Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Program Contact: Carol Fenn   203-582-8254

A BS in biochemistry gives you the skills to become a research associate studying the ways molecules react with one another, or a laboratory technician analyzing biochemical metabolites in the pursuit of new pharmaceuticals. You may become a biochemist in a food development laboratory, write copy for technical publications or work for a consumer products company developing a more effective sunscreen.

We teach you to evaluate and interpret data, hone your analytical thinking skills and present the results of your scientific research to various audiences. An independent research project strengthens the skills you develop in the classroom. Companies such as Alexion, CT Agricultural Station and LabSynergy offer real-life work experience in the form of internships which you may pursue.

Your degree in biochemistry qualifies you to work as a research assistant in a chemical, pharmaceutical or academic research laboratory upon graduation, but you’ll also have the foundation to pursue an advanced degree in several fields including medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine or law.

An independent research project directed by a full-time faculty member in the department is required of all students in this program. This research project plays a key role for you to develop a deeper understanding of the biochemistry involved, build skills necessary to work independently and to communicate effectively the results of your research.

BS in Biochemistry Curriculum

Initial placement in English and mathematics courses is determined by placement examinations and an evaluation of high school units presented. Students who do not place directly into MA 141 should take MA 140. MA 142 is strongly recommended.

Biochemistry majors must maintain a minimum grade of C in all required chemistry, physics and mathematics courses. Any required course not listed in the course descriptions may be considered for scheduling when the need arises. All 4-credit science courses have a laboratory component. Chemistry electives must be selected with the advice and approval of the department adviser. Open electives should be selected based upon student interests and career goals from offerings in all schools.

In addition to the University Curriculum, students majoring in Biochemistry must complete the following requirements:

University Curriculum 1
Biochemistry Core Requirements
CHE 110
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab 3
CHE 111
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab 3
CHE 210
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHE 211
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHE 215
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Lab
CHE 301
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry I Lab
CHE 302
Physical Chemistry II
and Physical Chemistry II Lab
CHE 305
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Lab
CHE 315
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab I
CHE 316Biochemistry II3
CHE 475Chemistry Seminar I1
CHE 476Chemistry Seminar II1
CHE 490Chemistry Research I3
CHE 491Chemistry Research II3
Two upper-level CHE elective courses6
Two upper-level BIO or BMS electives 26
Cognate Courses 3
MA 141Calculus of a Single Variable I 3,43
PHY 110
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab 3,5
PHY 111
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab 3,5
BIO 150
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
BIO 151
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
Total Credits78

All students must complete the University Curriculum requirements.


Advanced biology electives for the biochemistry major are chosen in consultation with the departmental adviser.


Required courses, which support the biochemistry major and may be used to satisfy requirements outside the major.


MA 142 is also highly recommended but is not required.


PHY 121 and PHY 122 may be substituted.

Minimum number of credits required for graduation is 120.

Admission Requirements: College of Arts and Sciences

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.