Biochemistry

Biochemistry Program

Home Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry

Department Head and Program Director:

Stacy Seeley, Ph.D.
Room 3-103 MC, 810-762-9561
chem@kettering.edu

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry at Kettering provides students with a strong foundation in the principles of biologically-oriented chemistry and introduces students to a broad range of topics that comprise the large and dynamic field of biochemistry.  Students in the biochemistry program take courses and laboratories in all of the major chemical sub-disciplines including organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry. Additional special emphasis in the biological area will be achieved by taking courses and laboratories in biology and biochemistry.  All Biochemistry students will have several terms of cooperative work experience so that concepts learned in the classroom can be applied to real world problems. Students in this program will also work closely with faculty members on research projects as part of their undergraduate education and training. 

A Biochemistry degree provides an excellent foundation for careers in biotechnology, medicine, pharmacology, environmental fields, technical management, education, business, and law.

Program Educational Objectives

The Biochemistry Program is designed to provide its graduates a solid educational foundation on which they can build successful and sustainable careers in a biochemical or related field.  In particular, all graduates of the Biochemistry Program will:

  • Have a broad, thorough, and quantitative understanding of theoretical and experimental chemistry or biochemistry.
  • Function effectively and ethically within an organization and society as professionals in chemistry, biochemistry, or related fields.
  • Have the skills to effectively communicate their understanding of chemistry or biochemistry to the general public as well as the professional community.
  • Have the knowledge and skills in Chemistry and/or Biochemistry to be successful in pursuing an advanced degree.  

Biochemistry Program Curriculum Requirements1,2

First Year Experience
FYE-101First Year Foundations1
Credit Hours Subtotal: 1
General Education
COMM-101Written & Oral Communication I4
COMM-301Written & Oral Communication II4
ECON-201Economic Principles4
HUMN-201Introduction to Humanities4
LS-489Senior Seminar: Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues4
SSCI-201Introduction to the Social Sciences4
Advanced Humanities Elective 34
Advanced Social Science Elective 34
Credit Hours Subtotal: 32
Biochemistry Core
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Lab
Principles of Chemistry
and Principles of Chemistry Lab
CHEM-237
CHEM-238
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CHEM-247Survey of Organic Chemistry4
CHEM-345
CHEM-346
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab *
6
CHEM-347
CHEM-348
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab *
6
CHEM-351
CHEM-352
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab
6
CHEM-361
CHEM-362
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry I Lab
6
CHEM-373
CHEM-374
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Lab
6
CHEM-437
CHEM-438
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
and Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Lab
6
CHEM-451
CHEM-452
Biochemistry II
and Biochemistry II Lab
6
CHEM-491Chemistry Special Topics6
CHEM-494Senior Research/Seminar I2
Biology Core
BIOL-141
BIOL-142
General Biology
and General Biology Lab
4
BIOL-241
BIOL-242
Human Biology
and Human Biology Lab
4
BIOL-381
BIOL-382
Molecular Biology
and Molecular Biology Lab
6
BIOL-481Genetics4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 80
Mathematics
MATH-101Calculus I4
or MATH-101X Calculus I
Select one of the following:4
Calculus II
Calculus II
Calculus II - Honors
MATH-203Multivariate Calculus4
or MATH-203H Multivariate Calculus - Honors
MATH-310Biostatistics I4
or MATH-408 Probability and Statistics
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Physics
PHYS-114
PHYS-115
Newtonian Mechanics
and Newtonian Mechanics Laboratory
4
PHYS-224
PHYS-225
Electricity and Magnetism
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory
4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 8
Electives
Technical Electives 412
Free Electives8
Credit Hours Subtotal: 20
Culminating Undergraduate Experiennce
Culminating Undergraduate Experience Introductory Course ((No Credit, Pass/Fail))
Select one of the following:4
Co-op Thesis
Intra/Entre/Social E-ship Thesis
Professional Practice Thesis
Research Thesis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Total Credit Hours161

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 1611

1

The minimum total number of credit hours required for graduation is 161; however, the total number of credit hours taken may exceed 161. All Biochemistry majors must meet the general education requirements and their program's requirements for a minor or concentration.

