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Biochemistry, B.S.

Program Director:

Louis Liotta 
Office: Shields Science Center 315
Phone: 508-565-1043

The Biochemistry major conforms to the recommendations of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the American Chemical Society. Through a rigorous course of study with a strong emphasis on the learn-by-doing approach, the Biochemistry Program is committed to providing the practical knowledge and skills necessary for graduate study in biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, genetics and biotechnology, or admission to professional school. It will also enable students to obtain skilled technical positions after graduation in research laboratories in universities, biotechnology or pharmaceutical development industries, hospitals and government agencies. Juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply for off-campus internships in biochemistry. In addition, each junior and senior Biochemistry major presents two program seminars covering information from the current biochemical literature as well as writing and defending a senior thesis, usually relating to research they have completed.

The course of study normally pursued by Biochemistry majors is:

Senior Year


1 Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement of the Cornerstone Program.
2 Fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement of the Cornerstone Program.
3 Required in each semester of the junior and senior years and satisfies the Capstone Experience requirement of the Cornerstone Program. Four credits are obtained in the second semester of the senior year.
4 Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement of the Cornerstone Program.
5 Fulfills the Statistical Reasoning requirement of the Cornerstone Program.
6 Course is offered only in the Fall semester.
7 Course is offered only in the Spring semester. 

Biochemistry Honors Program

Students who complete the honors requirements in Biochemistry below will be awarded a degree “with honors in Biochemistry.”

  • an overall GPA of at least 3.40; and
  • a science (Biochemistry, Biology and Chemistry) GPA of at least 3.40.
  • conduct research approved by the Program Director and earn at least a “B+” on both the thesis and thesis defense required for BCH 450 - Senior Spring Biochemistry Seminar & Thesis . This thesis will be based on thesis research, internship, S.U.R.E. project, or other college-level research experience.

Contact Professor Louis Liotta, Biochemistry Program Director, for additional details and deadlines.

American Chemical Society Certification

Biochemistry majors desiring an American Chemical Society certified degree must have at least 76 hours of additional, for credit, chemistry or biochemistry laboratory experience over the laboratory experience associated with the courses specifically required for the biochemistry major. Contact Professor Louis Liotta, Biochemistry Program Director, for more information.