The degree program is suitable for students wishing a major in biochemistry that requires fewer credit hours in chemistry, physics, and mathematics than the BS degree…
There are two biochemistry options within the BA: general and teacher 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, physics, and mathematics 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 chemistry or related disciplines.
The BA in Biochemistry general option requires a minimum of 48 credit hours in chemistry. No more than 54 hours in chemistry may be counted toward the 120 credit hours required for graduation.
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 chemists or to pursue graduate studies in chemistry should elect one of the other program options (either BS or BA) in chemistry rather than the Secondary Education option.