Undergraduate Degree - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Program:
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Program Code:
7021 Biochemistry & Molecular Biol
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
Start Term:
SS02


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Natural Science

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Undergraduate Programs
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The Bachelor of Science program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for students in the College of Natural Science combines the elements of a liberal education with thorough preparation in biochemistry and molecular biology and the underlying principles of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. It is intended primarily for those students who wish to pursue a career in which a sound knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology is necessary, or for students who plan further studies at the graduate or professional level. With suitable choice of electives, the B.S. program offers the option of merging rigorous training in biochemistry and molecular biology with development of writing or pedagogical skills, leading to career options in science writing or teaching.

Undergraduate students are taught by professors who are familiar with the changing directions and emphases in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology. Interested undergraduates are encouraged to participate, along with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, in the on–going research of one of the faculty members.

Students seeking admission to the program should complete the high school science or college preparatory curriculum, ensuring that their programs include courses required for admission to the university.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree  in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major is met by completing Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 495 or 499. Those courses are referenced in item 3. below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                 
  a. The following courses outside the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (60 to 68 credits):  
    (1) All of the following courses (7 credits):  
      CEM 262 Quantitative Analysis 3
      CEM 355 Organic Laboratory I 2
      CEM 356 Organic Laboratory II 2
    (2) One of the following groups of courses (8 or 9 credits):  
      (a) BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
        BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
        BS 171 Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
      (b) BS 181H Honors Cell and Molecular Biology 3
        BS 182H Honors Organismal and Population Biology 3
        BS 191H Honors Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
      (c) LB 144 Biology I: Organismal Biology 4
        LB 145 Biology II: Cellular and Molecular Biology 5
    (3) One course from each of the following groups of courses (7 or 8 credits):  
      (a) CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
        CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
        CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I 4
        LB 171 Principles of Chemistry I 4
      (b) CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
        CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
        CEM 182H Honors Chemistry II 4
        LB 172 Principles of Chemistry II 3
    (4) One course from each of the following groups of courses (2 credits):  
      (a) CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
        CEM 185H Honors Chemistry Laboratory I 2
        LB 171L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I 1
      (b) CEM 162 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
        CEM 185H Honors Chemistry Laboratory I 2
        LB 172L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory II 1
      Students who select CEM 185H may use that course alone to fulfill this requirement.  
    (5) One course from each of the following groups of courses (6 credits):  
      (a) CEM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3
        CEM 351 Organic Chemistry I 3
      (b) CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3
        CEM 352 Organic Chemistry II 3
    (6) One course from each of the following groups of courses (6 to 8 credits):  
      (a) MTH 132 Calculus I 3
        MTH 152H Honors Calculus I 3
        LB 118 Calculus I 4
      (b) MTH 133 Calculus II 4
        MTH 153H Honors Caluculus II 3
        LB 119 Calculus II 4
    (7) One course from each of the following groups of courses (6 credits):  
      (a) CEM 383 Introductory Physical Chemistry I 3
        CEM 484 Molecular Thermodynamics 3
      (b) CEM 384 Introductory Physical Chemistry II 3
        CEM 483 Quantum Chemistry 3
    (8) One of the following groups of courses (8 or 10 credits):  
      (a) PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
        PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
      (b) PHY 231 Introductory Physics I 3
        PHY 232 Introductory Physics II 3
        PHY 233B Calculus Concepts in Physics I 2
        PHY 234B Calculus Concepts in Physics II 2
      (c) LB 273 Physics I 4
        LB 274 Physics II 4
    (9) Ten additional credits in approved advanced biology courses at the 300-400 level.  
  b. The following courses in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (13 credits):  
    All of the following courses:      
    BMB 101 Frontiers in Biochemistry 1
    BMB 461 Advanced Biochemistry I 3
    BMB 462 Advanced Biochemistry II 3
    BMB 471 Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory 3
    BMB 472 Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory 3
  c. One of the following capstone courses (2 to 8 credits):  
    BMB 495 Undergraduate Seminar (W) 2
    BMB 499 Senior Thesis (W)   2 to 8
    LB 492 Senior Seminar (W) 4
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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, BS (7021)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS17

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
MTH3: 2 courses
At least 2 courses from MTH103, MTH101, MTH102

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Quantitative Analysis
Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Quantitative Analysis: 1 course from CEM262

Requirement 12: Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Organic Laboratory I
Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Organic Laboratory I: 1 course from CEM355

Requirement 13: Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Organic Laboratory II
Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Organic Laboratory II: 1 course from CEM356

Requirement 14: Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Biology and Laboratory
Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Biology and Laboratory: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
2 courses from LB144, LB145
3 courses from BS161, BS162, BS171
3 courses from BS181H, BS182H, BS191H

Requirement 15: Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Physics
Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Physics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
2 courses from LB273, LB274
2 courses from PHY183, PHY184
4 courses from PHY231, PHY232, PHY233B, PHY234B

Requirement 16: Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Advanced Biology
Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Advanced Biology: 10 credits from Approved Advanced Biology courses at the 300-400 level.

Requirement 17: Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Biochemistry Frontier
Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Biochemistry Frontier: 1 course from BMB101

Requirement 18: Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Biochemistry I
Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Biochemistry I: 1 course from BMB461

Requirement 19: Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Biochemistry II
Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Biochemistry II: 1 course from BMB462

Requirement 20: Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Biochemistry Laboratories
Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Biochemistry Laboratories: 2 courses from BMB471, BMB472

Requirement 21: Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Capstone Seminar
Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Capstone Seminar: 1 course from BMB495, BMB499, LB492

Requirement 22: Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Chemistry I and II
Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Chemistry I and II: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from CEM142, CEM152, CEM182H, LB172
At least 1 course from CEM141, CEM151, CEM181H, LB171

Requirement 23: Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Chemistry Laboratory I and II
Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Chemistry Laboratory I and II: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
1 course from CEM185H
2 courses from LB171L, LB172L
2 courses from CEM161, CEM162

Requirement 24: Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Organic Chemistry I and II
Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Organic Chemistry I and II: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from CEM251, CEM351
At least 1 course from CEM252, CEM352

Requirement 25: Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Calculus I and II
Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Calculus I and II: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH132, MTH152H, LB118
At least 1 course from MTH133, MTH153H, LB119

Requirement 26: Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Physical Chemistry I and II
Major - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Physical Chemistry I and II: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from CEM383, CEM484
At least 1 course from CEM384, CEM483

Requirement 27: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses numbered at the 300 and 400 levels. See academic advisor.

Requirement 28: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 29: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.