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Traditional Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Traditional Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 Archived Catalog

Biochemistry, B.S.

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Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Fundamental Concepts. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts, terminology, and theories in the major sub-disciplines of the field of chemistry: organic, inorganic, analytical, physical chemistry, and biochemistry.         
  2. Specialized Knowledge. Students develop and consolidate knowledge in a specialization or major field of study.         
  3. Problem-Solving and Laboratory Skills. Students will exhibit the tools necessary for problem-solving in both the classroom and lab and will demonstrate the ability to conduct inquiry-based experiments. Students will be able to clearly define problems, propose testable hypotheses, design and carry out experiments, analyze data using statistical methods and appropriate computer programs, draw defensible conclusions, and describe sources of error.  
  4. Chemical Literature Competence. Students will possess skills necessary to locate scientific articles using online, interactive database-searching tools. Once retrieved, students will be able to analyze and critically evaluate technical articles.     
  5. Communication Skills. Students will be able to effectively communicate technical information both in written and oral forms. Students should be able to critically assimilate knowledge from different locations and prepare clear and organized oral presentations and write concise reports in scientifically-appropriate styles.       
  6. Collaborative Experience. Students will exhibit the skills necessary to work in teams, working collaboratively to solve problems. Students will have opportunities to serve as peer leaders and interact with diverse team members in a professional manner. 
  7. Lab Safety Skills. Students will understand safe lab practices and how to apply them. Students should recognize potential hazards and disposal techniques as well as know how to handle lab emergencies.       
  8. Ethics and Christian Perspective. Students will know how to conduct themselves responsibly and professionally and appreciate the role of chemistry in contemporary issues. Students will examine the importance of integrating Christian faith into their discipline.
  9. Professional Contributions. This major is intended for students preparing for graduate, professional, or medical schools. Analytical and creative thinking is critical; therefore, students will demonstrate skills in researching and developing protocols specific to biochemistry.

Students interested in teaching chemistry should consider pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) through the Graduate School Pathways. Successful completion of the M.A.T. prepares students for teaching licensure in the state of Arkansas. A minor in Education can help prepare students for alternative secondary teaching certification.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with major in Biochemistry

University Core Curriculum - 39 hours

Program requirements satisfy 9 of the 48 hours in the Core Curriculum.

  • The Mathematics elective area is satisfied by MTH 1134 .
  • The six hours of the Natural Science elective area, including the lab requirement, are satisfied by two of the following: BIO 1124 , CHM 1124 PHY 2114 .


Complete a standardized achievement test designated by the department

Electives as necessary to complete minimum total hours

Minimum total semester hours - 120

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