Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry

Degree Requirements

The degree requirement for the B.S. in Biochemistry includes 120 credits with a GPA of at least 2.0. 30 of the last 60 credits must be completed at IU Kokomo. In addition to courses required for the campus-wide general education curriculum, students must takes courses in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, physics, mathematics, and informatics. The following courses must be taken and appropriate prerequisites must be met as listed in the Academic Bulletin. Completion of this degree will meet the basic admission requirements for the IU School of Medicine M.D. program. 



Communication Skills and Information Literacy (9 cr)

ENG-W131 Elementary Composition I

ENG-W132 Elementary Composition II

SPCH-S121 Public Speaking


Quantitative Literacy

Satisfied by the Mathematics and Informatics courses for the major


Critical Thinking (3 cr)

Satisfied by the major                                                            


Cultural Diversity (3 cr)

One course from the list:      See your academic advisor for additional qualifying courses.                                                

SOAS-I100, SOAS-F200, SOC-S100, SPCH-S302, SPCH-S427, INFO-I356, EDUC-M300, BUS-D301, SPEA-V130, SPEA-J355, FOLK-F101, any 100-level or above foreign language course.


Ethics and Civic Engagement (3 cr)

One course from the list:                                                      

PHIL-P100 Introduction to Philosophy, PHIL-P140 Introduction to Ethics, PHIL-P383 Topics in Philosophy, HPER-P402, Ethics in Sport                                          


Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 cr)

(One course from each group) See your academic advisor for additional qualifying courses.

Sociology & Psychology                                                                                

SOC-S100 Introduction to Sociology, SOC-S101 Social Problems & Policies, PSY-P103 General Psychology, PSY-P216 Life Span Developmental Psych                     

Political Science, History and Economics*                           

POLS-Y103 Intro to American Politics, POLS-Y217 Introduction to Comparative Politics, POLS-Y219 Intro to Intl Relations, HIST-H105 American History I, HIST-H106 American History II, HIST-H113 History of Western Civilization I, HIST-H114 History of Western Civilization II                                       


Humanities and Arts (6 cr)

(One course from each group) See your academic advisor for additional qualifying courses.

Fine, Performing and Communication Arts:             

FINA-A101, FINA-A102, FINA-A108, FINA-F100, FINA-S200, HUMA-U101, HUMA-U102, HUMA-U103, HUMA-U305, MUS-M174, MUS-Z201, MUS-X001, MUS-X040, THTR-T120, ENG-W203                                                                             

Literature and Philosophy:                                                    

Any PHIL course except PHIL-P150, any ENG-L or ENG-E, SPAN-S360 Introduction to Spanish Literature              


Physical and Life Sciences (8 cr)

Satisfied by the major




SSCI-S 105 Freshman Seminar in Natural & Mathematical Sciences (1 cr)             


Chemistry Courses (28 cr)

CHEM-C105/125 General Chemistry I/Lab (5 cr)

CHEM-C106/126 General Chemistry II/Lab ‡ (5 cr)

CHEM-C341/343 Organic Chemistry I/Lab ‡ (5 cr)

CHEM-C342/344 Organic Chemistry II/Lab ‡ (5 cr)

CHEM-C361 Physical Chemistry I ‡ (3 cr)

CHEM-C310/311 Analytical Chemistry ‡ (5 cr)


Biochemistry Courses (13 cr)

CHEM-C329 Biochem I: Proteins and Enzymes ‡ (5 cr)

CHEM-C340 Biochem II: Bioenergetics & Metabolism (5 cr)

CHEM-C250 Intro to Genomics, Proteomics & Transcriptomics (3 cr) (Effective Fall 2017)


Biology Courses (16-18 cr)

BIOL-L105 Introduction to Biology (5 cr)

BIOL-L211/213 Molecular Biology and Lab ‡ (5 cr)

BIOL-L321 Principles of Immunology ‡ (3 cr)

MICR-M310/315 Microbiology and Lab ‡ (3-5 cr)


Physics Courses (10 cr)                     

PHYS-P201 General Physics I ‡ (5 cr)

PHYS-P202 General Physics II ‡ (5 cr)


PHYS-P221 General Physics I ‡ (5 cr)

PHYS-P222 General Physics II ‡ (5 cr)


Mathematics and Informatics Courses (12 cr)

MATH-M215 Calculus I ‡ (5 cr)

MATH-K310 Statistical Techniques ‡ (3 cr)

INFO-I101 Introduction to Informatics (4 cr)


Capstone and Research Courses (6-8 cr)

BIOL-L403 Biology Seminar (Capstone) ‡                             

            Or CHEM-C495 Chemistry Capstone ‡ (3 cr)

BIOL-L490 Individual Study (Biology Research) ‡

            Or CHEM-C409 Chemistry Research ‡ (3-5 cr)


Chemistry, Biochemistry, & Other Science Electives

(as needed to complete 120 cr)

CHEM-C250 Introduction to Genomics, Proteomics & Transcriptomics (3 cr) (students prior to Fall 2017)

CHEM-C430 Inorganic Chemistry ‡ (3 cr)

CHEM-C300 Energy & Green Chemistry ‡ (4 cr)

BIOL-L364 Principles of Genetics ‡ (3 cr)

BIOL-L473/474 Ecology and Lab ‡  (5 cr)

**If not already included in Biochemistry Courses

 ‡ Requires prerequisites