What is Biochemistry?

    The Bachelor of Science with a major in Biochemistry is designed to prepare students for graduate school in biochemistry or for a variety of professional schools including medical, veterinary, and dental. This degree also provides training for BS level biochemist positions in industrial, academic, and government laboratories.

    The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides American Chemical Society (ACS) approved programs. Students completing a baccalaureate degree that meets the ACS Guidelines will receive an ACS-certified degree. See an academic advisor for more information on the requirements for ACS certification.

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    Admission Requirements


    This program does not have specific admission requirements. Only admission to Kennesaw State University is required to declare this major.

    General Education Core Curriculum Requirements Specific to This Major

    M: Students must take MATH 1113 or higher.

    T: Students must take MATH 1179 or higher.

    T: Select two course pairs from the following (8 Credit Hours): CHEM 1211/L, CHEM 1212/L, PHYS 1111/L*, PHYS 1112/L, PHYS 2211/L*, PHYS 2212/L, BIOL 1107/L, or BIOL 1108/L. *Students cannot take both PHYS 1111/L and PHYS 2211/L nor PHYS 1112/L and PHYS 2212/L.

    Related Minors or Certificates Available

    • Biology Minor
    • Chemistry Minor

    Sample Classes

    • In-depth study of concepts and theories of inorganic chemistry. Topics include atomic structure, bonding, coordination chemistry, reaction mechanisms, symmetry, and a general survey of descriptive inorganic chemistry.

    • Chemistry and biochemistry of macromolecules: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Introduction to enzymes.

    • This course provides an introduction to quantum mechanics and its application to selected chemical systems, atomic structure, chemical bonding, atomic, rotational, vibrational, and electronic spectroscopy.

    • This course covers the chemical aspects of biochemical techniques routinely performed in the study of DNA, RNA, and protein. This course will build upon and complement the information on proteins and enzymes covered in biochemistry courses and the basic understanding of DNA, RNA, replication, transcription, and translation that students learn in biochemistry, genetics and other biology courses. The laboratory component of this course provides an opportunity for multi-week projects that combine methods learned in previous courses with new methods, and as such it serves as a capstone experience in biochemical methodology.