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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
141 Chalmers Hall
1711 Claflin Rd.
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-7278 fax

Biotechnology Core Facility
206 Burt Hall
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37 Chalmers Hall

B.A. Biochemistry Program

The following courses are required by the Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Department for the B.A. degree in Biochemistry. Additional College of Arts & Sciences requirements and K-State 8/UGE requirements are listed below the Departmental requirements.

Departmental requirements

Suggested Term Class Chart (pdf)

Biochemistry courses

BIOCH 110 - Biochem & Society (3 credits)
BIOCH 521 - General Biochemistry (3 credits)
BIOCH 522 - General Biochemistry Laboratory (2 credits)
BIOCH 755 - Biochemistry I (3 credits)
BIOCH 765 - Biochemistry II (3 credits)

Chemistry courses

CHM 210 - Chemistry I (4 credits)
CHM 230 - Chemistry II (4 credits)
CHM 371 - Chemical Analysis (4 credits)
[CHM 220 & 250 - Honors Chemistry I & II (10 credits) may be substituted for CHM 210, 230 & 371]

CHM 350 - General Organic Chemistry (3 credits)
CHM 351 - General Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 credits)
[CHM 531, 532, 550 - Organic Chem I, Organic Chem Lab & Organic Chem II (8 credits) may be substituted for CHM 350 & 351]

Biology courses

BIOL 198 - Principles of Biology (4 credits)
BIOL 450 - Modern Genetics (4 credits)
BIOL 455 - General Microbiology (4 credits)
BIOL 541 - Cell Biology (3 credits)

Physics courses

PHYS 113 - General Physics I (4 credits)
PHYS 114 - General Physics II (4 credits)

Mathematics courses

MATH 220 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4 credits)
MATH 221 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4 credits)

Statistics course

STAT 703 - Statistical Methods for Natural Scientists (3 credits)

Upper-division electives

19 Credits of any course 500 level or above from any college

GPA requirement in science and mathematics courses

To graduate, a student must have a grade of C or better in all science and mathematics courses required for the degree, including transfer courses, as specified below. In addition, to graduate a student must have a 2.2 GPA in required science and mathematics courses taken at K-State.

Note: The courses in this list satisfy the natural sciences and quantitative reasoning requirements shown in the general requirements for the B.A. degree.

College of Arts & Sciences course requirements

English and Communication courses

Three courses, 8 credit hours minimum. Purpose: to give students practice in oral presentation and in writing and analyzing expository and argumentative prose.

ENGL 100 - Expository Writing I (3 credits)
ENGL 200 - Expository Writing II (3 credits)


COMM 105 - Public Speaking IA (2 credits)
COMM 106 - Public Speaking I (3 credits)


Four courses, one course for each section, 11 credit hours minimum:

Fine arts (one course)
Philosophy (one course)
Western heritage (one course)
Literary or rhetorical arts (one course)

Consult Course Catalog for specific courses in each of these areas.

Social sciences

Four courses, 12 credit hours minimum, from at least three disciplines. A wide range of choices available. One of these courses often satisfies the International studies overlay requirement.

Consult Course Catalog for specific courses in each of these areas.

Additional requirements for the B.A. degree in Biochemistry

K-State 8 (or UGE requirements for enrollment prior to fall 2011)
Course requirement guidelines

Each student must successfully complete credit-bearing courses/experiences to cover all of the K-State 8 areas (or UGE requirements). Some of these areas/courses may be covered in the student's major.

Note: The humanities and social sciences requirements of the College of Arts & Sciences along with our Biochemistry Major requirements will usually meet the UGE and/or the K-State-8 requirements.

Foreign language

Level 4 (i.e., French 4, German 4, Spanish 4, etc.) or the equivalent of level 4 in a foreign language sequence offered by the Department of Modern Languages. (Conversation ''4A'' courses do not meet the level 4 requirement.)

Exception: Students who take a language that is normally offered for only two semesters (Latin 141 and 142, for example) may complete their requirement by taking two additional semesters in another language.

Total hours required for graduation = 121 credit hours

Note: This differs from the University-wide requirement of 120 credit hours.