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    The Biochemistry Program

    The Saint Vincent College Chemistry Department seeks to provide students with a solid foundation in chemistry set in the broad context of the liberal arts. We provide our graduates with knowledge of chemical principles, laboratory skills, communication skills and research experiences so that they can pursue a variety of career possibilities in chemistry, biochemistry and environmental chemistry.

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    • Students in our department get hands-on instruction with instrumentation and equipment that is widely used in the chemical industry, government labs, and graduate schools. In addition, the department has recently acquired an inert atmosphere glovebox, a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and an ion chromatograph.
    • 100% of our seniors who have applied to graduate school have been accepted. 56% of our seniors who apply to a health profession school are accepted (national avg is about 44%). 48% of our students who are looking for jobs are employed as of the time they graduate.
    • Many of our students participate in summer internships either in industry (PPG, Johnson-Matthey, R.J. Lee Group) or at larger research universities (Univ. of Pittsburgh, Univ. of Montana)
    • The Saint Vincent College chemistry club is a Student Affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society and has received awards of commendation from ACS for its service to the community, educational outreach and social events for the past 11 years.
    • Applicants to the program have the opportunity to apply for a four year, $5000 annual STEP Scholarship. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program or STEP, is a national initiative that encourages global competitiveness in the sciences. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Collaborative Learning Program, a peer-led learning program.


    • Students graduating with a degree in biochemistry will have an understanding of chemical principles in organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry that allows them to apply those principles to advanced topics. Students in biochemistry and environmental chemistry will be able to apply principles specific to their disciplines to advanced topics.
    • Students will be able to perform a variety of modern chemical laboratory techniques and run modern instrumentation. Students in biochemistry will be able to perform laboratory techniques specific to their discipline.
    • Students will be able to communicate in both oral and written forms that are appropriate to the modern practice of chemistry. Students should be able to apply the Six Principles of Good Writing to their chemistry writing.
    • Students in their junior and senior years in chemistry will be able to design, develop, conduct and report on an independent research project.
    • Students will develop higher order thinking skills of synthesis, analysis and applications.

    Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry (B.S.)

    Biochemistry Major Requirements (75 credits):

    BL 150,152 General Biology I and II - 6 credits
    BL 151,153 General Biology I and II Laboratory - 2 credits
    BL 208 Cell Biology - 3 credits
    BL 209 Cell Biology Laboratory - 1 credit
    BL 214 Molecular Genetics - 3 credits
    BL 215 Molecular Genetics Laboratory - 1 credit
    CH 101-102 General Chemistry I, II* - 6 credits
    CH 103-104 General Chemistry Laboratory I, II* - 2 credits
    CH 221-222 Organic Chemistry I, II - 6 credits
    CH 223-224 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, II - 2 credits
    CH 231-232 Physical Chemistry I, II - 6 credits
    CH 233 Physical Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit
    CH 242 Instrumental Analysis - 2 credits
    CH 251 Proteins and Metabolism - 3 credits
    CH 253 Proteins and Metabolism Laboratory - 1 credit
    CH 252 Nucleic Acids and Membranes - 3 credits
    CH 254 Nucleic Acids and Membranes Laboratory - 1 credit
    CH 282 Advanced Physical Methods -  2 credits
    CH 301 Research Laboratory -  2 credits
    CH 300, 302 Research Seminar I, II -  2 credits
    MA 111-113 Calculus I, II, III* - 12 credits
    PH 111-112 General Physics I, II - 6 credits
    PH 113-114 General Physics Laboratory I, II - 2 credits

    *General Chemistry I & II with Laboratory fulfill the Natural Science core requirement. Calculus I fulfills the Mathematics core requirement.

    Electives (1 credit) 

    Requirements for Minor in Biochemistry (28 credits):
    CH 101-102 General Chemistry I, II - 6 credits
    CH 103-104 General Chemistry Laboratory I, II - 2 credits
    CH 216 Quantitative Analysis - 3 credits
    CH 218 Quantitative Analysis Laboratory - 1 credit
    CH 221-224 Organic Chemistry I, II, with Laboratory - 8 credits
    CH 251, 253 Proteins and Metabolism with Laboratory - 4 credits
    CH 252, 254 Nucleic Acids and Membranes with Laboratory - 4 credits


    CH 101 General Chemistry I - 3 credits
    CH 103 General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit
    MA 111 Calculus I - 4 credits
    BL 150 General Biology I - 3 credits
    BL 151 General Biology I Laboratory - 1 credit
    EL 102 Language & Rhetoric - 3 credits
    Total Fall 15 credits

    CH 102 General Chemistry II - 3 credits
    CH 104 General Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 credit
    MA 112 Calculus II - 4 credits
    BL 152 General Biology II - 3 credits
    BL 153 General Biology II Laboratory - 1 credit
    TH 119 First Theology - 3 credits
    Social Sciences - 3 credits
    Total Spring 18 credits

    Total Freshman Year 33 credits 

    All students will take one three (3) credit course designated as a Freshman Seminar which will satisfy a Core Curriculum requirement.