2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Biochemistry

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Program Requirements

Biochemistry, BA Program Checksheet

Includes:

  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose Biochemistry? - Program Spotlight

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Biochemistry at Ferris provides a core of chemistry courses that includes organic, inorganic, physical chemistry, and biochemistry. These courses take the student through the atomic and molecular nature of matter and ultimately focus on the behaviors of matter in living systems. The chemistry is supported by solid coursework in mathematics, physics and biology. It stresses breadth with fewer required chemistry courses than a Bachelor of Science degree but good scientists also need to be exposed to the arts, the social sciences, and humanities. Biochemistry students should have a particular interest in and aptitude for science, especially as it pertains to living systems, and a desire to explore the connections with other fields of knowledge. Advanced students may participate in independent study and undergraduate research projects.

Career Opportunities

In these days of rapid advances in the biosciences-from genetically engineered agricultural products to artificial photosynthesis to DNA fingerprinting-there are few careers that have no connection to chemistry and biochemistry. A BA in Biochemistry can prepare a student for a number of professional schools including medical, dental, veterinarian, even law school. Biochemists are often employed as research assistants in industry, government, education and health service. It can also be a very useful degree for individuals who are considering careers in interdisciplinary fields, for example, marketing new technologies, technical writing/communication, forensic analysis and so on. A major in biochemistry provides an education in a dynamic field with applications to suit a wide variety of personal career goals.

More Information 

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Department of Physical Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 3021
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-2580

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Biochemistry Required Courses

General Biology 1
4
General Biology 2
4
Principles of Genetics
3
General Chemistry 1
5
General Chemistry 2
5
Organic Chemistry 1
5
Organic Chemistry 2
5
Biochemistry Lab 1
2
Biochemistry Lab 2
2
Biochemistry
4
Intro to Physical Chemistry
4
Advanced Biochemistry
3
Analytical Geometry-Calculus 1
4

Physics Options

You must take one sequence presented.
Introductory Physics 1
4
Introductory Physics 2
4
OR
General Physics 1
5
General Physics 2
5

Academic Minor

An academic minor of 18-24 credits is required. Any approved minor is allowed (except for teacher education minors). Students should consult their major advisor if uncertain as to an appropriate minor to select.

BA Core

3-15

The BA core consists of one COMM course and proficiency in a foreign language through the 201 level.

Electives
To reach the minimum 120 credits required for the degree.