Jul 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Biochemistry, B.S.

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Department Contact:

Chair: Dr. Michele Hargittai, mhargittai@francis.edu, 814-472-2775
Coordinator: Dr. Michele Hargittai, mhargittai@francis.edu, 814-472-2775

Program Description:

The Biochemistry major is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly by the Biology Department and the Chemistry Department. Biochemists study the chemical processes that occur in living cells as well as the structure and function of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids. The Biochemistry major at Saint Francis University gives students a solid background in the fundamental principles of chemistry and biology. Students learn cutting edge science and how to apply their knowledge to solve problems through critical thinking. Biochemistry graduates find employment opportunities in the fields of medicine, pharmacology, bioinformatics, cancer biology, biophysics, immunology, genetics, cosmetic industry, agricultural industry, food industry, government, and sales and marketing. Students will graduate ready to enter the workforce directly into research or to pursue further study in graduate or professional school. An American Chemical Society (ACS) certified degree may be earned. Undergraduate research and/or internships are greatly encouraged.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Department Learning Objectives

  1. Ability to use and read chemical formulas, nomenclature and chemical reactions and to do calculations involving stoichiometry, mixtures, solutions, solubility, and chemical equilibrium
  2. Ability to describe and recognize bonding, structure and stereochemistry and to predict organic reactions, mechanisms and synthesis
  3. Ability to describe how biological molecules are metabolized, regulation of metabolic pathways, and regulation of cell signaling systems
  4. Ability to demonstrate knowledge of molecular genetics and how this leads to the expression and inheritance of traits
  5. Ability to apply the laws of thermodynamics to evaluate conditions of chemical equilibrium and direction and rates of chemical reactions
  6. Ability to read primary sources in biochemistry (peer reviewed literature) and verbally communicate chemical concepts effectively

Accreditation Statement:

The Saint Francis University Chemistry program has been approved by the American Chemical Society to offer ACS certified degrees. ACS may be contacted at 1155 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; (202)872-4600; www.acs.org.

Estimated Completion Time:

Typically 4 years of full-time study

Total Credits Required:

128 credits minimum

Courses Required for the Major: (78 credits)

American Chemical Society Certified Degree

Required courses with corresponding labs:  CHEM 121 , CHEM 122 , CHEM 221 , CHEM 222 , CHEM 251 , CHEM 321 CHEM 322 CHEM 323 , CHEM 324 BCHM 405 , BCHM 407 , BCHM 492  and BCHM 398 -BCHM 399  or BCHM 499 

Plus 3 or more additional credits:  CHEM 305 , CHEM 308 , CHEM 401 , CHEM 404 , CHEM 410 

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