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School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Biochemistry (B.S.)

The Biochemistry program at UT Dallas, administered through the Department of Chemistry, draws on faculty from the Departments of Chemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology, and researchers from U.T. Southwestern Medical School to provide courses and research opportunities to its majors. The Biochemistry major bridges the gap between modern Chemistry and Biology. The curriculum, designed to prepare students for either graduate work in the Biological Sciences, the Chemical Sciences, or for entry-level positions in the biotechnology industry, builds on a base of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics to provide the student the opportunity to develop essential theoretical and practical skills.



Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, Professor of Chemistry: Ray H. Baughman
Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Chair in Systems Biology; Professor of Chemistry: A. Dean Sherry
Cecil and Ida Green Chair in Systems Biology; Professor of Chemistry: John P. Ferraris
Professors: Kenneth J. Balkus, Jr., Rockford K. Draper (Biology), Bruce E. Gnade (Electrical Engineering), Inga H. Musselman
Associate Professors: Michael C. Biewer, Gregg R. Dieckmann, Warren J. Goux, Inga H. Musselman, Paul Pantano, John W. Sibert IV
Assistant Professors: Jung-Mo Ahn, Mihaela C. Stefan, Steven O. Nielsen
Affiliated Professors: Lee A. Bulla (Biology), Anvar A. Zakhidov (Physics)
Research Professors: Gary E. Kiefer, Duck Joo Yang
Emeritus Professor: Richard A. Caldwell
Senior Lecturers: Sergio Cortes, Sandhya R. Gavva

Molecular and Cell Biology:

Professors: Lee A. Bulla, Santosh D'Mello, Rockford K. Draper, Juan E. González, Steven R. Goodman, Donald M. Gray, Steven D. Levene, Betty S. Pace, Lawrence J. Reitzer, Li Zhang
Associate Professors: Gail A.M. Breen, John G. Burr, Jeff L. Delong, Ernest M. Hannig, Dennis L. Miller, Stephen Spiro
Assistant Professor: Tianbing Xia
Senior Lecturers: Vincent P. Cirillo, Robert C. Marsh, John Moltz, Scott A. Rippel, Ilya Sapozhnikov, Wen-Ho Yu

U.T. Southwestern Medical School:

UTD Biochemistry majors may perform their research in the laboratories of faculty members from the departments of Biochemistry, Internal Medicine, Pharmacology and Physiology at U.T. Southwestern, as available.

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
Degree Requirements (B.S. 129 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours

A. Communication (6 hours)

3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)

1 hour Oral Communication (RHET 1101)

3 hours Communication Elective (Satisfied by BIOL/CHEM 4390 or equivalent)2

B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)

6 hours Government (GOVT 2301 and 2302)

6 hours American History

3 hours Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective

C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)

3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)

3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)

D. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)3

6 hours Calculus (MATH 2413 and MATH 2414 or MATH 2417 and 2419)2, 3

E. Science (9 hours)

Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 1311/1111, 1312/1112, and 2401)3

II. Major Requirements:

Major Preparatory Courses (29 hours beyond core curriculum)

BIOL 2111 Introduction to Modern Biology Workshop I

BIOL 2311 Introduction to Modern Biology I

CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Laboratory I2, 3

or CHEM 1115 Honors Freshman Chemistry Laboratory I2, 3

CHEM 1112 General Chemistry Laboratory II2, 3

or CHEM 1116 Honors Freshman Chemistry Laboratory II2, 3

CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I2, 3

or CHEM 1315 Honors Freshman Chemistry I2, 3

CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II2, 3

or CHEM 1316 Honors Freshman Chemistry II2, 3

CHEM 2123 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory I *

CHEM 2125 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory II *

CHEM 2323 Introductory Organic Chemistry I *

CHEM 2325 Introductory Organic Chemistry II *

CHEM 2401 Introductory Quantitative Methods in Chemistry2, 3

MATH Sequence - Choose one of the following:

I. MATH 2413 Differential Calculus3

and MATH 2414 Integral Calculus3

and MATH 2415 Calculus of Several Variables

II. MATH 2417 Calculus I3

and MATH 2419 Calculus II3

and MATH 2451 Multivariable Calculus with Applications

MATH 2417 Calculus I3

MATH 2419 Calculus II3

MATH 2451 Multivariable Calculus with Applications

PHYS 2125 Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 2126 Physics Laboratory II

PHYS 2325 Mechanics

or PHYS 3341 Physics for Bio Science I

or PHYS 2421 Honors Physics I - Mechanics and Heat

PHYS 2326 Electromagnetism and Waves

or PHYS 3342 Physics for Bio Science II

or PHYS 2422 Honors Physics II - Electromagnetism and Waves

Major Core Courses (40 hours beyond core curriculum)

BIOL 3101 Classical and Molecular Genetics Workshop

BIOL 3102 Eukaryotic Molecular and Cell Biology Workshop

BIOL 3161 Biochemistry Workshop I

BIOL 3162 Biochemistry Workshop II

BIOL 3301 Classical and Molecular Genetics

BIOL 3302 Eukaryotic Molecular and Cell Biology

BIOL 3380 Biochemistry Laboratory

BIOL/CHEM 3361 Biochemistry I

BIOL/CHEM 3362 Biochemistry II

BIOL 3V93 (3 hours) Undergraduate Research in Biochemistry4

or CHEM 3V92 (3 hours) Undergraduate Research in Biochemistry4

or CHEM 4V91 (3 hours) Research in Chemistry4

CHEM 3321 Physical Chemistry I

CHEM 3322 Physical Chemistry II

CHEM 3472 Instrumental Analysis

CHEM 4390 Research and Advanced Writing in Chemistry2, 4

or BIOL 4391 Senior Research in Molecular and Cell Biology (Advanced Writing)2, 4

or BIOL 4399 Senior Honors Research in Molecular and Cell Biology (Thesis/Advanced Writing)2, 4

or CHEM 4399 Research and Advanced Writing in Chemistry for Honors Students2, 4

Any two upper-division Chemistry or Biology electives (6 hours) not taken to fulfill above.

1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
2 A required Major course that also fulfills Core Curriculum requirements. If hours are counted in the Core Curriculum, students must complete additional coursework to meet the minimum requirement for graduation. Course selection assistance is available from the undergraduate advisor.
3 Hours above the Core Curriculum requirement are counted as part of the Major Preparatory Courses.
4 Undergraduate Research in Biochemistry (BIOL 3V93/CHEM 3V92), Research in Chemistry (CHEM 4V91), Research and Advanced Writing in Advanced Chemistry (CHEM 4390), Senior Research in Molecular and Cell Biology (Advanced Writing) (BIOL 4391), Senior Honors Research in Molecular and Cell Biology (Thesis/Advanced Writing) (BIOL 4399), and Research and Advanced Writing in Chemistry for Honors Students (CHEM 4399) are better defined as a project than a course and constitutes an important part of the B. S. degree. The student conducts original research under the supervision of a faculty member, then must submit a research report which is defended orally in an undergraduate research symposium during the spring semester of their senior year. Normally this project will span two or more semesters. A complete set of guidelines is available from the undergraduate advisor.
* Indicates a prerequisite class to be completed before enrolling for upper-division classes.

III. Elective Requirements: 18 hours

Advanced Electives (6 hours)

These courses must be outside the major and be upper-division and/or have prerequisites.

Free Electives (12 hours)

The plan must include sufficient upper-division credit to total 51 upper-division credit hours.

STAT 3332 Statistics for Life Sciences is strongly recommended.