Biochemistry Program Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outline the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

Chemistry is the study of the properties of matter and the ways in which matter interacts. combines and changes. It is inherently interdisciplinary in nature, with connections to the life sciences, geology, physics and mathematics.

The Chemistry major consists of a set of core chemistry, physics, and mathematics courses plus a flexible selection of upper level courses. This allows students to explore topics of interest and prepare for a wide range of graduate programs, careers and professions. All Chemistry majors will develop strong laboratory skills and have experience with state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation.

Students completing the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry will demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in laboratory skills related to safety, use of equipment and instrumentation, and solution preparation.
  • Ability to develop a systematic method of analysis in order to answer a scientific question.
  • Understanding of basic chemical principles of chemical structure, bonding, reactivity, equilibrium, thermodynamics, and kinetics.
  • Understanding of qualitative and quantitative instrumentation (tools) used by the chemist to characterize samples of all states of matter.
  • Ability to communicate scientific findings (understandings) both orally and in the written form.
  • Ability to search the current Chemistry literature of peer reviewed journals to extract information of interest.
  • Understanding of Quantum Mechanics and its relationship to energy of bonds, molecules, and reactions.

(The BS in Chemistry cannot be combined with a BS in Biology or BS in Environmental Science.)

BS in Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry

The Biochemistry concentration prepares students for careers and advanced studies in biology, chemistry, pharmacology, and medicine.

Complete the following courses (66 cr):

Code Course Credits

BIO 1121

Biology I

(grade of C or higher required)

A comprehensive introduction to biology focused on the molecular, cellular, and organismal level. The course provides an introduction to all areas of biology.

Lecture and lab.

Prerequisite: One year of high school biology and chemistry.

Fee Lab fee $50

Fall

4

BIO 2125

Fundamentals of Microbiology

A study of the cellular structure and function of microorganisms, principally bacteria. The physiology, genetics, and interactions of bacteria with higher forms of life and the environment will be covered. The required laboratory will provide students with an understanding and practical knowledge of aseptic techniques and other common microbiology methods.

Prerequisite: BIO 1121 and BIO 1122 , or BIO 2011 and BIO 2012.

Fee Lab fee $50

Every Semester

4

CHE 1051

Chemistry I

(grade of C or higher required)

An in-depth study of the fundamental principles of chemistry. Topics include modern atomic theory and structure of atoms, solution chemistry, nature of chemical bond, stoichiometry, gas laws, thermochemistry and molecular geometry. This course is designed for biology, chemistry, geology, and environmental science majors, as well as motivated students in the health related fields. To succeed in this course, an understanding of applied algebra is mandatory.

Restrictions Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Geology majors only.

Prerequisite: MAT 1020 or MAT 1221 or MAT 1320 or equivalent placement.

Fee Fee $50

Fall

4

BIO 4035

Advanced Molecular Biology

This course provides an exploration of fundamental molecular biology, genetic, and biochemical concepts. Students will participate in lengthy research projects involving current lab techniques in these fields.

Lecture and lab.

Prerequisite: Completion of BIO 2010, BIO 2125, BIO 3070, and CHE 1042 or CHE 1052 with grades of C or higher.

Fee Lab fee $50

Fall, odd years

4

CHE 1052

Chemistry II

(grade of C or higher required)

This course is a continuation of CHE 1051 . Topics of study include intermolecular forces, properties of solutions, the chemistry of solids, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, metal chemistry, and electrochemistry. This course is designed for biology, chemistry, geology, and environmental science majors or other students that will pursue higher-level courses in chemistry.

Restrictions Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Geology majors only.

Prerequisite: CHE 1051 or CHE 1041

Fee Fee $50

Spring

4

CHE 2111

Organic Chemistry I

An introduction to the chemistry of organic compounds. Emphasis is on organic functional groups and their chemical properties, nomenclature and molecular structure. The laboratory introduces students to basic organic laboratory techniques of synthesis, purification and characterization. Lecture (3 hrs.) and lab (4 hrs). Students are strongly recommended to take Organic Problem Solving I (CHE 2113) together with this course.

Prerequisite: CHE 1042 or CHE 1052 with a grade of C or better.

Fee Lab fee $50.

Fall

4

CHE 2112

Organic Chemistry II

A continuation of CHE 2111. Continued study of organic functional groups and their chemical properties and molecular structures. Emphasis is on reaction mechanisms, aromaticity and spectroscopic methods of analysis of organic molecules. Students are strongly recommended to take Organic Problem Solving II ( CHE 2114 ) together with this course.

Lecture (3 hrs) and lab (4 hrs).

Prerequisite: CHE 2111

Fee Lab fee $50.

Spring

4

CHE 3011

Biochemistry I

This course provides an introduction to the major classes of biological molecules and their structure, function and metabolism in living systems. Students examine the structure of proteins, their function and their binding to other molecules. Enzymes and their kinetics and mechanisms are covered in detail. This course provides the linkage between the inanimate world of chemistry and the living world of biology.

Lecture

Prerequisite: CHE 2111 with a grade of "C" or better. CHE 2112 is strongly recommended.

Fall

4

CHE 3016

Enzyme Kinetics Laboratory

In this course students will learn to characterize enzyme kinetics in the laboratory setting.

Prerequisite: BIO 2010 and CHE 2111

Fee Fee $50

Spring, even years

1

CHE 3020

Analytical Chemistry

A survey of analytical chemical techniques including traditional gravimetric and titrimetric methods as well as modern spectroscopic and chromatographic methods of chemical analysis

Lecture and lab.

