Pursue a future in molecular life science when you conduct original research with faculty mentors. Pursue a future in molecular life science when you conduct original research with faculty mentors. Pursue a future in molecular life science when you conduct original research with faculty mentors. Pursue a future in molecular life science when you conduct original research with faculty mentors. Pursue a future in molecular life science when you conduct original research with faculty mentors.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Biology and Department of Chemistry

Biochemistry

Questions?

Jeffrey Jankowski

+1 630 637 5191

jajankowski@noctrl.edu

Why pursue a biochemistry degree at North Central College?

In our investigative, interdisciplinary biochemistry degree program, you will gain a strong foundation in both biology and chemistry. You’ll prepare for a future in molecular life science, learn valuable techniques and use cutting-edge instruments as you explore how DNA and proteins interact to make up living cells. Original research with faculty mentors is a key component of our bachelor’s degree in biochemistry,the major; you’ll present your work in our seminar series and may be able to share your findings at a national conference or in a publication. Our graduates go on to top-ranked graduate and medical schools and to jobs with industry-leading employers. If you’re interested in getting a bachelor’s degree at North Central College, our faculty members would be more than happy to help you get started. Review our biochemistry major requirements below to get started now.

You can also:

  • Study current biomedical research and research ethics in our capstone course.
  • Apply for our funded summer research program.
  • Work with a dedicated pre-health advisor and the Pre-Health Organization student group.
  • Join the Beta Beta Beta biological honor society or the Student Members of the American Chemical Society chemistry student group.
  • Minor in bioinformatics, neuroscience or environmental studies.
  • Participate in our annual research symposium.
  • Study abroad in a science-specific program in England or Scotland.

The biochemistry program is an interdisciplinary program between the chemistry and biology departments. 

Chemistry Department information

Biology Department information

Biochemistry, B.A.

Biochemists study the molecules of life: proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. A B.A. degree in biochemistry prepares a student for employment in a private or government research laboratory; medical, dental, veterinary or law school; a position in a biotechnology or other scientific firm; or graduate study and research in both basic and applied sciences.  The B.A. degree requires fewer advanced science courses than the B.S., allowing students room to gain more breadth by pairing their biochemistry studies with a minor or emphasis outside the sciences. 

For additional information and courses in this program, see Chemistry and Physics.

Major Requirements

  • BCHM 365 - Principles of Biochemistry

    BCHM 365 - Principles of Biochemistry

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of the major classes of biological molecules. Protein structure and purification, enzyme kinetics and the major metabolic pathways are discussed. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 252.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BCHM 465 - Advances in Biomedical Research

    BCHM 465 - Advances in Biomedical Research

    4.00 credit hours

    Current topics in biochemistry are studied, allowing students to synthesize previous biology, chemistry and general education coursework. Ethical considerations in scientific research and recent primary literature are discussed. Laboratory required. Research course.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One of BCHM 365, BIOL 360 or BIOL 370.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions, U.S. Power Structures.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 195 - Investigating Biology

    BIOL 195 - Investigating Biology

    4.00 credit hours

    Students and faculty work as a team to conduct an authentic course-based undergraduate research project in an area of current importance. Course content is selected to support the research project and introduces students to concepts, techniques and skills of modern biology. Class activities move fluidly among lecture, laboratory, fieldwork, discussion and problem-solving modes. Gateway to the major.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 210 - Cells and Systems

    BIOL 210 - Cells and Systems

    4.00 credit hours

    Structure and function of cells and applications to physiological systems of plants and animals. Topics include cell membranes, enzymes, energy metabolism, cell movement and cell communication and their roles in nerve and muscle function, photosynthesis, vascular transport, digestion, excretion and other systems. Laboratory required, includes investigative projects in protein and enzyme function, metabolism and signal transduction.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 195 or (NEUR 100 with instructor consent); CHEM 121 or concurrent enrollment.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 230 - Genes and Genomics

    BIOL 230 - Genes and Genomics

    4.00 credit hours

    Genetic analysis and applications of genetics to the understanding of cellular processes. Investigation of classical Mendelian genetics and modern molecular genetics, including mechanisms of inheritance, DNA structure and function, genotyping and genomic analysis, mutation, epigenetics and gene regulation. Laboratory required, includes investigative projects in Drosophila genetics, gene cloning and human genotyping.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 220.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer

    BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer

    4.00 credit hours

    In-depth investigation of current concepts and topics in molecular biology, using cancer as a theme. Major topics include: regulation of gene expression, control of cell division and death and drug development. Reading of the primary literature and understanding current experimental methods are emphasized. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 230.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I

    CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I

    4.00 credit hours

    A discussion of chemical principles through examples from the chemistry of carbon compounds and the molecules found in living systems. Major topics include atomic and electronic structure, ions, molecules, Lewis structures, VSEPR, hybridization, intermolecular forces, chromatography, equilibria, kinetics, stereochemistry and polymer chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One year of high school chemistry and two years of high school algebra.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II

    CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to chemical principles within the context of the environmental issues of fuel and energy, water treatment and acid rain. Major chemical topics include gas laws, aqueous reactions and solubility, equilibria, acid/base chemistry, buffers, thermochemistry, redox, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 121.

    iCon(s)
    Sustaining Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 251 - Organic Chemistry I

    CHEM 251 - Organic Chemistry I

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of the various classes of carbon compounds, with emphasis upon molecular structure, stereochemistry and mechanisms of Organic reactions. Techniques for isolating, purifying and characterizing organic compounds are learned in the laboratory. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Six hours in Chemistry including CHEM 121 or CHEM 122.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 252 - Organic Chemistry II

    CHEM 252 - Organic Chemistry II

    4.00 credit hours

    Continuation of CHEM 251. This course builds on previously learned concepts to further explore the mechanisms of organic reactions. The emphasis shifts from physical organic to synthetic organic chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 251.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 310 - Chemical Analysis

    CHEM 310 - Chemical Analysis

    4.00 credit hours

    Discussion of analytical methods including sample collection and preparation, statistical analysis of data and quantitative analysis including theory and techniques for gravimetric, volumetric, spectrophotometric, chromatographic and electrochemical methods. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 122.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MATH 151 - Calculus I

    MATH 151 - Calculus I

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of the fundamental concepts of single-variable calculus including limits, continuity, differentiation and integration with applications.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 140 or placement; Four years of math including algebra, geometry and trigonometry recommended.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

Physical Chemistry

One of the following:

  • CHEM 340 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics

    CHEM 340 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics

    4.00 credit hours

    Chemical thermodynamics and chemical kinetics, including properties of gases, the First and Second Laws of thermodynamics and their application to physical and chemical systems, phase and chemical equilibria, rates and mechanisms of reactions, reaction dynamics. Laboratory required. Students with credit in PHYS 340 and PHYS 341 may not take CHEM 340 for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 152; PHYS 132 or PHYS 162.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 345 - Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy

    CHEM 345 - Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy

    4.00 credit hours

    Quantum theory, electronic structure of atoms and molecules, chemical bonding, computational chemistry, spectroscopic methods used to study molecular structure and reactions, statistical thermodynamics. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 151; PHYS 132 or PHYS 162.

    Schedule Of Classes

Seminar Sequence

One of the following sequences:

Biology Seminars
  • BIOL 290 - Seminar (must be taken twice)

    BIOL 290 - Seminar

    0.00 credit hours

    Students observe, question, discuss and critique fellow students, faculty and occasional guests who present research results in the format of a scientific meeting. Biology majors take this course twice prior to presenting their own work in BIOL 490.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 490 - Seminar

    BIOL 490 - Seminar

    1.00 credit hours

    Students who have completed a research project (summer research, independent study, off-campus research program, research course, etc.) present and discuss their research results in the format of a scientific meeting.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 290.

    Schedule Of Classes

Chemistry Seminars
  • CHEM 391 - Seminar I

    CHEM 391 - Seminar I

    1.00 credit hours

    In this course, students cover relevant professional development topics such as ethics, job seeking skills and safety. Students, faculty and guest presenters discuss research results in the format of a scientific meeting.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 251 or concurrent enrollment.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 392 - Seminar II

    CHEM 392 - Seminar II

    1.00 credit hours

    In this course, students learn to search the chemical literature, read primary literature and orally present a journal article. Students, faculty and guest presenters discuss research results in the format of a scientific meeting.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 251.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 493 - Seminar III

    CHEM 493 - Seminar III

    1.00 credit hours

    Students, faculty and guest presenters discuss research results in the format of a scientific meeting. Students orally present the results from a completed research project (summer research, independent study, off-campus research program, CHEM 485, BCHM 465, etc.).

