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  Nov 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Biochemistry, B.A.


About the Biochemistry Bachelor's Program


The B.A. in Biochemistry degree requires 120 credit hours for graduation and is primarily designed to prepare an undergraduate student for entry into medical school or other medically related professional schools. Graduates with a B.A. in Biochemistry are also qualified for industrial employment in areas in which a strong biochemistry background is an asset, such as technical sales or management. The B.A. degree provides sufficient background in biochemistry and chemistry for admission to a graduate program in biochemistry or biotechnology.

Communication Literacy Requirement. Students attending Texas Tech University for the first time in the Fall 2017 term or later will complete a Communication Literacy requirement in their program(s) of study.

Texas Tech University’s transition from the Writing Intensive requirement to the Communication Literacy requirement signals the university’s awareness that in addition to the fundamental role that writing plays in enabling students to explore, develop, focus, and organize a message, other types of communication must also be taught as appropriate for a student’s discipline. Throughout each program of study, then, students must be given ample opportunity to develop their skills in forms of communication central to that program.

Communication Literacy courses for the B.A. in Biochemistry are CHEM 4101  plus two other CL courses (see degree plan for specific requirements).

Recommended Curriculum


First Year


Fall


Total: 15


Spring


Total: 15


Second Year


Fall


Total: 16


Spring


Total: 15


Third Year


Fall


Total: 16


Spring


Total: 15


Fourth Year


Fall


Total: 15


Spring


  • English 3 Semester Credit Hours*
  • Language, Philosophy, & Culture Elective 6 Semester Credit Hours*
  • Elective 1 Semester Credit Hour
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Semester Credit Hours*

Total: 13


Total Hours: 120


* Select from Arts and Sciences General Requirements  for B.A. degree.
At least one should also be multicultural. If not, students must complete an additional course from the university’s Multicultural list.
Communication Literacy Course
§ Can substitute CHEM 3351  and CHEM 3251  for CHEM 3341  and CHEM 3141  
# BIOL 3416   and BIOL 3320 , plus the 3000-level BIOL minor course will complete a minor in the biological sciences

 

Biology


Failure to complete BIOL 1403  and BIOL 1404  in the first year will make the B.A. degree difficult to complete in four years without taking courses during summer sessions.

Calculus


Adequate training in algebra, trigonometry, and analytic geometry is a prerequisite for calculus. A score of 7 on the Math Placement Exam is necessary to take calculus the first year. Scores below 7 will require additional coursework.

Foreign Language


A student must complete 6 hours at the sophomore level or above in a single language. The prerequisite for all sophomore language courses is credit for the freshman level. This credit can be determined through a credit by examination. The score attained on the exam will determine whether the student is placed in a second-year course, a 5-hour review course, or in some cases the first or second semester of a beginning (first-year) language course. See Arts and Sciences General Degree Requirements for further explanation.