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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major is designed to give students a detailed understanding of the chemistry of living matter. Careers exist in medical, pharmaceutical, food processing, and agricultural laboratories. Graduates also will have excellent preparation for graduate school or schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, and business.

Biochemistry Minor

A minor in Biochemistry also is available. Contact the department for details.

Major Requirements

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 122

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A list of approved general education courses is available here .
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, should they apply.
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.

College Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree – An additional 12 credits Humanities and Social Sciences and proficiency at the second year level in a modern foreign language. *12
Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree – An additional 6 credits in Humanities or Social Sciences *6

 Humanities and Social Sciences may be fulfilled by any course having the following prefix: ADHM, ANTH, ARCH, ART, CJ, CLAS, COMM, ECON, ENGL, FREN, GEOG, GERM, HDFS, HIST, LA, LANG, MUSC, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, RELS, SOC, SPAN, THEA, WGS, or any course from the approved list of general education courses in humanities and social sciences (general education categories A and B). These credits must come from outside the department of the student’s major.

Major Requirements

Biochem & Molecular Biology Requirements
BIOC 460Foundations of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I3
BIOC 460LFoundations of Biochemistry I Laboratory1
BIOC 461Foundations of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II3
BIOC 473Methods of Biochemical Research3
BIOC 474Methods of Recombinant DNA Technology3
BIOC 483Cellular Signal Transduction Processes and Metabolic Regulations3
BIOC 487Molecular Biology of Gene Expression3
BIOL 150
General Biology I
and General Biology I Laboratory
Select one of the follwing:4
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 341Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 342Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 353Majors Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 354Majors Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2
CHEM 465Survey of Physical Chemistry4
CHEM 380Chemistry Junior Seminar1
CHEM 431Analytical Chemistry I3
CHEM 491Seminar2
ENGL 321Writing in the Technical Professions (May satisfy general education category C)3
or ENGL 324 Writing in the Sciences
MATH 165Calculus I (May satisfy general education category R)4
MATH 166Calculus II4
MICR 350
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
PHYS 251
University Physics I
and University Physics I Laboratory (May satisfy general education category S)
PHYS 252
University Physics II
and University Physics II Laboratory (May satisfy general education category S)
STAT 330Introductory Statistics (May satisfy general education category R)3
ZOO 315Genetics (May satisfy general education category S)3
Upper-Level Science Electives
300-400 level courses in BIOL, BIOC, BOT, ZOO, CHEM, CSCI, MICR, PSCI, PHYS, PPTH, or STAT. No more than 6 credits from one prefix may apply. Research credits (CHEM 494/BIOC 494) may count towards 3 of these credits.9
Total Credits91

CHEM 364 Physical Chemistry I & CHEM 365 Physical Chemistry II will satisfy this requirement and 2 credits of upper-level science electives.

Degree Notes:

  • Except for courses offered only as pass/fail grading, no course may be taken Pass/Fail.

Minor Requirements

Biochemistry Minor

Minor Requirements

Required Credits: 16

Required Courses
All minor courses must be selected in consultation with a Biochemistry adviser.16
Total Credits16

Minor Requirements and Notes

  • A minimum of 8 credits must be taken at NDSU.
  • The student and adviser will complete a substitution form with the courses to be used for the biochemistry minor.  This form will also requires the signature of the department chairperson before being submitted to the Office of Registration and Records for verification of minor program completion.
  • Note: This minor will not be available for view in the Student Advisement/Requirement Report in Campus Connection.