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 391 and CHEM 392.

    Schedule Of Classes

Physics Sequence

One of the following sequences:

Non-Calculus
  • PHYS 131 - Physics I (Non-Calculus)

    PHYS 131 - Physics I (Non-Calculus)

    4.00 credit hours

    Kinematics, Newton's Laws, conservation laws, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of PHYS 131 and PHYS 161.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Precalculus (Algebra & Trigonometry) competence.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHYS 132 - Physics II (Non-Calculus)

    PHYS 132 - Physics II (Non-Calculus)

    4.00 credit hours

    Oscillations, waves, sound, electricity and magnetism, and optics. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of PHYS 132 and PHYS 162.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PHYS 131 and Precalculus (Algebra & Trigonometry) competence.

    Schedule Of Classes

Calculus-Based
  • PHYS 161 - Physics I: Mechanics and Heat

    PHYS 161 - Physics I: Mechanics and Heat

    4.00 credit hours

    Newton's Laws of motion, energy conservation, rotational motion, thermodynamics. Laboratory required, includes experimental physics and an introduction to computational modeling. Credit may be earned for only one of PHYS 131 and PHYS 161.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 160; MATH 151 or concurrent enrollment.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHYS 162 - Physics II: Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics

    PHYS 162 - Physics II: Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics

    4.00 credit hours

    Oscillations, waves, electricity, magnetism, optics. Laboratory required, includes experimental physics and computational modeling. Credit may be earned for only one of PHYS 132 and PHYS 162.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 160, MATH 151 and PHYS 161.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Biochemistry, B.S.

Biochemists study the molecules of life: proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. A B.A. degree in biochemistry prepares a student for employment in a private or government research laboratory; medical, dental, veterinary or law school; a position in a biotechnology or other scientific firm; or graduate study and research in both basic and applied sciences.  The B.S. degree requires additional advanced electives, allowing students to gain more depth in their science studies where they work to master the theoretical and applied aspects of biochemistry.

For additional information and courses in this program, see Chemistry and Physics.

Additional Requirements for the B.S. Degree

Twelve credit hours from the following:

  • BIOL 315 - Animal Physiology

    BIOL 315 - Animal Physiology

    4.00 credit hours

    Basic functional mechanisms of higher animals. Laboratory investigations including relatively long-term experimentation. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 230.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 320 - Plant Growth and Function

    BIOL 320 - Plant Growth and Function

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduces students to basic concepts about plant physiology, such as plant morphology, photosynthesis, water relations, and growth from the seed to reproductive adults. Laboratory work includes field observations and laboratory experiments. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 230.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 330 - Evolution

    BIOL 330 - Evolution

    4.00 credit hours

    Investigation of the history of evolutionary thought and the processes by which populations change over time. Laboratory work includes experimental selection, phylogenetics and computer simulations of populations genetics plus discussions of current readings. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 230.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 340 - Infectious Disease

    BIOL 340 - Infectious Disease

    4.00 credit hours

    Biology of pathogenic microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses and fungi, and the mechanisms by which they cause disease, with extensive use of the primary scientific literature. Epidemiological modeling of disease spread and the role of public-health intervention will be important topics, as will the immune response to disease. Laboratory required: independent project dealing with the spread and prevention of infection.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 230.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 370 - Mechanisms of Development

    BIOL 370 - Mechanisms of Development

    4.00 credit hours

    Exploration into the fundamental cellular and molecular mechanisms that guide cellular differentiation, morphogenesis, and growth of multicellular organisms. Topics include fertilization, gastrulation, organogenesis, regeneration, stem cells and environmental influences on development. Laboratory emphasizes techniques used to manipulate and examine developmental processes in several key model systems. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 230.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 450 - Environmental Ecology Through Models and Experiments

    BIOL 450 - Environmental Ecology Through Models and Experiments

    4.00 credit hours

    Much of current ecology depends on past natural history studies, scientific experiments and mathematical models that have simplified complex systems. This course examines topics in population and community ecology in depth, digging deep into literature and models. Students read deeply, think critically and work through models themselves. Issues in research ethics, authorship and peer review are discussed, focusing on the ethics and politics of ecological research, sustainability and anthropogenic effects on the environment. Laboratory required: students design, implement, analyze and present an independent experiment using the skills and knowledge from the course. Capstone course.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One of BIOL 320, BIOL 325, BIOL 330, BIOL 340 or BIOL 350.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 311 - Separation Methods

