Bachelor of Science

The chemistry and biochemistry program is pleased to offer the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. This chemistry program continues the proud tradition at PSU of rigorous academic preparation of students for a variety of career options.

The program includes innovative activity-based learning in small classroom settings. Faculty teach all our lab classes, not graduate students. Chemistry lab sections range from 20 to approximately 10 students in upper level courses.   Integration of chemistry majors within the program provides opportunities for students to work closely with faculty and staff as teaching assistants, tutors, and laboratory preparers.

The options in the Bachelor of Science degree provide opportunities for students to focus their interest in the areas of general or environmental chemistry.  Both options include a senior research project under the direction of chemistry faculty.

Majors can also now take advantage of the new 4+1 MBA program.

This exciting program is housed in the Boyd Science Center which includes state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms.  A chemistry student center is available for tutoring and student interaction.

DescriptionDegree Requirements

The BS in Biochemistry follows guidelines established by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). With a focus on the chemistry related to biomolecules, the curriculum is designed to allow students flexibility to pursue different emphases in the field, The program includes an undergraduate research experience and prepares students for admission to graduate and professional schools, particularly in the medical field, as well as employment as professional chemists in the rapidly growing fields of biochemistry and biotechnology.

Degree Requirements (120 Credits)


CH 1050 Laboratory Safety 1
CH 2250 Techniques in Laboratory Chemistry 2
CH 2335 General Chemistry I (QRCO) 4
CH 2340 General Chemistry II 4
CH 3035 Biochemistry I (INCO) 4
CH 3370 Organic Chemistry I 4
CH 3380 Organic Chemistry II 4
CH 3410 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics (WRCO) 4
CH 4025 Biochemistry II 4
CH 4190 Introduction to Research 2
CH 4530 Senior Research 4
BI 1110 Biological Science I (TECO) 4
BI 1120 Biological Science II 4
Bio Molecular elective – complete one of the following: 4
BI 3060 Genetics
BI 4188 Molecular Biology
Calculus – complete one sequence of (MA 2490 and MA 2500) or (MA 2550 and MA 2560): 8
MA 2490 Applied Calculus I (MATH) and
MA 2500 Applied Calculus II (QRCO) or
MA 2550 Calculus I (MATH) and
MA 2560 Calculus II (QRCO)
Physics – complete one sequence of (PH 2130-2140) or (PH 2410-2440): 8
PH 2130 Physics I and
PH 2140 Physics II or
PH 2410 University Physics I and
PH 2420 University Physics II and
PH 2430 University Physics Laboratory I and
PH 2440 University Physics Laboratory II and
Upper-division Electives – complete two 3000/4000 level courses from Biology or Chemistry or Computer Science or Mathematics 6-8
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry* 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
GACO Global Awareness Connection 3
DICO Diversity Connection 3
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Electives 16-14
*For students entering with 24 or more transfer credits, this course becomes an elective.

*All course information is from the 2017-2018 Catalog.

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