Undergraduate Program

College of Arts and Sciences and Biochemistry Major Undergraduate Admission Requirements

A minimum of 26 credit hours; 23 credit hours must be in courses acceptable toward graduation.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on all work.

  • Transfer students must have a 2.0 transfer GPA.
  • Continuing UNM students must have a 2.00 institutional GPA.

Demonstrated academic achievement by satisfying the following:

  • Completion of the University Writing and Speaking Core.
  • Completion of the University Mathematics Core.
  • Completion of the University Foreign Language Core.

Completion of Biochemistry major admission coursework with grades of "C" or better:

  • CHEM 121 and 123L.
  • CHEM 122 and 124L.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry (B.A.)

  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (B.S.)

Major Study Requirements

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the School of Medicine is responsible for teaching biochemistry courses and for administering the Biochemistry major in Arts and Sciences. It is expected that students spend at least three semesters (not including summer) completing required biochemistry courses.

Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry

  • MATH 162–163 (or 180-181)
  • PHYC 151–151L, 152–152L (or 160–160L, 161–161L, 262)
  • BIOL 201–202
  • CHEM 131L (or 121 and 123L); 132L (or 122 and 124L plus 253L); CHEM 301–302, or 307–308; 303L–304L; CHEM 315 (or 311–312)
  • BIOC 445L–446L

In addition to the core courses, the B.A. requires: BIOC 448L or 3 credit hours from an approved advanced course in Biochemistry or a related discipline; CHEM 315; six credit hours from approved elective Biochemistry courses above BIOC 450 and approved courses in related disciplines to a minimum of a total of 62 credit hours. BIOC 497, 498, and 499 may not be applied to elective requirements. No minor study is required.

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

In addition to the core courses listed under the B.A. degree, the B.S. requires: BIOC 448L; CHEM 311–312 or CHEM 315 (or CHEM 311) and BIOC 451; six (6) credit hours from approved elective Biochemistry courses above BIOC 450 and the minimum total of approved courses in related disciplines is 65 credit hours. MATH 264 is a required corequisite for CHEM 311–312. BIOC 497, 498, and 499 may not be applied to elective requirements. No minor study is required.


Departmental Honors

Students who will have completed 6 credit hours of Senior Research (BIOC 497–498) may submit a Senior Thesis based on their Senior Research project. The award of Honors is based on the quality of the thesis and on an oral presentation of the research. (Note that the University requires an overall grade point average of 3.20 for departmental honors.)

The Chairperson of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is responsible for the administration of the Biochemistry Major Program and submits an Annual Report on the program to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. As with other Arts and Sciences Programs, the Biochemistry undergraduate major may not be significantly modified without prior advice and approval from the Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee and from the Arts and Sciences Faculty.


Courses

BIOC *423. Introductory Biochemistry. (3)



BIOC 445 / 545. Intensive Introductory Biochemistry I. (4)



BIOC 446 / 546. Intensive Introductory Biochemistry II. (4)



BIOC 448L. Biochemical Methods. (3)



BIOC 451L. Physical Biochemistry. (4)



BIOC 463 / 563. Biochemistry of Disease I. (3)



BIOC 464 / 564. Biochemistry of Disease II. (3)



BIOC *465. Biochemistry Education. (3)



BIOC 497. Senior Honors Research. (1-3 to a maximum of 3 Δ)



BIOC 498. Senior Honors Research. (1-3 to a maximum of 3 Δ)



BIOC 499. Undergraduate Research. (1-3 to a maximum of 3 Δ)



BIOC 545 / 445. Intensive Introductory Biochemistry I. (4)



BIOC 546 / 446. Intensive Introductory Biochemistry II. (4)



BIOC 563 / 463. Biochemistry of Disease I. (1-3)



BIOC 564 / 464. Biochemistry of Disease II. (1-3)



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