    CHEM 311 - Separation Methods

    2.00 credit hours

    Theory and practice of instrumental analytical chemistry related to separation methods including HPLC, GC, ion chromatography and capillary electrophoresis and related sampling handling and data analysis. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 310.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 312 - Spectrometry and Spectroscopy

    CHEM 312 - Spectrometry and Spectroscopy

    2.00 credit hours

    Theory and practice of instrumental analytical chemistry related to atomic and molecular spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 310.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 313 - Materials and Surface Analysis

    CHEM 313 - Materials and Surface Analysis

    2.00 credit hours

    Theory and practice of instrumental analytical chemistry related to materials and surface characterization. Major topics include electrochemical analysis, microscopy techniques, and solid-state analysis.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 310.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 315 - Spectral Interpretation

    CHEM 315 - Spectral Interpretation

    2.00 credit hours

    This course explores the spectroscopic methods and the identification of organic structures by interpretation of the spectra. Specific topics include 1D Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (1H & 13C), 2D Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (COSY, TOCSY, HSQC, NOESY, etc.), Infrared and Mass-Spectroscopy. This course emphasizes individual and collaborative problem-solving techniques that can be utilized to identify organic structures by the combination of the techniques described above.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 251.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 340 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics *

    CHEM 340 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics

    4.00 credit hours

    Chemical thermodynamics and chemical kinetics, including properties of gases, the First and Second Laws of thermodynamics and their application to physical and chemical systems, phase and chemical equilibria, rates and mechanisms of reactions, reaction dynamics. Laboratory required. Students with credit in PHYS 340 and PHYS 341 may not take CHEM 340 for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 152; PHYS 132 or PHYS 162.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 345 - Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy *

    CHEM 345 - Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy

    4.00 credit hours

    Quantum theory, electronic structure of atoms and molecules, chemical bonding, computational chemistry, spectroscopic methods used to study molecular structure and reactions, statistical thermodynamics. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 151; PHYS 132 or PHYS 162.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 401 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

    CHEM 401 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

    4.00 credit hours

    Coordination chemistry of the transition metals including isomerism, symmetry, group theory, molecular orbital theory, crystal field theory, UV-visible spectroscopy and kinetics and mechanisms of ligand substitution reactions. Study of macromolecular, supramolecular and nanoscale chemistry.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 301.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 451 - Advanced Organic Chemistry

    CHEM 451 - Advanced Organic Chemistry

    4.00 credit hours

    This course explores advanced topics in organic chemistry which build on the principles covered in CHEM 251 and CHEM 252 . The course explores one topic in depth such as physical organic chemistry, synthesis or catalysis.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 252.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 455 - Organometallic Chemistry

    CHEM 455 - Organometallic Chemistry

    4.00 credit hours

    This course explores the structure and bonding in organometallic compounds, ligands, fundamental organometallic reactions and catalysis within the context of the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 252.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSCE 242 - Introduction to Bioinformatics

    CSCE 242 - Introduction to Bioinformatics

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the field of bioinformatics. Computational methods for study of biological sequence data in comparative biology and evolution. Analysis of genome content and organization. Techniques for searching sequence databases, pairwise and multiple sequence alignment, phylogenetic methods and methods for pattern recognition and functional inference from sequence data. Database theory, information extraction, algorithm analysis and data mining are utilized. Programming required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 160 and BIOL 195.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • *if not already completed for the major.

