May 30, 2024  
2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Catalog [FINAL EDITION]

Biochemistry, BS

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The biochemistry major is designed to provide a solid foundation in the sciences. In addition, it allows students the flexibility to focus their attentions on the chemical or biological aspects of the discipline. The curriculum emphasizes the molecular, analytical, and quantitative aspects of living systems and incorporates a research component that trains students to formulate questions, analyze data, and derive answers. The biochemistry curriculum prepares students for careers in academia, government, industry, or graduate education in the life sciences. The biochemistry major is open to those incoming freshmen who meet the following criteria: minimum math and verbal SAT score of 1170 (with math score greater than 620) and GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Transfer students or students enrolled at Widener in another major should consult the biochemistry chair about pursuing the biochemistry major.

Curriculum Sequence


Fall (15.5 Credits)



Fall (14-15 Credits)


Fall (16-17 Credits)

Spring (15-16 Credits)

Total Credits: 124-129

*Three must be upper-division electives from the following with at least one from biology and one from chemistry: CHEM 365 Analytical Chemistry /CHEM 367 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory , CHEM 366 Instrumental Analysis /CHEM 368 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory , CHEM 375 Inorganic Chemistry , and CHEM 461 Advanced Synthesis and Spectroscopy /CHEM 463 Advanced Synthesis and Spectroscopy Laboratory ; BIOL 306 Developmental Biology , BIOL 314 Developmental Neurobiology , BIOL 316 Molecular Embryology , BIOL 319 Principles of Microbiology , BIOL 320 Immunology , and BIOL 326 Medical Genetics .

**MATH 131 /MATH 132 /MATH 133  may be used to substitute for MATH 141 /MATH 142 .

The program of study that appears here applies to students who were admitted for the summer session of this catalog year and later.  Students admitted prior to that term should select the appropriate catalog year of their admission.  Choose previous catalogs from the Home, Graduate, or Undergraduate Catalog Page at

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