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2016-2017 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. Chemistry Courses

3. Required Cognate Courses

4. Cognate Elective Courses

Take 8 additional credits from the following choices:

Additional Information

Students in the biochemistry major interested in graduate school are advised to consult with their advisor about selecting these optional courses:

Students in the biochemistry major who transfer or change majors may make these substitutions with advisor approval:

Students in the biochemistry major seeking a degree certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) must also complete:

  • at least 106 lab hours in additional elective CHM courses above the 200 level.
  • CHM 273 plus one credit of CHM courses above the 200 level in addition to the minimum requirements.
  • CHM 490 and CHM 499 lab hours and credits may be used to satisfy the ACS certification requirements.

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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