Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry


Our B.A. and B.S. programs in Biochemistry both provide a strong foundation in biomedical sciences.  Both programs prepare students well for postgraduate studies and careers in health sciences or research.  The two programs differ in their math, physics, and statistics course requirements and number of required technical elective courses.  Both programs include optional tracks in Cancer Biology, Infectious Disease, Metabolism, and Computational Health Science.

Biochemistry students are expected to participate in an undergraduate research project in one of the many laboratories at CWRU engaged in biochemical research.


Courses required for the Biochemistry B.S. (2023-24 General Bulletin)

The Biochemistry B.S. course requirements have been updated in the 2023-24 General Bulletin.   (The previous course requirements and sample schedules can be found by clicking to the student information page.) 

Students starting in Fall 2023 must complete the courses listed below as part of the Biochemistry B.S. requirements.  Full course requirements and a sample schedule are available on the student information page.

Biochemistry: 33-36 credits
Course Name Hours
BIOC 101 Frontiers in Biochemistry 1
BIOC 307 Introduction to Biochemistry 4
BIOC 308 Molecular Biology 4
BIOC 373 Biochemistry SAGES Seminar 3
BIOC 391 Research Project 3-6
BIOC 393 Senior Capstone Experience 3
2 BIOC core courses

2 of the following 3 courses:

BIOC 312   Proteins and Enzymes

BIOC 334   Structural and Computational Biology

BIOC 350   Molecular Basis of Cancer

3 approved technical electives Please see list of approved courses 9
Biology: 8 credits
Course Name Hours
BIOL 214, 214L Genes, Evolution and Ecology (lecture & lab) 4
BIOL 215, 215L Cells and Proteins (lecture & lab) 4
Chemistry: 18 credits
Course Name Hours
CHEM 105 (or CHEM 111) Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 106 (or ENGR 145) Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHEM 113 Principles of Chemistry Lab 2
CHEM 223 (or CHEM 323) Introductory Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 224 (or CHEM 324) Introductory Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 233 Introductory Organic Chemistry Lab I 2
CHEM 234 Introductory Organic Chemistry Lab II 2
Mathematics: 8 credits
Course Name Hours
MATH 121 Calculus for Science and Engineering I 4
MATH 122 (or MATH 124) Calculus for Science and Engineering II 4
Physics: 8 credits
Course Name Hours
PHYS 121 General Physics I - Mechanics (lecture & lab) 4
PHYS 122 General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism (lecture & lab) 4
Statistics: 3 credits; choose 1
Course Name Hours

STAT 312

Basic Statistics for Engineering and Science 


or STAT 312R Basic Statistics for Engineering and Science Using R 3
or STAT 313 Statistics for Experimenters 3
Computer Science: 3 credits; choose 1
Course Name Hours

ENGR 131

Elementary Computer Programming


or CSDS 132 Programming in Java 3