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UCCS Academic Catalog 2012-2013

    University of Colorado Colorado Springs
   
 
  Dec 17, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Biochemistry, BA


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The BA in Biochemistry program is suitable for students wishing to complete a major in biochemistry that requires fewer credit hours in chemistry than does the biochemistry BS degree.

There are three biochemistry options within the BA in Biochemistry: general, pre-med, and secondary education.  Recommended year-by-year curricula for each option follow.

Biochemistry BA, General Option: Four-Year Curriculum


The BA in Biochemistry with the general option is designed for students who wish to major in biochemistry, but is limited to fewer credit hours in chemistry than the BS in Biochemistry. Students may be interested in a more general degree or may be pre-professional students who will elect significant course work from another department. BA students may go on to graduate school in the biochemical sciences by taking additional courses in biochemistry or related disciplines.

The BA in Biochemistry general option requires a minimum of 52 credit hours in chemistry. No more than 54 hours in chemistry may be counted toward the 120 credit hours required for graduation.

Students are required to select 10 credit hours of upper-division electives in chemistry. Up to 7 credit hours may be

  or  .

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester


Junior Year, Fall Semester


Junior Year, Spring Semester


Senior Year, Fall Semester


Senior Year, Spring Semester


  • Electives or area requirements - 13 credit hours

Total Credit Hours: 120


Biochemistry BA, Pre-Med Option: Four-Year Curriculum


Admission to medical school is a difficult and highly competitive process. Additionally, medical schools are looking for candidates who not only excel academically, but who also demonstrate high-level interpersonal skills and have a good grasp of current issues in science and medicine. The BA in Biochemistry pre-med option has been designed specifically and carefully for students who are interested in a career in medicine. This option satisfies the latest course requirements of most medical schools, provides the breadth of classes needed to prepare students for the MCAT, and allows candidates to develop strengths in critical thinking and communication that lead to success. This option is also appropriate for students interested in other health-related careers.

Students who wish to work as biochemists or to pursue graduate studies in biochemistry should elect the BS in Biochemistry rather than the pre-med option.

The BA in Biochemistry pre-med option requires a minimum of 52 credit hours in chemistry. No more than 54 hours in chemistry may be counted toward the 120 credit hours required for graduation.

Students are required to select 4 credit hours of upper-division electives in chemistry. Up to 4 credit hours may be

  or  .

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester


Senior Year, Fall Semester


Senior Year, Spring Semester


Total Credit Hours: 120


Biochemistry BA, Secondary Education Option: Four-Year Curriculum


The BA in Biochemistry with the secondary education option is designed for students wishing to be high school chemistry teachers. This program has very specific requirements and little room for elective courses that will not count towards graduation. It is important to consult with advisors from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the College of Education.

Students who wish to work as biochemists or to pursue graduate studies in biochemistry should elect the BS Biochemistry rather than the secondary education option.

The BA in Biochemistry secondary education option requires a minimum of 34 credit hours in chemistry. No more than 54 hours in chemistry may be counted toward the hours required for graduation.

Students are required to select 3 credit hours of upper-division elective in chemistry.

Note:


*Secondary Education Option students, when registering for CHEM 4901 Introduction to Lab Teaching, must contact the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department chair in the semester prior to that in which they intend to teach, in order to determine an appropriate laboratory to teach.

Senior Year, Fall Semester


Total Credit Hours: 124


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