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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.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 122

General Education Requirements

First Year Experience (F):
UNIV 189Skills For Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take UNIV 189.)1
Communication (C):
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
ENGL 321Writing in the Technical Professions3
or ENGL 324 Writing in the Sciences
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Quantitative Reasoning (R):
MATH 165Calculus I4
Science & Technology (S):
PHYS 251
University Physics I
and University Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 252
University Physics II
and University Physics II Laboratory
Humanities & Fine Arts (A): Select from current general education list6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (B): Select from current general education list6
Wellness (W): Select from current general education list2
Cultural Diversity (D): Select from current general education list
Global Perspectives (G): Select from current general education list
Total Credits41

College Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree – An additional 6 credits in Humanities or Social Sciences*

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.


 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

General Education Requirements40
Science and Mathematics College Requirements6-12
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 465Principles of Physical Chemistry and Biophysics *4
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
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
Select one of the following:4
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM 341Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 342Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 353Majors Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 354Majors Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2
CHEM 380Chemistry Junior Seminar1
CHEM 431Analytical Chemistry I3
CHEM 491Seminar2
MATH 166Calculus II4
MICR 350
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
STAT 330Introductory Statistics3
ZOO 315Genetics3
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
Degree Requirements: 1 credit to reach 1221
Total Credits122-128

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.