Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023

Biochemistry, Bachelor of Science (519)



Dr. Kevin Williams, Department of Chemistry
Kelly Thompson Hall, Office 4016
Phone: 270-745-8899    

Department of Chemistry: M. Kim, K. Williams, B. Williams, D. Wolfgang
Department of Biology: C. Emani, R. King, A. Srivastava

Biochemistry is the study of the chemical basis of living organisms. The subject includes the investigation of the various classes of biomolecules (proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates) and their metabolic interactions.

Training in biochemistry offers many exciting opportunities in teaching, research, and public service. It provides excellent preparation for students intending to enter professional programs such as Dentistry and Medicine as well as graduate study in Biochemistry, Chemistry, or Biology. The Biochemistry program is the only stand-alone Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry at a public institution in the Commonwealth. It is administered jointly through the Departments of Biology and Chemistry. Students may enroll for biochemistry courses through either the Department of Biology or the Department of Chemistry, depending upon their major emphasis.

Biochemistry I (BIOL 446/CHEM 446) is strongly recommended for pre-medicine and pre-dentistry students as well as for chemistry and biology majors.

Major in Biochemistry, Bachelor of Science (519)

Program Requirements (60 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

The major in biochemistry requires a minimum of 60 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. This sequence of required chemistry and biology courses along with elective courses from biology, chemistry, agriculture, and physics offers the student a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary training.

Required Courses
CHEM 120College Chemistry I3
CHEM 121College Chemistry I Laboratory2
CHEM 222College Chemistry II3
CHEM 223College Chemistry II Laboratory2
CHEM 330Quantitative Analysis5
CHEM 340Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 341Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 342Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 343Organic Chemistry II Laboratory2
BIOL 120Biological Concepts: Cells Metabolism and Genetics3
BIOL 121Biological Concepts: Cells, Metabolism, and Genetics Lab1
BIOL 122Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology3
BIOL 123Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology Lab1
BIOL 319Introduction to Molecular and Cell Biology3
BIOL 322Introduction to Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 411Cell Biology3
BIOL/CHEM 446Biochemistry I3
BIOL/CHEM 447Biochemistry Laboratory2
BIOL/CHEM 467Biochemistry II3
Select at least 12 hours of the following courses:12
Genome Discovery Exploration
Plant Biology and Diversity
Plant Biology and Diversity Lab
Animal Biology and Diversity
Animal Biology and Diversity Lab
Microbial Biology and Diversity
Microbial Biology and Diversity Lab
Evolution: Theory and Process
Genetics Laboratory
Animal Physiology
Animal Physiology Laboratory
Introduction to Recombinant Genetics
Introductory Biostatistics
Research Problems in Biology
Plant Physiology
Molecular Basis of Cancer
Techniques and Theory of Electron Microscopy
Cell Biology Laboratory
Introduction to Toxicology
Developmental Genetics
Recombinant Gene Technology
Selected Topics in Biology
Molecular Genetics
Plant Biotechnology
Inorganic Chemistry I
Research Problems in Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry II
Forensic Chemistry
Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 412
Physical Chemistry I
Physical Chemistry I Laboratory
Physical Chemistry II
Physical Chemistry II Laboratory
Bioinorganic Chemistry
Selected Topics in Chemistry
Crop Physiology
Soils Laboratory
Soil Fertility and Fertilizers
Weed Science
Weed Science Laboratory
Soil Microbiology
Soil Chemistry
Soil Chemistry Laboratory
Physiology and Anatomy of Domestic Animals
Principles of Animal Nutrition
Physiology of Reproduction in Domestic Animals
Physiology of Reproduction in Domestic Animal Laboratory
Animal Feeds and Feeding Practices
Research Problems in Agriculture
General Biophysics
Radiation Biophysics
Total Hours60

Additional Courses (12-14 Hours)

MATH 136Calculus I4
Select one of the following groups:
PHYS 231
PHYS 232
PHYS 233
PHYS 332
Introduction to Physics and Biophysics I
and Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics I
and Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics II
and Introduction to Physics and Biophysics II
PHYS 255
PHYS 256
PHYS 265
PHYS 266
University Physics I
and University Physics I Lab
and University Physics II
and University Physics II Laboratory

Finish in Four Plan

First Year
BIOL 120
BIOL 121
4BIOL 122
BIOL 123
CHEM 120
CHEM 121
5CHEM 222
CHEM 223
ENG 1003MATH 1364
COMM 1453HIST 101 or HIST 1023
 15 16
Second Year
CHEM 3305BIOL 319
BIOL 322
PHYS 231
PHYS 232
4CHEM 340
CHEM 341
ENG 2003PHYS 332
PHYS 233
Colonnade - Social & Behavioral Science3Colonnade - Arts & Humanitites3
 15 16
Third Year
CHEM 342
CHEM 343
5BIOL 4463
Biochemistry Elective3BIOL 4472
Colonnade - Writing in the Disciplines3BIOL 4113
World Language or Elective3Biochemistry Elective3
 Colonnade - Social & Cultural3
 14 14
Fourth Year
BIOL 399 or CHEM 3993BIOL 4673
Biochemistry Elective3Elective3
Biochemistry Elective3Elective3
Colonnade - Local to Global3Elective3
Colonnade - Systems3Elective3
 15 15
Total Hours 120