
Select one of the following physical chemistry sequences:9
Physical Chemistry I f
Physical Chemistry Laboratory g
Physical Chemistry II
OR
Physical Chemistry for Biochemists I
Physical Chemistry Laboratory g
Physical Chemistry for Biochemists II
CHEM/BIOS 452Biochemistry I4
CHEM/BIOS 454Biochemistry II4
CHEM 455Biochemistry Laboratory3
CHEM 314Inorganic Chemistry4
Electives, chosen in consultation with an academic advisor, including at least two advanced-level courses (6 hours) in the biological sciences. One of these courses must be from either the area of cell and molecular biology or the area of microbiology.7-26
Total Hours120
a

Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.

b

MATH 180 fulfills the LAS Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

c

This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

d

Each of the following pairs will be considered one course in meeting the LAS General Education requirements: PHYS 105/PHYS 106 and PHYS 107/PHYS 108.

e

Each of the following pairs will be considered one course in meeting the LAS General Education requirements: CHEM 122 /CHEM 123 and CHEM 124/CHEM 125.

f

Students who wish to use the CHEM 342/CHEM 343/CHEM 346 option to satisfy the physical chemistry requirement will also need to choosePHYS 141/PHYS 142 to satisfy their physics requirement and will need to take MATH 210 as a corequisite for CHEM 342.

g

CHEM 343 fulfills the LAS Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

Recommended Plan of Study

Students who are not ready to take MATH 180 and CHEM 122/CHEM 123 in the first year should expect to take summer session courses and/or take longer than four years to graduate.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
BIOS 100
Biology of Cells and Organisms
or Biology of Populations and Communities
5
Select one of the following: 5
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry I a,b  
OR
 
General Chemistry I Lecture a  
General Chemistry Laboratory I a,c  
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
MATH 180 Calculus I d 4
Select one of the following: 5
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry II a,b  
OR
 
General Chemistry II Lecture a  
General Chemistry Laboratory II a,c  
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall Semester
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry I 4
MATH 181 Calculus II 4
BIOS 100
Biology of Cells and Organisms
or Biology of Populations and Communities
5
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry II 4
BIOS 220 Mendelian and Molecular Genetics 3
Select one of the following: 4-5
General Physics I (Mechanics) s  
Introductory Physics I - Lecture a,c  
Introductory Physics I - Laboratory b,c  
 Hours13-14
Third Year
Fall Semester
CHEM 452 Biochemistry I (Same as BIOS 452) 4
CHEM 222 Analytical Chemistry b 4
or Elective
 
Foreign Language 4
Select one of the following: 4-5
General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) a  
OR
 
Introductory Physics II - Lecture a,c  
Introductory Physics II - Laboratory a,c  
 Hours16-17
Spring Semester
Select one of the following: 3
Physical Chemistry for Biochemists I  
Physical Chemistry I f  
Foreign Language 4
CHEM 454 Biochemistry II (Same as BIOS 454) 4
CHEM 455 Biochemistry Laboratory 3
 Hours14
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
CHEM 343 Physical Chemistry Laboratory f,g 3
Select one of the following: 3
Physical Chemistry for Biochemists II  
Physical Chemistry II f  
BIOS Elective at the advanced level 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
CHEM 314 Inorganic Chemistry 4
BIOS Elective at the advanced level 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours14
 Total Hours120
a

This course has been approval for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

b

Students who take CHEM 116 and CHEM 118 to fulfill the general chemistry requirement do not need to take CHEM 122.

c

Each of the following pairs will be considered one course in meeting the LAS General Education requirements: CHEM 122/CHEM 123 and CHEM 124/CHEM 125.

d

MATH 180 fulfills the LAS Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

e

Each of the following pairs will be considered one course in meeting the LAS General Education requirements: PHYS 105/PHYS 106 and PHYS 107/PHYS 108.

f

Students who wish to use the CHEM 342/CHEM 343/CHEM 346 option to satisfy the physical chemistry requirement will need to also choose PHYS 141/PHYS 142  to satisfy their physics requirement and will need to take MATH 210 as a corequisite for CHEM 342.

g

CHEM 343 fulfills the LAS Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.