Chemistry and Biochemistry Courses 4-Year Plan
Salem offers a B.S. in biochemistry. By majoring in biochemistry you will learn the basic chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics that will help you understand and solve problems in the areas of health, environment, forensics, and food safety at the molecular level.
Your faculty in biochemistry hold doctorates and are well trained in the fields of biochemistry, chemistry and/or biology. Salem's small class size means that you will receive individual attention and hands-on experience from our faculty.
The field of biochemistry prepares you for a wide array of careers. Biochemists are employed in government, industry, education, medicine, and by private institutions. The program of study also prepares you for professional school in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, chiropractic, optometry, and veterinary fields.
Chemistry Major (B.A.)
The bachelor of arts degree in chemistry provides the student with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry. The degree is designed to provide the student with flexibility to combine her interests in chemistry with interests in other areas. The major requires the completion of eight courses.
Chemistry Major (B.S.)
The bachelor of science degree in chemistry prepares a student for a career in chemistry or a related field.
The minor in chemistry requires completion of five courses.
Students seeking teacher licensure in chemistry (grades 9-12) are required to complete a major in chemistry including CHEM 305, BIOL 010 or 100, PHYS 210, 220 and MATH 100. Professional education requirements are listed under the education department.
Biochemistry Courses (BCHM)Each course lists the number of lectures and laboratories per week.
305. Biochemistry I One course
Modern biochemistry with emphasis on the structure, chemical properties and metabolism of biologically important molecules. Three lectures. Prerequisite: CHEM 202 and BIOL 100, or permission of the instructor. Fall.
306. Biochemistry II One course
This course is the continuation of CHEM 305 with the goal of using physics, chemistry and biology to gain a better understanding of the life sciences at molecular levels. Topics to be covered are bioenergetics and intermediary metabolism, DNA, RNA, protein synthesis. Three lectures. Prerequisites: CHEM 305. Spring.
307. Biochemistry Lab One-half course
This course covers the most common experimental techniques used in biochemistry. It includes protein extraction, purification, enzyme kinetics and DNA analysis. The tools and techniques introduced in the lab include centrifugation, various liquid chromatography, and electrophoresis, and UV spectroscopy. Prerequisite: BCHM305.
390. Senior Seminar One-half course
Discussion of special topics in biochemistry with special emphasis on current research culminating in a research paper and oral presentation. Cross-listed with CHEM 390.