Dec 10, 2019  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 
    
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020

Biochemistry, B.S.


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Objectives


The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree program provides the student with a flexible program that builds upon a solid fundamental knowledge in chemistry and biochemistry. Students work with their advisors/chairperson to select upper division elective courses in emphasis areas like health sciences–which include but are not limited to medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry–and areas such as forensics, environmental chemistry, education, etc.

Students may elect to receive an American Chemical Society (ACS) certified degree for the Biochemistry degree program by taking specific courses outlined below. The ACS-certified degree, approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS), is designed to prepare the student not only for immediate entry into the profession of biochemistry at the Bachelor’s level but also for graduate study toward advanced degrees.

Student learning outcomes for the biochemistry major:

  • Students understand essential concepts in chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Students exhibit competence in the chemistry/biochemistry laboratory.
  • Students demonstrate the ability to think critically in analyzing scientific information and problem solving.
  • Students will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Students are knowledgeable about career opportunities in the chemical sciences.
  • Students appreciate the value of science to society.

Major Requirements


Note:


A grade of at least C (2.0) is required in each of the CHEM courses. With approval of the Chairperson, MATH 122  and MATH 123 PHYS 253  and PHYS 254  may be substituted, as a complete package, for MATH 131  and MATH 132 PHYS 101  and PHYS 201 . An average of C (2.0) is required for the BIOL, MATH, and PHYS courses.

Upper Division Requirements: Biochemistry


32 upper division semester hours of CHEM and CHEM/BIOL courses, including


The remaining semester hours


may be fulfilled with any upper division chemistry electives or upper division biology electives approved by and selected in conjunction with your academic advisor/chairperson from:

Note:

Except for CHEM 390  and CHEM 490 , an average grade of C (2.0) is required for courses included in the upper division requirements of the major. All upper division courses must be completed at LMU. Strongly recommended for those intending graduate study: CHEM 397 /CHEM 497 . A maximum of 12 semester hours of Chemistry/Biochemistry Internship and/or Directed Research (CHEM 393 , CHEM 397 , CHEM 493 , CHEM 497 ) may be included toward the total baccalaureate requirement. CHEM courses with Credit/No Credit grading do not count toward the upper division elective requirements of the major.

To be eligible for the Dean’s list, students must have completed 14 semester hours at LMU for that semester.

Biochemistry Curriculum


(124 S.H.)

Freshman Year


Total: 18 semester hours

Spring Semester


Total: 16 semester hours

Sophomore Year


Fall Semester


Total: 15 semester hours

Spring Semester


Total: 15 semester hours

Junior Year


Fall Semester


Total: 17 semester hours

Spring Semester


Total: 16 semester hours

Senior Year


Fall Semester


  • CHEM 491 Chemistry Seminar 1 semester hours
  • CHEM/BIOL Upper Division Elective 3 semester hours
  • University Core/Elective 4 semester hours*
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
  • Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 14-16 semester hours

Spring Semester


  • CHEM 490 Chemistry Seminar 1 semester hours
  • CHEM/BIOL Upper Division Elective 3 semester hours
  • CHEM/BIOL Upper Division Elective 3 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
  • Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 13-15 semester hours**

Total: 124 semester hours


Note:


*Biochemistry majors are required to complete 32 semester hours of core courses to satisfy the University Core requirements.

**Dean’s list requires minimum 14 semester hours.

***Students electing to receive an American Chemical Society (ACS) certified degree for the Biochemistry degree program must successfully pass CHEM 330: Inorganic Chemistry and any CHEM Upper Division Elective that has a laboratory component. Please consult with your academic advisor on which specific courses meet this laboratory requirement.

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