Major Requirements

  • BCHM 365 - Principles of Biochemistry

    BCHM 365 - Principles of Biochemistry

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of the major classes of biological molecules. Protein structure and purification, enzyme kinetics and the major metabolic pathways are discussed. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 252.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BCHM 465 - Advances in Biomedical Research

    BCHM 465 - Advances in Biomedical Research

    4.00 credit hours

    Current topics in biochemistry are studied, allowing students to synthesize previous biology, chemistry and general education coursework. Ethical considerations in scientific research and recent primary literature are discussed. Laboratory required. Research course.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One of BCHM 365, BIOL 360 or BIOL 370.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions, U.S. Power Structures.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 195 - Investigating Biology

    BIOL 195 - Investigating Biology

    4.00 credit hours

    Students and faculty work as a team to conduct an authentic course-based undergraduate research project in an area of current importance. Course content is selected to support the research project and introduces students to concepts, techniques and skills of modern biology. Class activities move fluidly among lecture, laboratory, fieldwork, discussion and problem-solving modes. Gateway to the major.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 210 - Cells and Systems

    BIOL 210 - Cells and Systems

    4.00 credit hours

    Structure and function of cells and applications to physiological systems of plants and animals. Topics include cell membranes, enzymes, energy metabolism, cell movement and cell communication and their roles in nerve and muscle function, photosynthesis, vascular transport, digestion, excretion and other systems. Laboratory required, includes investigative projects in protein and enzyme function, metabolism and signal transduction.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 195 or (NEUR 100 with instructor consent); CHEM 121 or concurrent enrollment.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 230 - Genes and Genomics

    BIOL 230 - Genes and Genomics

    4.00 credit hours

    Genetic analysis and applications of genetics to the understanding of cellular processes. Investigation of classical Mendelian genetics and modern molecular genetics, including mechanisms of inheritance, DNA structure and function, genotyping and genomic analysis, mutation, epigenetics and gene regulation. Laboratory required, includes investigative projects in Drosophila genetics, gene cloning and human genotyping.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 220.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer

    BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer

    4.00 credit hours

    In-depth investigation of current concepts and topics in molecular biology, using cancer as a theme. Major topics include: regulation of gene expression, control of cell division and death and drug development. Reading of the primary literature and understanding current experimental methods are emphasized. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 230.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I

    CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I

    4.00 credit hours

    A discussion of chemical principles through examples from the chemistry of carbon compounds and the molecules found in living systems. Major topics include atomic and electronic structure, ions, molecules, Lewis structures, VSEPR, hybridization, intermolecular forces, chromatography, equilibria, kinetics, stereochemistry and polymer chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One year of high school chemistry and two years of high school algebra.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II

    CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to chemical principles within the context of the environmental issues of fuel and energy, water treatment and acid rain. Major chemical topics include gas laws, aqueous reactions and solubility, equilibria, acid/base chemistry, buffers, thermochemistry, redox, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 121.

    iCon(s)
    Sustaining Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 251 - Organic Chemistry I

    CHEM 251 - Organic Chemistry I

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of the various classes of carbon compounds, with emphasis upon molecular structure, stereochemistry and mechanisms of Organic reactions. Techniques for isolating, purifying and characterizing organic compounds are learned in the laboratory. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Six hours in Chemistry including CHEM 121 or CHEM 122.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 252 - Organic Chemistry II

    CHEM 252 - Organic Chemistry II

    4.00 credit hours

    Continuation of CHEM 251. This course builds on previously learned concepts to further explore the mechanisms of organic reactions. The emphasis shifts from physical organic to synthetic organic chemistry. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 251.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 310 - Chemical Analysis

    CHEM 310 - Chemical Analysis

    4.00 credit hours

    Discussion of analytical methods including sample collection and preparation, statistical analysis of data and quantitative analysis including theory and techniques for gravimetric, volumetric, spectrophotometric, chromatographic and electrochemical methods. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 122.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MATH 151 - Calculus I

    MATH 151 - Calculus I

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of the fundamental concepts of single-variable calculus including limits, continuity, differentiation and integration with applications.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 140 or placement; Four years of math including algebra, geometry and trigonometry recommended.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

Physical Chemistry

One of the following:

  • CHEM 340 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics

    CHEM 340 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics

    4.00 credit hours

    Chemical thermodynamics and chemical kinetics, including properties of gases, the First and Second Laws of thermodynamics and their application to physical and chemical systems, phase and chemical equilibria, rates and mechanisms of reactions, reaction dynamics. Laboratory required. Students with credit in PHYS 340 and PHYS 341 may not take CHEM 340 for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 152; PHYS 132 or PHYS 162.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 345 - Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy

    CHEM 345 - Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy

    4.00 credit hours

    Quantum theory, electronic structure of atoms and molecules, chemical bonding, computational chemistry, spectroscopic methods used to study molecular structure and reactions, statistical thermodynamics. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 151; PHYS 132 or PHYS 162.