2

Biochemistry students seeking a dual degree must take an additional 28 earned credit hours above and beyond their first degree.

3

Humanities and Social Science electives must be selected from approved 300 or 400 level courses, including one Humanities course and one Social Science course.

4

A minor or concentration is required with a minimum of 12 hours of approved courses that are not required for the Biochemistry Degree. A technical elective may be any course numbered 300-599 in BIOL, CE, CHEM, CHME, CS, EE, IME, ISYS, MATH, MECH, or PHYS that is not used to complete core degree requirements. Other 100-200 level courses may be used but required approval by the Department Head of Chemistry/Biochemistry.

* Alternatively an extended (X) section of this lecture course may be taken. Extended versions of courses offer additional hours with the instructor. 

Biochemistry Major Representative Program1,2

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman ICredit Hours
FYE-101 First Year Foundations 1
BIOL-141 General Biology 3
BIOL-142 General Biology Lab 1
CHEM-137
General Chemistry I
or Principles of Chemistry
3
CHEM-136 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
COMM-101 Written & Oral Communication I 4
MATH-101 Calculus I 4
 Credit Hours17
Freshman II
BIOL-241 Human Biology 3
BIOL-242 Human Biology Lab 1
CHEM-237 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM-238 General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM-247 Survey of Organic Chemistry 4
MATH-102 Calculus II 4
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore I
CHEM-345 Organic Chemistry I * 4
CHEM-346 Organic Chemistry I Lab 2
ECON-201 Economic Principles 4
PHYS-114 Newtonian Mechanics 3
PHYS-115 Newtonian Mechanics Laboratory 1
HUMN-201
Introduction to Humanities
or Introduction to the Social Sciences
4
 Credit Hours18
Sophomore II
CHEM-347 Organic Chemistry II * 4
CHEM-348 Organic Chemistry II Lab 2
PHYS-224 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHYS-225 Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory 1
MATH-203 Multivariate Calculus 4
HUMN-201
Introduction to Humanities
or Introduction to the Social Sciences
4
 Credit Hours18
Junior I
CHEM-351 Biochemistry I 4
CHEM-352 Biochemistry Lab 2
CHEM-361 Physical Chemistry I 4
CHEM-362 Physical Chemistry I Lab 2
COMM-301 Written & Oral Communication II 4
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elelctive 3 4
 Credit Hours20
Junior II
CHEM-373 Analytical Chemistry 4
CHEM-374 Analytical Chemistry Lab 2
CHEM-437 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 4
CHEM-438 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Lab 2
Free Elective 4
Technical Elective 4 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior I
BIOL-381 Molecular Biology 4
BIOL-382 Molecular Biology Lab 2
CHEM-451 Biochemistry II 4
CHEM-452 Biochemistry II Lab 2
Advanced Chemistry or Biology Lab 2
MATH-310
Biostatistics I
or Probability and Statistics
4
 Credit Hours18
Senior II
BIOL-481 Genetics 4
CHEM-491 Chemistry Special Topics (and CHEM-491 Lab) 6
CHEM-496 Senior Research/Seminar II 2
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 3 4
 Credit Hours16
Senior III
LS-489 Senior Seminar: Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues 4
Free Elective 4
Technical Electives 4 8
 Credit Hours16
Any Term
Culminating Undergraduate Experience 4
 Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours163

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 1611

1

The minimum total number of credit hours required for graduation is 161; however, the total number of credit hours taken may exceed 161. All Biochemistry majors must meet the general educational requirements and their program’s requirements for a minor or concentration.

2

Biochemistry students seeking a dual major must take an additional 28 earned credit hours above and beyond their first degree.

3

Humanities and Social Science electives must be selected from approved 300 or 400 level courses, including one Humanities course and one Social Science course.

4

A technical elective may be any course numbered 300-599 in BIOL, CE, CHEM, CHME, CS, EE, IME, ISYS, MATH, MECH, or PHYS that is not used to complete core degree requirements. Other 100-200 level courses may be used but require approval by the Department Head of Chemistry/Biochemistry.

* Alternatively an extended (X) section of this lecture course may be taken. Extended versions of courses offer additional hours with the instructor.