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2014-2015 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

The B.S. biochemistry major prepares students for entry level employment in biotechnical or biomedical laboratories or for entry into professional health schools or biochemical graduate programs.

A summary of all degree requirements as well as other departmental information is available in the Chemistry Department Handbook. All biochemistry majors should obtain a copy from the department office.

Requirements for a B.S. Major in Biochemistry

1. General University Degree Requirements

As identified in the General Academic Policies section of the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.

2. Core Courses

A grade of C (2.0) or better in each of the following core chemistry courses.

CHM 391 is required of all students who take their junior year at GVSU. In certain cases, CHM 241/ CHM 242 may substitute for CHM 245/246/247/248 with advisor approval.

3. Required Cognate Courses

A minimum 2.0 GPA in required cognate courses. Transfer students must complete at least 12 credits in chemistry at Grand Valley.

4. Advanced Chemistry Courses

5. Cognate Courses

Cognate Elective Options Take 10 additional credits from the following choices.

Up to six credits total may apply. Internships must be approved in advance by advisor.

Up to six credits total may apply. Research project must be approved in advance by advisor. Students interested in graduate school are advised to take PHY 230/231 instead of PHY 220/221, two semesters of physical chemistry lecture and lab, and additional math classes. Students should consult their advisor about these options.

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Biochemistry (B.S.)

This option assumes students will complete the required general education courses and select electives with the help of his or her advisor.

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

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