Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry


The Undergraduate Biochemistry Program leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) is intended for students whose primary objective is to move into a career where a strong background in biochemistry will be beneficial.

The B.A. program places less emphasis on the quantitative and physical sciences than the B.S. program and allows students greater flexibility in course selection. For this reason, the B.A. program is recommended for most pre-medical students. However, the B.A. program is also well suited for students considering graduate school in the biological sciences.

Students may participate in an undergraduate research project in one of the many laboratories at CWRU engaged in biochemical research. Undergraduate research is a prerequisite for the SAGES capstone experience.

Partial Course List

A sample BA program of study is given below.

See the Student Information System for a complete listing of classes.

Biochemistry: 23-26 credits

Course Name Hours
BIOC 307 General Biochemistry 4
BIOC 308 Genes and Genetic Engineering 4
BIOC 373 Biochemistry SAGES Seminar 3
BIOC 391 Undergraduate Biochemistry Research 3-6
BIOC 393 Biochemistry Capstone 3
  Approved technical electives in Biochemistry 6
BIOC 312 or
BIOC 334

Proteins and Enzymes (312) or
Structural Biology (334)


Biology: 8 credits

Course Name Hours
BIOL 214 Genes and Evolution (lab and lecture) 4
BIOL 215 Cells and Proteins (lab and lecture) 4

Chemistry: 21 credits

Course Name Hours
CHEM 105 Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 106 Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHEM 113 Principles of Chemistry Lab 2
CHEM 223 Introductory Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 224 Introductory Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 233 Introductory Organic Chemistry Lab I 2
CHEM 234 Introductory Organic Chemistry Lab II 2
CHEM 301 Introductory Physical Chemistry I 3

Mathematics: 8 credits

Course Name Hours
MATH 125 Mathematics I 4
MATH 126 Mathematics II 4

Physics: 8 credits

Course Name Hours
PHYS 115 Introductory Physics I (lab and lecture) 4
PHYS 116 Introductory Physics II (lab and lecture) 4

Statistics: 3 credits; choose 1

Course Name Hours
STAT 201

Basic Statistics for Social and Life Sciences 

or STAT 312 Basic Statistics for Engineering and Science 3
or STAT 312R Basis Statistics for Engineering and Science Using R 3
or STAT 313 Statistics for Experimenters 3