    Schedule Of Classes

Seminar Sequence

One of the following sequences:

Biology Seminars
  • BIOL 290 - Seminar (must be taken twice)

    BIOL 290 - Seminar

    0.00 credit hours

    Students observe, question, discuss and critique fellow students, faculty and occasional guests who present research results in the format of a scientific meeting. Biology majors take this course twice prior to presenting their own work in BIOL 490.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIOL 490 - Seminar

    BIOL 490 - Seminar

    1.00 credit hours

    Students who have completed a research project (summer research, independent study, off-campus research program, research course, etc.) present and discuss their research results in the format of a scientific meeting.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BIOL 290.

    Schedule Of Classes

Chemistry Seminars
  • CHEM 391 - Seminar I

    CHEM 391 - Seminar I

    1.00 credit hours

    In this course, students cover relevant professional development topics such as ethics, job seeking skills and safety. Students, faculty and guest presenters discuss research results in the format of a scientific meeting.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 251 or concurrent enrollment.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 392 - Seminar II

    CHEM 392 - Seminar II

    1.00 credit hours

    In this course, students learn to search the chemical literature, read primary literature and orally present a journal article. Students, faculty and guest presenters discuss research results in the format of a scientific meeting.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 251.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHEM 493 - Seminar III

    CHEM 493 - Seminar III

    1.00 credit hours

    Students, faculty and guest presenters discuss research results in the format of a scientific meeting. Students orally present the results from a completed research project (summer research, independent study, off-campus research program, CHEM 485, BCHM 465, etc.).

    Prerequisite(s)

    CHEM 391 and CHEM 392.

    Schedule Of Classes

Physics Sequence

One of the following sequences:

Non-Calculus
  • PHYS 131 - Physics I (Non-Calculus)

    PHYS 131 - Physics I (Non-Calculus)

    4.00 credit hours

    Kinematics, Newton's Laws, conservation laws, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of PHYS 131 and PHYS 161.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Precalculus (Algebra & Trigonometry) competence.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHYS 132 - Physics II (Non-Calculus)

    PHYS 132 - Physics II (Non-Calculus)

    4.00 credit hours

    Oscillations, waves, sound, electricity and magnetism, and optics. Laboratory required. Credit may be earned for only one of PHYS 132 and PHYS 162.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PHYS 131 and Precalculus (Algebra & Trigonometry) competence.

    Schedule Of Classes

Calculus-Based
  • PHYS 161 - Physics I: Mechanics and Heat

    PHYS 161 - Physics I: Mechanics and Heat

    4.00 credit hours

    Newton's Laws of motion, energy conservation, rotational motion, thermodynamics. Laboratory required, includes experimental physics and an introduction to computational modeling. Credit may be earned for only one of PHYS 131 and PHYS 161.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 160; MATH 151 or concurrent enrollment.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHYS 162 - Physics II: Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics

    PHYS 162 - Physics II: Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics

    4.00 credit hours

    Oscillations, waves, electricity, magnetism, optics. Laboratory required, includes experimental physics and computational modeling. Credit may be earned for only one of PHYS 132 and PHYS 162.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 160, MATH 151 and PHYS 161.

    Schedule Of Classes

Biochemistry Internships and Jobs

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Graduate and Professional Schools

Recent graduates in biochemistry have been accepted at:

  • University of Notre Dame (global health)
  • University of Illinois (molecular biology)
  • Medical College of Wisconsin (molecular biology)
  • University of North Carolina (microbiology)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (microbiology)
  • Iowa State University (organic chemistry)
  • University of Colorado-Denver School of Medicine (pharmacology)
  • DePaul University Law School
  • Southern University of Georgia (certified anesthesia assistant)

Medical and Professional Schools

Recent graduates in biochemistry have been accepted at:

  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Rush University Medical School
  • Michigan State University Medical School
  • University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
  • Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine
  • University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy
  • Purdue College of Pharmacy
  • Governors State University, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Careers

Recent graduates in biochemistry are employed by:

  • Sentient Flavor & Fragrance
  • CGH Medical Center
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals
  • Pierce Chemical Co.
  • Sigma-Aldrich Chemical Co.
  • Boston Scientific

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