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Biochemistry and Chemical Biology (B.S.)

This degree offers students the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge in five areas of biological chemistry (bioorganic, bioinorganic, bioanalytical, biophysical, and health sciences). The program teaches key chemical concepts and develops student ability to apply them to a wide variety of biological problems. The program serves to develop and train graduates who will be well prepared to enter graduate or professional schools as well as careers in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biomedical, agricultural and bioinformatic industries.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University. Students planning to major in biochemistry and chemical biology should consult with an advisor in the Chemistry Department not later than the beginning of their sophomore year.

Program Requirements

Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the departmental major  requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.

Those who wish to follow the curriculum in the College for the B.S. with a major in Biochemistry and Chemical Biology degree must complete the following courses:

CHM 1100General Chemistry I4
CHM 1130General Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM 1140General Chemistry II4
CHM 1150General Chemistry II Laboratory1
CHM 1240Organic Chemistry I4
CHM 1250Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM 2220Organic Chemistry II4
CHM 2230Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
CHM 3000Metals in Biology3
CHM 3120Analytical Chemistry3
CHM 3130Analytical Chemistry Laboratory1
CHM 5400Biological Physical Chemistry3
CHM 6610Biological Chemistry Laboratory3
CHM 6620Metabolism: Pathways and Regulation3
CHM 6635Tools of Molecular Biology3
CHM 6640Molecular Biology3
CHM 5999Research in Chemistry 12-4
or CHM 5998 Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry
or CHM 5900 Biomedical Research as Discovery
Three courses in approved advanced chemistry topics. Please see a chemistry undergraduate advisor for a list of appropriate electives.8-10
PHY 2170University Physics for Scientists I4
PHY 2171University Physics Laboratory1
PHY 2180University Physics for Scientists II4
PHY 2181University Physics Laboratory II1
MAT 2010Calculus I4
MAT 2020Calculus II4
STA 1020Elementary Statistics3
BIO 1510
BIO 1511
Basic Life Mechanisms
and Basic Life Mechanisms Laboratory
Select one of the following:4-5
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Lab
Introduction to Cell Biology
Molecular Mechanisms of Microbiology
and Molecular Mechanisms of Microbiology Lab
Total Credits81-86

By the first semester of the senior year, the student must enroll for at least two credits in independent research (CHM 5999 or CHM 5998) or two credits of CHM 5900. The student must work under the direction of a faculty member of the Department of Chemistry. It is advised that the student consult with the faculty during the term prior to beginning work, in order to choose the area and staff member under whose direction this research will be carried out. At the conclusion of the project, the student must present a written report for approval by the Chairperson of the Department. With prior approval by the Chairperson of the Department, students may be allowed to substitute to 2 credits of an internship experience (CHM 6991) in place of a research project.

A minimum grade of C is required in prerequisite chemistry courses.

At least fifteen credits in chemistry plus Research in Chemistry (CHM 5999) must be earned at Wayne State University.

Biochemistry and Chemical Biology Honors (B.S. Program)

  1. All regular requirements for the Bachelor of Science with a major in Biochemistry and Chemical Biology degree must be fulfilled (no substitutions).
  2. Minimum g.p.a.: 3.3 overall; 3.3 in chemistry courses.
  3. Minimum of four credits must be earned in independent research (CHM 5998); this should commence in the junior year (or earlier).
  4. Completion of one semester of an HON 42XX honors seminar. (For information about honors-designated coursework available each semester, including the required 42XX honors seminar, visit the Honors College website.) This course may be used to partially fulfill college Group Requirements and can be elected in either the junior or senior year.
  5. Submission of a B.S. thesis (covering the undergraduate independent research project), or of a manuscript suitable for publication in a refereed chemical journal, to the Honors Subcommittee in Chemistry which will act to accept or reject the thesis (or manuscript).
  6. An oral examination covering the B.S. Honors Research Project, by the Honors Subcommittee in Chemistry.

The AGRADE program enables highly qualified students pursuing a B.S. with a major in Chemistry or a B.S. with a major in Biochemistry and Chemical Biology to enroll simultaneously in the M.A. with a major in Chemistry. Students will be able to apply up to a maximum of 16 credits towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. AGRADE applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (g.p.a.) of 3.50 or better. Applicants are also expected to have performed at a superior level in the major, as determined by the department, and the required g.p.a. in the major shall not be less than 3.6 at the time of application. The earliest students may be admitted into the AGRADE Program is the semester in which they complete 90 credits towards the undergraduate degree. Students should consult with an undergraduate advisor in their major department to seek advice about the appropriate time to apply for AGRADE status.


Depending on the degree, students may use up to 16 credits from the following courses to count towards their B.S. and M.A. degrees. Only those AGRADE-approved courses in which the student has earned a B or higher will transfer to the graduate transcript. Once in the master’s program, students may be required to repeat an AGRADE course in which they earn less than a B grade.

CHM 6070Advanced Bioinorganic Chemistry3
CHM 6090Organometallic Chemistry3
CHM 6170Advances in Bioanalytical Chemistry3
CHM 6240Organic Spectroscopy3
CHM 6270Advanced Bioorganic Chemistry and Drug Design3
CHM 6440Computational Chemistry3
CHM 6610Biological Chemistry Laboratory3
CHM 6620Metabolism: Pathways and Regulation3
CHM 6635Tools of Molecular Biology3
CHM 6640Molecular Biology3
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