Apr 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Biochemistry, B.S.

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The Biochemistry major will provide students with a rigorous foundation in biochemistry, including significant experiential learning through undergraduate research and other cooperative experiences. Biochemical research with chemistry or biology faculty will prepare students to pursue scientific graduate studies, enter the biochemical workforce, or pursue careers related to healthcare. The biochemistry major is designed to maximize student readiness while maintaining flexibility, to allow students to customize components of their coursework to best align with their goals. The curriculum has been designed to meet the recommendations outlined by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).


Requirements for Graduation:

To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Biochemistry must complete a minimum of 120 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.

The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete First Year Seminar, Foundations (FCO 103  will be a required co-requisite with FCO 105  for students who have a high school GPA below 3.20), Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.

In addition, students majoring in Biochemistry, must earn a grade of 2.0 or higher in all required courses in the major.

General Education Requirement

First Year Seminar

Foundations Requirements

Communication course:

Advanced Communication course:

Quantitative Fluency course:

Choose 3 credits of the following Global Citizenship courses or students have the option to complete this requirement by successfully completing 6 credits of the same foreign language:

Disciplinary Perspectives Requirements

Choose 3 credits of the following Arts courses:

Choose 3 credits of the following Social and Behavioral Sciences courses:

Natural and Physical Sciences course:

Constellation Requirement

The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation except for Education majors.

Required Major Courses:

Required Major Courses (78 credits)

Biology Elective Course

Experiential Learning (1 credit minimum)

Major Electives (6 credits)

Students will select at least 6 additional credits from any BIO or CHM course offerings. At least 3 credits must be at or above 300-level, and at least 3 credits must contain a laboratory component.  These courses must be different from the course taken to fulfill the Biology Elective.  In consultation with the academic advisor, students may select courses to support post-graduation goals such as medical or professional school.

Elective Courses (6 credits minimum)

Students may choose any credits totaling at least 6 to ensure that the 120 credits required to complete the degree have been met.

Suggested Course Sequence:

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year (33 credits minimum)

Senior Year (27 credits minimum)

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