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Degree in Biochemistry

Biochemistry Advisors

Biochemistry - all classifications require advising by departmental advisor.

Find your advisor by BA or BS degree and by the last two digits of your Baylor ID number for BS majors.

BA BCHE Degree - All
Dr. Maricel de Mesa
Maria_de_Mesa@baylor.edu
BSB C.217
Telephone: 710-2001

BS BCHE Degree - 00 - 09
Dr. Vanessa Castleberry
Vanessa_Castleberry@baylor.edu
BSB C.223
Telephone: 710-2202

BS BCHE Degree - 10 - 20
Dr. M. Devan Jonklaas
Mark_Jonklaas@baylor.edu
BSB C.218
Telephone: 710-2051

BS BCHE Degree 21 - 30
Dr. John A Olson
John_Olson@baylor.edu
BSB E.217
Telephone: 710-4520

BS BCHE Degree 31 - 47
Dr. Bruce Hodson
Bruce_Hodson@baylor.edu
BSB C.211
Telephone: 710-2385

BS BCHE Degree 48 - 64
Dr. Thomas McGrath
Tom_McGrath@baylor.edu
BSB C.212
Telephone: 710-2376

BS BCHE Degree 65 - 99
Dr. David Pennington
David_Pennington@baylor.edu
BSB E.212
Telephone: 710-6843

The department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Baylor University offers a variety of degree options and programs to suit the needs of students with a wide range of career goals. For students who plan a career in biochemistry at the bachelor's degree level, the department offers an American Chemical Society (ACS) professionally certified B.S. degree with a concentration in biochemistry.

The Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry

Because of the importance of biochemistry in modern medicine and the allied health sciences, the department of Chemistry now offers a B.A. and B.S. major in biochemistry. These new programs are specifically designated to provide a firm foundation in biochemistry and prepare students for careers in health-related disciplines. A solid background in biochemistry is an important advantage for medical school.

Both the B.A. and the B.S. in biochemistry require less math than the traditional major in chemistry at Baylor (two semesters of calculus compared to three or more for the traditional program). Biochemistry students are encouraged to take more biology courses than the typical chemistry major. To make the biochemistry curriculum relevant to health-related programs, a special course has been designated to stress how the principles of physical chemistry can be applied to systems of biochemical interest.

The B.A. degree in biochemistry requires 30 semester hours of chemistry (See current undergraduate catalog for official degree requirements). This is an excellent choice for students who wish to attend a professional school in medicine or dentistry. It is also attractive to students who plan careers that require a technical background with a less intensive concentration in science, such as technical writing or information science.

The B.S. degree in biochemistry follows the recommendations of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. It requires more courses in chemistry and biochemistry (35 hours). (See current undergraduate catalog for offcial degree requirements.) This is an ideal choice for students who plan to attend graduate school in biochemistry or related areas, or undertake medical research after attending medical school. To gain experience in doing research, B.S. biochemistry students are strongly encouraged to undertake a laboratory research project under the direction of a chemistry faculty member.

B.A. Degree

Requirements for a Major in Biochemistry Thirty-one semester hours including the following:
  1. CHE 1301-1101, 1302-1102, 2216, 3238, 3331, 3332, 4001, 4125, 4141, 4151, 4327, 4341, and 4342.
  2. A minimun of one semester hour of "4000" level chemistry is required, with the exception of CHE 4231 and a second choice from either CHE 4151 or 4152.
  3. An exit examination, designated by the department, will be required of all biochemistry majors. This examination will be chosen by the department from the GRE, A.C.S. standardized examination, or another similar examination.

Required courses in other fields:
  1. Biology 1305-1105 and 1306-1106.
  2. Mathematics 1321 and 1322.
  3. Physics 1408 and 1409, or 1425 and 2435.
  4. A modern foreign language or languages shall be selected to meet the College requirements.

This program is designed for students who plan to attend professional school in the health-related areas such as medicine and dentistry.

B.S. Degree

Requirements for a Major in Biochemistry Thirty-five semester hours including the following:
  1. Chemistry 1301, 1302, 2216, 3331, 3332, 3238, 4125, 4141, 4142, 4327, 4341, 4342 and 1 semester hour of 4151 or 4152, and 4001.
  2. A minimum of 5 semester hours of "4000" level chemistry, excluding Chemistry 4321 and 4151 or 4152. It is recommended that Chemistry 4316 be included in the 5-hour total. A maximun of three semester hours of 4V98 may count toward this requirement.
  3. An exit examination, designated by the department, will be required of all biochemistry majors. This examination will be chosen by the department from the GRE, A.C.S. standardized examination, or another similar examination.

Required courses in other fields:
  1. Biology 1305-1105 and 1306-1106.
  2. Two "2000", "3000", or "4000" level courses (at least 3 semester hours each) in biology. It is recommended that Biology 4306-4106 be taken as one of the two courses. BIO 2401 and 2402 cannot be used to complete this requirement.
  3. Mathematics 1321 and 1322.
  4. Physics 1425 and 2435.
  5. A modern foreign language or languages shall be selected to meet the college requirements.

This program is appropriate for students who are planning to attend graduate school in biochemistry or a related area, are interested in the health-related professions (pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy or pre-veterinary science), or who plan careers in medical research or in industrial fields related to biotechnology.

Undergraduate research in chemistry is strongly encouraged.
Safety glasses must be worn in all laboratories. Contact lenses are not permitted.


Requirements for Minor in Biochemistry Twenty-two semester hours including the following:
  1. CHE 1301-1101, 1302-1102, 3331, 3332, and 3238.
  2. Six semester hours from: CHE 4327, 4341, and 4342.

NOTE: The Baylor University Undergraduate Catalog is the ultimate authority for any requirement.


Department of Chemistry