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  Sep 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Biochemistry, B.S.


About the Biochemistry Bachelor's Program


The B.S. in Biochemistry degree requires 120 credit hours for graduation and will prepare an undergraduate student for graduate study in biochemistry and related disciplines, for entry into medical or dental school, or for employment in industrial or governmental laboratories in which graduate training is not required. A biology minor may be earned by completing one biology course in addition to those specifically required for the B.S. in Biochemistry degree (see the biological sciences undergraduate advisor for specific requirements). This additional biology course may be selected from the advanced electives needed to fulfill the bachelor’s degree.

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.S. in Biochemistry are CHEM 4101  plus two other CL courses (see degree plan for specific requirements).

Recommended Curriculum


First Year


Fall


Total: 16


Spring


Total: 15


Second Year


Fall


Total: 15


Spring


Total: 14


Third Year


Fall


Total: 14


Spring


Total: 15


Fourth Year


Fall


Total: 15


Spring


Total: 15


Total Hours: 120


* Select from Arts and Sciences General Requirements  for B.S. degree.

At least one should also be multicultural. If not, students must complete an additional course from the university’s Multicultural list.

Chosen from ENGL 2305 , ENGL 2306 , ENGL 2307 , ENGL 2308 , ENGL 2351 , ENGL 2388 , ENGL 2391  

§ Communication Literacy Course

# BIOL 3416 , MBIO 3401 , plus the biology-related major-related elective will complete a minor in the biological sciences

Taking CHEM 4105  and either CHEM 3301  or CHEM 4309  will complete American Chemical Society requirements.

For those who wish to pursue teacher certification, the university is implementing a new teacher education program that includes a full year of student teaching (two semesters of the senior year) for students beginning their teacher education program in spring 2013 or later.

Biology


Failure to complete BIOL 1403  and BIOL 1404  in the first year will make the B.S. 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 3 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 Requirements  for further explanation.

Major-Related Electives


Nine elective hours: 1 course from BIOL 3320 , MBIO 4402 , or MBIO 4404 ; and 2 courses from CHEM 3000  (3), CHEM 3301 , CHEM 4300 , CHEM 4306 , CHEM 4309 , CHEM 4314  or ENGL 2311