Biochemistry at Eckerd College

Eckerd College offers two Bachelor of Science (B.S.) biochemistry programs, including one certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The main differences in the requirements for the two programs are as follows:

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Uncertified Degree

13 core courses + 3 biology courses

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Certified Degree

15 core courses + 2 biology courses + 1 chemistry research project

Major

BIOCHEMISTRY

Programs of study leading to B.S. and B.S. (ACS certified) degrees are available. The descriptions below summarize degree requirements.

  • B.S. Degree Biochemistry Program Courses: The required chemistry courses are CH 121N, 122, 212, 221, 222, 321, 326, 415, and 417. The required biology courses are BI-112N, BI-212, and one of the three, BI-308, BI-397, or BI-422 for a total of three biology courses.

  • B.S. Degree (ACS certified) Biochemistry Program Courses: CH 121N, 122, 212, 221, 222, 321, 322, 326, 415, 417, 424, and either 429 or 499. Also required are BI-112N and one of the four BI-212, BI-308, BI-397, or BI-422 for a total of two biology courses. The certification for this degree program is through the American Chemical Society.

All biochemistry majors must enroll in the chemistry seminar course (CH 410) for four semesters during their junior and senior years. Moreover, all chemistry and biochemistry degrees require two semesters of college-level calculus (MA 131M and MA 132M) and two semesters of college-level physics (PH 241N and PH 242).

Additionally, students must satisfy the collegium requirement of 16 courses for any of the B.S. degrees. Finally, students must maintain a C average or better in courses within the chemistry discipline and the required supporting courses listed above.

For course descriptions, see Biology and Chemistry.



Suggested Schedule

The schedules below are for students wanting either a certified or uncertified biochemistry degree. The required biology courses are not listed, as they can be taken almost any year.

Specific courses required for all chemistry majors can be found on these Web pages.

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Uncertified B.S. Degree

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General Chemistry I

General Chemistry II

Calculus I

Calculus II

Organic Chemistry I

Organic Chemistry II

Physics I

Physics II

Physical Chemistry I

Analytical Chemistry

Instrumental Analysis

Biochemistry I

Biochemistry II

Certified B.S. DegreeGeneral Chemistry I

General Chemistry II

Calculus I

Calculus II

Organic Chemistry I

Organic Chemistry II

Physics I

Physics II

Physical Chemistry I

Physical Chemistry II

Analytical Chemistry

Instrumental Analysis

Biochemistry I

Biochemistry II

Adv. Inorganic Chemistry

Research Project