Prerequisite: CHE 1041 or CHE 1051 or consent of instructor.

Fee Lab fee $40.

Spring

4

CHE 3031

Physical Chemistry I

A study of the fundamental concepts and principles of thermodynamics, gas laws, and solutions. Topics include the laws of thermodynamics, prediction of the direction and extent of chemical reaction, equilibrium, phases of matter, solutions, and electrochemistry. Laboratory focuses on experiments that lead to the development of thermodynamics and important chemical properties.

Prerequisite: CHE 1042 or CHE 1052 , MAT 2532, and PHY 2210

Fee Fee $50

Fall, odd years

4

CHE 3032

Physical Chemistry II

A study of the fundamental concepts and principles of thermodynamics and kinetics. Topics include the laws of thermodynamics, prediction of the direction and extent of chemical reactions, equilibrium, chemical kinetics, catalysis, reaction rate theory and photochemistry.

Prerequisite: CHE 3031

Fee Lab fee $50

Spring

4

CHE 3150

Inorganic Chemistry

A study of the fundamental concepts and principals of Inorganic Chemistry. Topics include structure and properties of solids, physical characterization techniques, materials chemistry, and catalysis.

Prerequisite: CHE 1052 and PHY 2110

Spring, odd years

3

MAT 1531

Calculus I

Topics include limits, differentiation, applications of derivatives, and an introduction to integration. This course may utilize graphing calculators on a regular basis.

This course fulfills the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: MAT 1320 or equivalent.

Every semester

4

MAT 2532

Calculus II

Continuation of Calculus I, with topics to include techniques of integration, applications of integration, improper integrals, sequences, series, and Taylor polynomials. Students in this course may be required to utilize graphing calculators.

This course fulfills the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: MAT 1531

Every semester

4

PHY 2110

Physics I

An introduction to the concepts and theories of physics for science majors. Topics include forces, motion, and energy. A weekly laboratory section explores concepts and the role of experimentation in science. This course will present and use elementary calculus in order to solve physics problems. University level pre-calculus or calculus is recommended but not required. May not be taken for credit if credit has been received for PHY 1051.

Lecture and lab.

This course fulfills the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fee Lab fee $50.

Fall

4

PHY 2210

Physics II

A continuation of PHY 2110. Topics include electricity, magnetism, light and modern physics. May not be taken for credit if credit has been received for PHY 1052.

Lecture and lab.

Prerequisite: PHY 2110

Fee Lab fee $50.

Spring

4

SCI 1230

Pathways to Science

(should be taken during the freshman year)

Pathways to Science is a broad spectrum science course that explores a wide variety of science topics in many different areas of science. Throughout this course students will learn skills needed to succeed in science. The course is geared toward first year and sophomore level students by aiming to provide a solid base of science terminology and principles. Pathways to Science is an introduction in how to succeed in science, how to initiate a research project, and how to get through the first two years of a science program. Students will identify future goals, career objectives, and put together a plan for graduation.

Restrictions Biology, Ecological Studies, Environmental Science, and Geology majors.

Pass/No pass only.

Spring

1

SCI 2100

Science Colloquium

(mandatory during sophomore year; recommended during junior and senior years; however, only 1 credit counts toward the major)

Visiting scientists, department faculty, Castleton students, and scientists in the workforce will give presentations about current scientific research and careers in science. Students are given an opportunity to interact with the invited speakers and strengthen their personal scientific network. This science research seminar is open to any Natural Sciences major or minor (BIO, CHE, EXS, GEY, HLT, ENV) and is meant to introduce students to a wide range of current research areas and potential careers in science. This course is repeatable for credit.

Pass/No pass only.

Prerequisite: Students enrolled in a major or minor offered by the Natural Sciences Department or permission of the instructor.

Fall

1

And complete at least 9 credits from the following:

Code Course Credits

BIO 3013

Biogeochemistry

This unique but very relevant course will focus on the study of chemical, physical, geological and biological processes that make up the natural environment. Small-scale processes are addressed that are important in the cycling of elements in our global system. Students will learn and understand the specific interactions of chemicals with living organisms which directly impact the global ecosystem. Discussions will also focus on how climate change affects these processes.

Prerequisite: BIO 1121 , BIO 2010, and CHE 1042 or CHE 1052 with grades of "C" or better.

Fall, even years.

4

CHE 3012

Biochemistry II

This course provides an in-depth study of the pathways of central-carbon metabolism and energy metabolism. A number of peripheral metabolic pathways will also be covered. The focus of enzyme mechanisms and regulation of enzyme function.

Prerequisite: CHE 3011

Spring, even years

3

CHE 4020

Advanced Organic Chemistry

This course enables students to develop a knowledge base of synthetic organic chemistry reactions. Subjects explored in detail include: the application of molecular orbital theory to pericyclic and photochemical reactions; special reactive intermediates including carbenes, carbanions, and free radicals, reaction dynamics, isotope effects, stereocontrolled reactions and organometallic chemistry.

Prerequisite: CHE 2112

Fall, odd years

3

CHE 4920

Research in Chemistry

(no more than 3 credits may count toward the major)

The student must initiate an application with a written proposal to the instructor with whom the student wishes to work. The number of credits to be earned must be stated. The original proposal, signed by the student and the instructor, must be submitted to the department chair for approval. This process must be completed prior to registration for the semester in which credit is to be earned. Signed contract required at the time of registration.

Prerequisite: At least 16 prior credits in CHE, BIO, PHY, or GEY.

Every semester

2-6

(Total credits required: 75 cr)

And complete the University's Gen Ed requirements

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