Biochemistry

The Wabash College Chemistry Department believes in a challenging curriculum, which thoroughly investigates all areas of modern chemistry and in a significant hands-on laboratory experience in which students become progressively more independent as they proceed through the curriculum. We believe that such an education will prepare chemistry majors for a variety of career outcomes, including those in research, medicine, teaching, and industry. In recent years, three-fourths of our majors have gone to graduate school in chemistry/ biochemistry or to medical school following graduation. Others have chosen to take jobs as chemists or high school teachers or to attend other professional schools (business, law, and physical therapy). We strive to provide chemistry minors and pre-medical students with the knowledge base they need to succeed in their chosen fields. We seek to involve all Wabash students in the study of chemistry through non-majors courses‚ CHE-101 Survey of ChemistryCHE-102 Topics in Chemistry, and CHE-106 Survey of Biochemistry. We attempt to teach all chemistry students about the relationship between chemistry and the world around them.

Goals

The core goals of the Biochemistry Major are:

  • Students will acquire a broad-based knowledge of chemistry, biology, and biochemistry, and understand how these areas are interconnected.
  • Students will be able to connect theory with experimental work, including being able to design, execute, and analyze experiments, and to present their results effectively.  Students will develop confidence and precision in their laboratory technique.
  • Students will have the ability to identify, comprehend, evaluate, and discuss primary chemical literature.
  • Students will be able to effectively communicate chemical concepts to chemists, scientists, and the general public.
  • Students will develop as scientists through research experiences.
  • Students will engage the chemical and biochemical communities at Wabash and beyond.

Faculty Advisors

Majors are strongly urged to select an advisor from the Chemistry Department when they declare their major.

ACS Certified Degree

To meet the certification requirements formulated by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training (CPT) as a chemist and for adequate preparation for graduate school, additional classroom and laboratory work beyond the minimum nine-course major is required. The student should consult with the Chair of the Chemistry Department concerning ways in which the remaining requirements may be fulfilled.

Advanced Placement

Please refer to the Credit by Examination and Advanced Placement Credit guidelines under Academic Policies - Transfer Credit. Potential chemistry majors and minors who wish to claim advanced placement credit should discuss placement options with the Department Chair. A placement examination will determine if students are eligible to being coursework beyond CHE-111 General Chemistry. If the Chair and the student decide that it is in the student’s best interest to take CHE-111 General Chemistry, the advanced placement chemistry credit must be forfeited.

Requirements for the Biochemistry Major

Core Courses
CHE-111General Chemistry1
CHE-211Chemical Structure & Reactivity1
CHE-221Organic Chemistry I1
CHE-321Organic Chemistry II1
CHE-351Physical Chem I1
CHE-361Biochemistry1
CHE-461Advanced Topics in Biochemistry0.5
CHE-462Advanced Biochemistry0.5
CHE-331Adv Analytical Chem1
or CHE-441 Adv Inorganic Chem
Select one from the following courses from the Biology Department:1
Microbiology
Molecular Genetics
Developmental Biology
Approved 37X courses 1
Total Credits9
Collateral Requirements
MAT-110Calc. I With Pre-Calc. Review1
or MAT-111 Calculus I
MAT-112Calculus II1
PHY-111General Physics I1
PHY-112General Physics II - Science Majors1
BIO-111General Biology I1
BIO-112General Biology II1
BIO-211Genetics1
BIO-212Cell Biology1
Total Credits8
1

This course may not be counted towards a Biology minor.

The mathematics courses are best taken in the freshman year, and the physics sequence is best in the sophomore year, because physical chemistry has a two-course physics prerequisite. A student who places into MAT-010 Pre-Calc. With Intro. to Calc. should complete the MAT-010 Pre-Calc. With Intro. to Calc./MAT-110 Calc. I With Pre-Calc. Review and BIO-111 General Biology I/BIO-112 General Biology II sequences in the freshman year, and then begin CHE-111 General Chemistry in the sophomore year.

