Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Comprehensive Major

Liberal Arts (Code 090-001)

University Requirements

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR BACCALAUREATE DEGREE
Credit Requirements
Minimum total for graduation 1120
Upper division credits (courses numbered 300 and higher)39
Liberal Education Core36
Academic Concentrations
Grade Point Requirements 2
Total2.00 average
Resident2.00 average
Major2.00 average
Minor2.00 average
Certificate2.00 average
University Residency Requirements 3
Minimum total30
Senior year23
Major, Standard, upper division in residence12
Major, Comprehensive, upper division in residence21
Certificate25 percent of credits
Procedures Required for Graduation
Obtain admission to the degree program and/or the College offering it.
Apply for graduation on CampS.
1

Certain programs exceed this minimum.

2

See special requirements in each College.

3

See special requirements for the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Liberal Education Core

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire measures learning outcomes to ensure that its graduates have achieved a liberal education and prepared themselves to contribute to a complex society. Upon graduation, each undergraduate will have met the four learning goals of our liberal education core and the 11 learning outcomes they comprise. 

LIBERAL EDUCATION CORE REQUIREMENTSa minimum of 36 credits
Knowledge Goal
Knowledge Outcome 1 (K1): Natural SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 2 (K2): Social SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 3 (K3): HumanitiesTwo (2) learning experiences
Knowledge Outcome 4 (K4): Fine ArtsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Goal
Skills Outcome 1 (S1): Written and Oral CommunicationTwo (2) learning experiences
Skills Outcome 2 (S2): MathematicsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Outcome 3 (S3): CreativityOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experiences
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

College Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree (B.A./B.S.)

University Graduation Requirements. All candidates for degrees must fulfill the requirements for credits, curriculum, GPA, and University residency as specified in the section of this catalog titled University Graduation Requirements.

College Graduation Requirements: Grade Point Averages. All candidates for degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences must earn minimum resident and total GPAs of 2.00 in the major, the minor, and the certificate. The resident and total GPAs for the major are computed using all attempted credits applicable to the major including those offered by departments other than the major department. The resident and total GPAs for the minor and the certificate are computed similarly.

Major-Minor and Major-Certificate Requirements. A standard major (a minimum of 36 credits) must be supplemented by a minor (a minimum of 24 credits) or by a certificate (12 to 18 credits) to meet graduation requirements for completing a first and second degree program. No minor or certificate is required with a Comprehensive Major (60 or more credits) or with two majors of 36 or more credits each.

Certain degree programs which include Comprehensive Majors may require more than the minimum of 120 credits for graduation.

Acceptable academic program combinations are determined at the college level. A major and a minor or a major and certificate or two majors (if available) may not be elected in the same department or program, except in the approved combinations listed here.

College Credits. Earn at least 90 credits in courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences (B.A.)

Fulfillment of all University Graduation Requirements (which includes the Liberal Education Core); all College-level degree requirements (major and minor/certificate emphases, GPAs, earning at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences course work); foreign language competency at the 102 level.  Foreign language competency may be met in one of two ways:  (1) Achieve a score on the foreign language placement test that qualifies the student to enter the 201-level course in a foreign language.  (2) Earn a grade of at least C (not C-) or a mark of S in a 102-level foreign language course (or AIS 112 or AIS 122 / LANG 122 or CSD 103).

Bachelor of Science Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences (B.S.)

Fulfillment of all University Graduation Requirements (which includes the Liberal Education Core); all College-level degree requirements (major and minor/certificate emphases, GPAs, earning at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences course work); mathematics competency at the MATH 111, MATH 112 or MATH 113 level.  Mathematics competency can be met in one of three ways:  (1) Achieve a score on the mathematics placement test that qualifies the student to enter MATH 114.  (2) Earn a grade of at least C (not C-) or a mark of S in MATH 111, MATH 112, or MATH 113.  (3) Achieve a satisfactory score on the MATH 112 competency test.  This test may be attempted no more than two times.

Major Requirements

Advisors: J. Anderson (Biology), W. Gallagher (Chemistry), D. Gingerich (Biology), S. Hati (Chemistry), S. Bailey-Hartsel (Chemistry), J. Lyman Gingerich (Biology), S. Showsh (Biology), T. Yang (Chemistry).

This major leads to entry-level employment opportunities in research and development in industrial and government laboratories as well as to entry-level positions in the biotechnology industry. Graduates will also be well prepared to enter graduate studies in molecular biology, genetics, and related fields, as well as for admission to professional schools in medicine, osteopathy, pharmacy and dentistry. BMB majors are eligible to apply for Biology or Chemistry Department Honors (see Biology and Chemistry Department entries for criteria.)

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology 

A minimum of 69 semester credits, including:
I. Biology Course Requirements
(minimum of 26 credits)
BIOL 221Foundations of Biology I4
BIOL 222Foundations of Biology II3
BIOL 223Foundations of Biological Inquiry2
BIOL 305Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIOL 323Genetics3
BIOL 324Genetics Inquiry2
BIOL 405Advanced Cell and Molecular Lab4
BIOL 409Molecular Genetics4
II. Chemistry Course Requirements
(minimum of 30 credits)
CHEM 115Chemical Principles6
CHEM 213Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 325Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory4
CHEM 326Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory4
CHEM 406Biophysical Chemistry4
CHEM 452Biochemistry I3
CHEM 454Biochemistry II3
CHEM 453Biochemistry Laboratory2
III. Other Course Requirements
(minimum of 13 credits)
MATH 114Calculus I4
PHYS 211General Physics5
PHYS 212General Physics4

Note 1: CHEM 103 and CHEM 104 may be substituted for CHEM 115, but only six of the eight credits count toward the major.

Note 2: CHEM 433 (CHEM 434 optional) may be substituted for CHEM 406. (MATH 215 and PHYS 231, PHYS 232 required if CHEM 433 (CHEM 434) is taken.) This substitution is strongly recommended for students considering doctoral study in biophysics or physical biochemistry.

Note 3: Students are also encouraged to seek out a collaborative research experience or do independent study (BIOL 399BIOL 499CHEM 399, CHEM 497, or CHEM 499) in addition to their formal course work.