Chemistry and Biochemistry
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
Biochemistry is the study of chemical reactions and processes at the molecular level that sustain life. This field is both a life science and a chemical science, exploring the chemistry of living organisms and the molecular basis for the processes that occur in living cells. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides classroom and laboratory learning opportunities and research experiences across the discipline to meet the needs of students in pre-professional programs, as well as those of student who wish to pursue careers or graduate studies in biochemistry and related disciplines. Students who complete the B.A. in biochemistry do so because it is a field that complements areas such as law, library science, journalism, public relations, sale, or education. The major also provides a strong foundation for students planning on attending professional schools, such as medical, dental or pharmacy school, while providing curricular flexibility to complete professional school prerequisites requirements. B.A. students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research.
This program is available:
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current students who change from a B.S. degree or change colleges may request to be waived from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
1. Students must complete a second field of study, either a minor or another major.
Advanced Writing (3 cr)
WRIT 31xx Adv Writting (3 cr)
Chemistry (30 cr)
CHEM 1153 - General Chemistry I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1154 - General Chemistry Lab I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
or CHEM 1161 - Honors: General Chemistry I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
or CHEM 1162 - Honors: General Chemistry II (5.0 cr)
CHEM 4352 - Biochemistry II (3.0 cr)
Students may also take CHEM 2242 Analytical Chemistry in Poland
CHEM 2212 - Environmental Chemistry [NAT SCI, SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
Mathematics (8 - 10 cr)
MATH 1290 - Calculus for the Natural Sciences [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
or MATH 1296 - Calculus I [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
or MATH 1596 - Honors: Calculus I [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
Physics (10 cr)
PHYS 1001 - Introduction to Physics I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
or PHYS 2013 - General Physics I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2014 - General Physics Lab I [NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
PHYS 1002 - Introduction to Physics II (5.0 cr)