University of Vermont

Official 2009-2010 Catalogue Site

2009-10 Online Catalogue

Biochemistry Program

Contact Information

University of Vermont
Undergraduate Biochemistry Program
Department of Chemistry
Cook Physical Sciences Building
82 University Place
Burlington, VT 05405-0125

Phone: (802) 656-2594
Fax: (802) 656-8705

Web Site Link out of catalogue site.


Biochemistry is the basic science that explores the chemical and physical properties of living organisms and the chemical changes that occur in these organisms. It is integral to the study of a variety of scientific disciplines, including biology, chemistry, microbiology, genetics, anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology. The Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program offered through the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Medicine (COM). It draws upon a broad set of University resources from all three colleges to provide students with a modern science-based education designed to emphasize fundamental knowledge of chemistry and biology along with advanced courses specializing in biochemistry and biomedical sciences. The Biochemistry curriculum is challenging, offering students with strong academic abilities in science an opportunity to explore upper-level courses in areas of modern biochemistry. It is designed to meet the needs of students wishing to compete in the job market at the B.S. degree level as well as students planning to continue with advanced studies in a graduate or professional degree program.

Students may apply to the program either through CAS or CALS, which vary in their college distribution requirements. The distribution categories and the number of required courses in each category differ slightly. In CAS, students are required to fulfill distribution requirements in six of the following seven categories: foreign languages, fine arts, literature, humanities, social sciences, physical sciences and mathematics, plus complete the general requirements in non-European cultures and race relations and ethnicity in the U.S. In CALS, students are required to fulfill distribution requirements in science, humanities and fine arts, communication skills, information technology skills, quantitative skills, critical thinking skills, interpersonal skills, citizenship & social responsibility values, environmental stewardship values, and personal growth values. Regardless of the College through which students choose to apply, all students must take a core set of basic courses in chemistry, biology, and mathematics in their first two years followed by advanced courses in biochemistry, chemistry, and/or molecular biology in their third and fourth years. Since biochemistry is a "hands-on" science, involvement of students in undergraduate research projects, most of which qualify as honors projects in either College, is strongly encouraged. For more information contact Sylvie Doublie (