University of Vermont

Undergraduate Program in Biochemistry

    Possible Electives:
  • Endocrinology
  • Protein/Nucleic Acid Structure
  • Developmental Biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Molecular Endocrinology
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Adv Organic Chemistry
  • Mammalian Cell Lab
  • Eukaryotic Cell Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Virology
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Intro to Pharmacology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychopharmacology

  • Other courses are possible electives. If you would like to count a course that is not listed here as an elective, ask the program directors for permission prior to registration.

Overview: B.S. Degree in Biochemistry

The Biochemistry Program is a cross-college degree program. This means that faculty members from several departments across campus participate in teaching and advising Biochemistry majors. In addition, students can choose to obtain their major in either of two Colleges: the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, or the College of Arts and Sciences. Students primarily choose one college over another on the basis of course distribution requirements, advisors, or the number of student enrolled. Find out more about the philosophies of each College using the links above.

Regardless of College, all Biochemistry majors are required to take a core curriculum of Chemistry, Biology, and Biochemistry coursework. Biochemistry majors also have access to specialized introductory coursework that is designed specifically for majors, that has much smaller class sizes than the general introductory science coursework. For example, CHEM 47/48 (Organic Chemistry 1/2 for first year students) is restricted to Chemistry and Biochemistry majors, and has a maximum capacity of 60 students; most sections of BCOR 11/12 (Exploring Biology) have sections restricted to 45 students with majors in the life sciences.

Majors are required to take 9 to 12 credits of advanced electives in areas related to Biochemistry. Examples of courses in this category are shown on the right. Many students choose electives that are related to a specific area of interest, such as medicinal chemistry, neuroscience, nutrition, or others. In addition, student can count up to 4 credits of undergraduate research toward their degree.

Also available: semester-by-semester course schedules typically taken by students in the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.

Learning Goals for the Undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry:

Students will:

  • Demonstrate general knowledge in biochemistry, chemistry and biology and will be able to apply principles from these disciplines in the solution of qualitative and quantitative biochemical problems.
  • Understand the interplay of observational data, hypotheses, and hypothesis-driven experimentation through application of the scientific method.
  • Become proficient in biochemical laboratory techniques and be able to apply these to practical and current problems in research.
  • Be able to read and critically evaluate biochemical and biochemistry-related literature.
  • Learn to present scientific data clearly and effectively through both written and verbal communication.

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