Biochemistry Major

This major is administered jointly by the Department of Biology and Department of Chemistry.

Chris Yahnke, Chair, Department of Biology
Room 167A, College of Natural Resources Building
Phone: 715-346-2159
E-mail: biology@uwsp.edu
Web: http://www.uwsp.edu/biology

Paul Hladky, Chair, Department of Chemistry
Room D129, Science Building
Phone: 715-346-4253
E-mail: chemistry@uwsp.edu
Web: http://www.uwsp.edu/chemistry

Biochemistry is a major that combines the knowledge of biology and chemistry to explain life processes in terms of molecular structure and chemical reactions within living cells. This interdisciplinary major has a chemistry-based curriculum, coupled with a significant biology component. The role of a biochemist is to look for understanding of organismal diversity in the principles and concepts of chemistry and physics, as well as in the structure, mechanisms and chemical processes that are common to all organisms. The Biochemistry major provides the student with a course of study that links biological sciences, like molecular biology and genetics, to physical sciences, like chemistry and physics. In addition, the Biochemistry major combines the interdisciplinary foundation inherent to biochemistry with all the advantages of a liberal arts education.

If you are interested in the Biochemistry major, then complete details about the curricula are available in the Student Handbook for the Department of Chemistry or in the course catalog. We also encourage you to read the notes under the Chemistry and Biology Majors in the course catalog because all items in those sections also apply to the Biochemistry Major.

The Department of Chemistry encourages you to graduate in four years. Below is a suggested sequence of courses that was designed to illustrate how a student could successfully complete the Biochemistry Major in 4 years.

Suggested Course Sequence for Biochemistry Majors

Notes:
  • The above schedule assumes that the student places into English 101 and Math 120. The following courses are also offered during summer session: English 101 and 102; Math 120 and 355; Chemistry 105, 106, and 248.
  • "Cultural aware" refers to the broad category of Critical Thinking / Cultural Awareness courses offered by the University. Students must take a minimum of 21 credits from this category.
  • Students taking Chem 117 in the fall may take Chem 248 or Chem 325 in the spring.
 

 Year 1

 
Fall Semester
Course Credits
Biol 130 5
​Chem 105 (or 117) 5
Engl 101 3
(wellness) 1
  Total Credits: 14

Spring Semester
Course Credits
Biol 160 5
Chem 106 (248 or 325) 5
Engl 102 3
Comm 101​ 2
  Total Credits: 15
 

 Year 2

 
Fall Semester
Course Credits
Biol 210 3
​Chem 325 4
Math 120 4
(env lit 300 level) 3
(wellness)​ 1
  Total Credits: 15

Spring Semester
Course Credits
Biol 381 or 385 4
Chem 326 4
Math 355 4
(cultural aware)​ 3
  Total Credits: 15
 

 Year 3

 
Fall Semester
Course Credits
Biol 314 4
​Chem 248 4
Phys 203 or 150 5
(cultural aware)​ 3
  Total Credits: 16

Spring Semester
Course Credits
Chem 365 4
Phys 204 or 250 5
(Biol/Chem/Math elect) 3+
(cultural aware)​ 3
  Total Credits: 15+
 

 Year 4

 
Fall Semester
Course Credits
Biol 318 3
​Biol 319 2
Biol 490 2
(Biol/Chem/Math elect) 3+
(cultural aware 300 level) 3
(cultural aware)​ 2
  Total Credits: 15+

Spring Semester
Course Credits
Chem 333 3
(Biol/Chem/Math elect) 2+
(2 cultural aware) 6
(other elective) 3
(wellness) 1
  Total Credits: 15+