Bachelor of Science with a major in Biochemistry


John Stubbs


Chemistry and physics are fundamental sciences that touch every aspect of our lives and the world around us. Chemistry is the study of matter: its chemical and physical properties, the chemical and physical changes it undergoes, and the energy changes that accompany those processes. Chemistry often is referred to as the central science; it rests upon the foundation of mathematics and physics and in turn is the essential basis for the life sciences such as biology and medicine. Chemistry is largely an experimental science, and has applications in such diverse areas of research as the development of new drugs, the search for solutions to problems of environmental pollution, and the derivation of alternative energy sources. Much cutting-edge research in biology and medicine is being carried out at the level of atoms and molecules, the particles of matter upon which the study of chemistry is based.

Physics, too, is the study of matter and energy, viewed from a different perspective. To understand living systems and the universe in which we live requires an understanding of the chemical and physical principles that operate within them.

In addition to offering majors in chemistry, chemistry/secondary education, biochemistry and laboratory science, and minors in chemistry and biophysics, the department fills a significant role for students in other programs through its introductory courses in chemistry and physics.  Because of the fundamental roles of chemistry and physics in the biological, environmental, and health sciences, students in these programs benefit from the conceptual, quantitative, problem-solving, and communication skills stressed in the introductory courses, which form the foundation for later courses in the students' majors.

Major Description

The bachelor of science degree in biochemistry, with its balanced curriculum, assures that each student will achieve a substantial foundation in the other major chemical subdisciplines, including analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and physical chemistry. This major is a good choice for students who are especially interested in studying the applications of chemistry in biological systems. With appropriate choice of courses, graduates will be prepared for entry into graduate programs in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and many other fields that rely on chemistry as a fundamental science. Students wishing to enter the job market immediately after completion of their degree program have available to them a wide range of career opportunities in both the public and private sectors. Graduates will be especially well-prepared for entry-level positions in the rapidly growing biotechnology industry.

Curricular Requirements


CAS Core Requirements

Program Required Courses 58-59
BIO 105 - Biology I (credits included in core requirements)  
BIO 106 - Biology II 4

BIO 200 - Genetics


BIO 207 Organismal Genetics

BIO 370 - Cell and Molecular Biology 3
CHE 150- University General Chemistry I** 4
CHE 151 - University General Chemistry II** 4
CHE 250  - University Organic Chemistry I** 5
CHE 251  - University Organic Chemistry II** 5
CHE 307 - Quantitative Analysis 5

CHE 327 - Applied Physical Chemistry


CHE 371

CHE 350 - Biochemistry I: Proteins 5
CHE 351 - Biochemistry II: Metabolism and Bioenergetics 3
CHE 401 - Chemistry Seminar 1
MAT 190 - Calculus I (credits included in core requirements)  
MAT 195 - Calculus II 4
PHY 210  - University Physics I** 4
PHY 211  - University Physics II** 4
** The following substitutions may be made with department advisor permission: CHE 110 for CHE 150; CHE 111 for CHE 151; CHE 210 or CHE 210G for CHE 250; CHE 211 or CHE 211G for CHE 251; PHY 110 for PHY 210; and/or PHY 111 for PHY 211.  

Flexible Program Required Courses:  

One of the Following:  

CHE 309


CHE 375


CHE 450

A Minimum of Two of the Following:  

CHE 280 - Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry


CHE 320 - Mechanistic Organic Chemistry


CHE 370 - Physical Chemistry I


CHE 380 - Inorganic Chemistry


CHE 405 - Medicinal Chemistry


CHE 410 - Research I


CHE 411 - Research II


CHE 420 - Spectro Method Struct Analysis


Minimum Flexible Required Credits*


Minimum Program Credits 


Open elective credits (as needed to reach 120 credits)


Minimum Required Total Credits 


*No more than 3 credits of which may be CHE 410 and CHE 411.  Consult with your academic advisor for approval of advanced CHE courses not listed below.


Students in this major can participate in the pre-health graduate school preparation tracks.

Academic and Technical Standards

A minimum grade of C- must be achieved in all required science and mathematics courses used toward graduation in biochemistry, and a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average in the sciences is a requirement for graduation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to describe and apply advanced biochemical information and concepts.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in safe and ethical laboratory practices and use of instrumentation standard to the discipline.
  • Students will be able to clearly communicate biochemical information in both oral and written forms.
  • Students will be able to work collaboratively in various team settings.
  • Students will be able to compete successfully for placement in graduate programs or employment relevant to the field of study.

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. Interested students should consult with their major advisor. 

Transfer Credit

Courses completed at another accredited college can be transferred to this degree program.  Transferred courses must be reasonably close in scope and content to the required courses offered at UNE in order to count as exact equivalents.  Otherwise, they may transfer as general electives.  All courses completed must be no older than five years.  Other restrictions apply.  See Undergraduate Admissions also.


Preferred conditions for entry into the biochemistry major are completion of at least three years of high school mathematics and three years of high school science, including biology, chemistry and physics. See Undergraduate Admissions also.

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2017-2018 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication April 28, 2017.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.

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