Biochemistry (B.S.)

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Chemistry and Physics
(239) 590-1878

2016-2017 Catalog Year

Program Admission Requirements

  • Submit an FGCU Undergraduate Admission Application and satisfy all applicable university admission requirements.
  • Complete common prerequisites with a grade of C or better.
  • Attend an orientation session.
  • Sign an Advising Agreement document.

Program Requirements

To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  1. FGCU General Education Program (

  2. Common Prerequisites
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course. 

    FGCU Course: BSC 1010C General Biology I w/lab (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: (BSCX010 and BSCX010L) or BSCX010C or (BSCX040 and BSCX040L) or BSCX040C

    FGCU Course: BSC 1011 General Biology II (3) and BSC 1011L General Biology II Laboratory (1)
    Acceptable Substitute: (BSCX011 and BSCX011L) or BSCX011C or (BSCX041 and BSCX041L)

    FGCU Course: CHM 1045 General Chemistry I (3) and CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Lab (1)
    Acceptable Substitute: (CHMX045 and CHMX045L) or CHMX045C or (CHMX040 and CHMX041)

    FGCU Course: CHM 1046 General Chemistry II (3) and CHM 1046L General Chemistry II Lab (1)
    Acceptable Substitute: (CHMX046 and CHMX046L) or CHMX046C

    FGCU Course: CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I (3) and CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
    Acceptable Substitute: (CHMX210 and CHMX210L) or (PHYX048 and PHYX048L) or (PHYX053 and PHYX053L)

    FGCU Course: CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II (3) and CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
    Acceptable Substitute: (CHMX211 and CHMX211L) or (PHYX049 and PHYX049L) or (PHYX054 and PHYX054L)

    FGCU Course: MAC 2311 Calculus I (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: MACX311 or MACX233 or MACX253 or MACX281

    FGCU Course: MAC 2312 Calculus II (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: MACX312

  3. Required Courses in the Major (41 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    BCH 4033C Advanced Biochemistry I (4)
    BCH 4034C Advanced Biochemistry II (4)
    CHM 3005C Phys Chem for Life Sciences (4)
    CHM 3120C Analytical Chemistry (4)
    CHM 4139C Instrumental Analysis (4)
    CHM 3610 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
    CHM 3610L Inorganic Chemistry Lab (1)
    CHM 4931 Senior Capstone in Chemistry (3)
    CHM 4932 Chemistry Senior Seminar (3)
    ISC 3120C Scientific Process (3)
    PHY 2048C General Physics  w/lab I (4) or PHY 2053C College Physics I w/lab (4)
    PHY 2049C General Physics w/lab II (4) or PHY 2054C College Physics II w/lab (4)

    *If PHY 2048C and PHY 2049C or PHY 2053C and PHY 2054C were completed as common prerequisites, CHM 2210C and CHM 2211C must be taken to fulfill the required courses in the major; conversely, if CHM 2210C and CHM 2211C were taken to fulfill common prerequisites, PHY 2048C and PHY 2049C or PHY 2053C and PHY 2054C must be completed.

  4. Restricted Electives in the Major (16 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    Chemistry electives (10 credits)
    BCH 3025C Analytical Biochemistry (3)
    CHM 3940 Internship in Chemistry (1-4)*
    CHM 4080C Adv Environmental Chemistry (3)
    CHM 4220 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
    CHM 4230C Practical NMR Spectroscopy (3)
    CHM 4300 Bio-Organic Chemistry (3)
    CHM 4431 Statistical Thermodynamics (3)
    CHM 4671 Bioinorganic Chemistry (3)
    CHM 4714 Materials Chemistry (3)
    CHM 4905 Dir Ind Study/Res in Chem (2-4)*
    CHM 4910C Senior Project in Chemistry (2)*
    CHM 4912C Senior Thesis/Pres. Chemistry (2)*
    CHM 4930 Special Topics in Chemistry (3)
    CHS 4533C Forensic Biochemistry (3)
    CHS 4544C Forensic Chemistry (3)

    *A maximum number of 4 credits combined from these courses can be used to fulfill the elective requirement.

    Biology electives (6 credits)
    BSC 4422C Methods in Biotechnology (3)
    MCB 3020C General Microbiology (4)
    PCB 3023C Cell Biology (4)
    PCB 3063C Genetics (4)
    PCB 4233C Immunology (3)
    PCB 4522C Molecular Genetics (3)

  5. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Additional electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree


Additional Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum of 120 credits.
  • A minimum of 48 of the 120 credits must be at the upper division (3000 - 4999) level.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfaction of the College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfaction of the Service Learning requirement (See
  • Satisfaction of the residency requirement: thirty of the last sixty credits must be completed at FGCU.
  • Completion of the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Submit an Application for Graduation by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.


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Printed on: 4/29/2017.