Biochemistry  (Minor)

Add a minor in biochemistry to your major and expand your ability to think creatively about problems in fields as diverse as medicine and renewable energy. Anything is possible when you start to see life from a molecular perspective.

Program Description

The biochemistry minor program is designed to give students majoring in other disciplines a solid grounding in the basics of biochemistry to complement their major degree program. It is especially appropriate for students whose majors are in the various disciplines of life sciences, physics, engineering and geology and for students planning careers in the fields of medicine and health.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Program Requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

Incompatible Majors: BS in applied biological sciences (all concentrations); BS in biochemistry (medicinal chemistry); BS in chemistry (environmental chemistry); BS in forensic science; BS in health sciences (preprofessional); BS in biochemistry; BA in biochemistry; BS in chemistry; BA in chemistry; BS in biological sciences (genetics, cell and developmental biology); BS in biological sciences (neurobiology, physiology and behavior); BS in medical studies

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Enrollment Requirements

A minor in biochemistry is awarded to students who complete 28 credit hours in the following required courses:

BCH 341 Physical Chemistry with a Biological Focus (3)*
BCH 461 General Biochemistry (3)
BCH 462 General Biochemistry (3)
BCH 467 Analytical Biochemistry Laboratory, L (3)
CHM 113 General Chemistry I, SQ (4)
CHM 116 General Chemistry II, SQ (4)
CHM 233 General Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHM 234 General Organic Chemistry II (3)
CHM 237 General Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
CHM 238 General Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1)

*Prerequisites for BCH 341 include CHM 114, 116 or 118 with "C" or better; CHM 231, 233 or 333 with "C" or better; MAT 251, 265 or 270 with "C" or better; and PHY 101, 112 or 131 with "C" or better.

A minimum grade of "C" (2.00 on a scale of 4.00) is required for each of the courses.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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