Bachelor of Science with a major in Biochemistry
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)


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 diverse areas of research, including 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, biochemistry and laboratory science, and minors in chemistry biochemistry 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 gain a solid biochemical foundation, while securing a substantial foundation in the other major chemical subdisciplines, including analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and physical chemistry. This major is an excellent choice for students who are especially interested in studying the infrastructure and applications of chemistry in biological systems. With appropriate choice of courses, graduates will be prepared for entry into graduate programs in chemistry, biochemistry, or the biomedical sciences, and well-prepared for professional programs in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, 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 42-46
Program required courses 58
BIO 105/105L - Biology I (credits included in core requirements) 4
BIO 106/106L - Biology II 4
BIO 214/214L - Genetics 4
BIO 370 - Cell and Molecular Biology 3
CHE 150/150L - University General Chemistry I** 4
CHE 151/151L - University General Chemistry II** 4
CHE 250/250L/250S - University Organic Chemistry I** 5
CHE 251/251L/251S - University Organic Chemistry II** 5
CHE 307/307L - Quantitative Analysis 5
CHE 327 - Applied Physical Chemistry or CHE 371 - Physical Chemistry II 3
CHE 350/350L - 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) 4
MAT 195 - Calculus II 4
PHY 210 - University Physics I** 4
PHY 211 - University Physics II** 4

**Matriculated majors are expected to enroll in the University course sequences for general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. The following substitutions may be made with department permission: CHE 110 for CHE 150; CHE 111 for CHE 151; CHE 210 or CHE 210G for CHE 250; CHE 211 or 211G for CHE 251; PHY 110 for PHY 210; and/or PHY 111 for PHY 211.

Flexible program required courses

Select a minimum of three program elective courses for a total of 9 credits, no more than 3 credits of which may be CHE 410 and/or CHE 411. At least one program elective course of the three must be taken, CHE 375, CHE 417/417L, or CHE 450. Consult with your advisor for approval of program electives not listed. 

CHE 280 - Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry

CHE 320 - Mechanistic Organic Chemistry 3

CHE 370/370L - Physical Chemistry I


CHE 375 - Advanced Laboratory


CHE 380 - Inorganic Chemistry


CHE 405 - Medicinal Chemistry


CHE 410 - Research I 


CHE 411 - Research II

CHE 417/417L - Instrumental Methods of Analysis 4

CHE 420 - Spectroscopic Methods of Structural Analysis


CHE 450 - Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory 


Minimum flexible required credits


Minimum program credits 


Open elective credits (as needed to reach 120 credits)



Minimum program credits 67
Open elective credits Variable
Minimum required total credits 120

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.


Required courses Credits
CHE 350/350L - Biochemistry I: Proteins 5
CHE 351 - Biochemistry II: Bioenergetics & Metabolism 3
BIO 370 - Cell and Molecular Biology 3
CHE 307/307L - Quantitative Analysis or CHE 450 - Advanced Biochemistry Lab 5 or 3
Total 14-16


Elective courses (choose at least one) Credits
CHE 280/280L - Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHE 307/307L - Quantitative Analysis* 5
CHE 320 - Mechanistic Organic Chemistry 3
CHE 327 - Applied Physical Chemistry 3
CHE 371 - Physical Chemistry II 3
CHE 375 - Advanced Laboratory 2
CHE 405 - Medicinal Chemistry 3
CHE 417/417L - Instrumental Methods of Analysis 4
CHE 420 - Spectroscopic Methods of Structural Analysis 3
CHE 450 - Advanced Biochemistry Lab* 3
BIO 254 - Medicinal Plant Biology 3
BIO 305 - Virology  3
BIO 318 - Nutrition through the Life Cycle  3
BIO 323/323L - Microbiology 4
BIO 365 - Immunology 3
BIO 404/404S - Neuroscience** 4
BIO 407 - Developmental Biology 3
NEU 205/205L - Introduction to Neurobiology 4
MAR 326 - Experimental Animal Physiology 3


Totals Credits
Elective 2-5
Minimum 16-21


*If not chosen as a required course.

**Enrollment eligibility dependent upon availability and requires permission

Additionally, selected topics courses may be acceptable. Contact the academic director for more information.

There are no restrictions on counting a course towards this minor and towards other program requirements.

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 advisor. 

Transfer Credit

Courses completed at another accredited college can be transferred to this degree program. A transferred course must align in scope and content to the required course offered at UNE. Otherwise, a course may transfer as a general elective. All courses completed must be no older than five years. Transferred courses for matriculated students must be approved by the department. Other restrictions apply. See Undergraduate Admissions for more information.


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 2020-2021 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication May 1, 2020.

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.