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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
785-532-6297 fax

Biomolecular NMR Facility
37 Chalmers Hall

B.S. Biochemistry Program

The following courses are required by the Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Department for the B.S. 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 - Biochemistry & Society (3 credits)
BIOCH 521 - General Biochemistry (3 credits)
BIOCH 755 - Biochemistry I (3 credits)
BIOCH 756 - Biochemistry I Laboratory (2 credits)
BIOCH 765 - Biochemistry II (3 credits)
BIOCH 775 - Molecular Biophysics (3 credits)

Chemistry courses

CHM 210 - Chemistry I (4 credits)
CHM 230 - Chemistry II (4 credits)
CHM 371 - Chemical Analysis (4 credits)
[CHM 220 & CHM 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]

CHM 500 - General Physical Chemistry (3 credits)

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

Choose from one of the following two options:

PHYS 113 - General Physics I (4 credits)
PHYS 114 - General Physics II (4 credits)
PHYS 213 - Engineering Physics I (5 credits)
PHYS 214 - Engineering Physics II (5 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 Sciences (3 credits)


BIOCH 799 - Problems in Biochem (Variable)*

*3 Credit hours required. At least one hour MUST come from BIOCH 799, though two hours of Advanced Biochemistry Labs (BIOCH 757, 758, 766, 767) MAY be applied toward the research requirement.

Upper-division electives

16 or 18 Credits of BIOCH, BIOL, CHM, CIS, OR STAT 500 to 799,
MATH 222 Analytical Geometry and Calculus III,
or MATH 240 Differential Equations

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 the above list satisfy the natural sciences and quantitative reasoning requirements shown in the general requirements for the B.S. 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)

Humanities courses

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 courses

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 B.S. 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 the K-State 8 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 K-State 8 and/or the UGE requirements.

Total hours required for graduation = 124 credit hours

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