There are many possible routes through the Biochemistry major; please consult with the department chair for special circumstances:

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Fall SemesterCredits
CHE-111 General Chemistry 1
MAT-111 Calculus I 1
 Credits2
Spring Semester
CHE-211 Chemical Structure & Reactivity 1
MAT-112 Calculus II 1
 Credits2
Sophomore
Fall Semester
CHE-221 Organic Chemistry I 1
PHY-111 General Physics I 1
BIO-111 General Biology I 1
 Credits3
Spring Semester
CHE-321 Organic Chemistry II 1
PHY-112 General Physics II - Science Majors 1
BIO-112 General Biology II 1
 Credits3
Junior
Fall Semester
CHE-351 Physical Chem I 1
BIO-211 Genetics 1
 Credits2
Spring Semester
CHE-331 Adv Analytical Chem 1
CHE-361 Biochemistry 1
BIO-212 Cell Biology 1
 Credits3
Senior
Fall Semester
CHE-461
CHE-462
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry
and Advanced Biochemistry
1
CHE or BIO choice  
 Credits1
Spring Semester
CHE or BIO choice  
 Credits0
 Total Credits16

Or 

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Fall SemesterCredits
BIO-111 General Biology I 1
MAT-111 Calculus I 1
 Credits2
Spring Semester
BIO-112 General Biology II 1
MAT-112 Calculus II 1
 Credits2
Sophomore
Fall Semester
BIO-211 Genetics 1
CHE-111 General Chemistry 1
PHY-111 General Physics I 1
 Credits3
Spring Semester
BIO-212 Cell Biology 1
CHE-211 Chemical Structure & Reactivity 1
PHY-112 General Physics II - Science Majors 1
 Credits3
Junior
Fall Semester
CHE-221 Organic Chemistry I 1
Select one of the following: 1
Physical Chem I  
BIO Choice
 
 Credits2
Spring Semester
CHE-321 Organic Chemistry II 1
CHE-361 Biochemistry 1
 Credits2
Senior
Fall Semester
CHE-461
CHE-462
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry
and Advanced Biochemistry
1
Select one of the following: 1
Physical Chem I  
BIO choice
 
 Credits2
Spring Semester
CHE or BIO choice  
 Credits0
 Total Credits16

Or

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Fall SemesterCredits
CHE-111 General Chemistry 1
BIO-111 General Biology I 1
MAT-111 Calculus I 1
 Credits3
Spring Semester
CHE-211 Chemical Structure & Reactivity 1
BIO-112 General Biology II 1
MAT-112 Calculus II 1
 Credits3
Sophomore
Fall Semester
CHE-221 Organic Chemistry I 1
BIO-211 Genetics 1
PHY-111 General Physics I 1
 Credits3
Spring Semester
CHE-321 Organic Chemistry II 1
BIO-212 Cell Biology 1
PHY-112 General Physics II - Science Majors 1
 Credits3
Junior
Fall Semester
CHE-351 Physical Chem I 1
BIO choice  
 Credits1
Spring Semester
CHE-361 Biochemistry 1
CHE or BIO choice  
 Credits1
Senior
Fall Semester
CHE-461
CHE-462
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry
and Advanced Biochemistry
1
CHE or BIO choice  
 Credits1
Spring Semester
CHE or BIO choice  
 Credits0
 Total Credits15

Or 

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Fall SemesterCredits
CHE-111 General Chemistry 1
BIO-111 General Biology I 1
MAT-111 Calculus I 1
 Credits3
Spring Semester
CHE-211 Chemical Structure & Reactivity 1
BIO-112 General Biology II 1
MAT-112 Calculus II 1
 Credits3
Sophomore
Fall Semester
CHE-221 Organic Chemistry I 1
BIO-211 Genetics 1
 Credits2
Spring Semester
CHE-321 Organic Chemistry II 1
BIO-212 Cell Biology 1
 Credits2
Junior
Fall Semester
Select one of the following: 1
Physical Chem I  
BIO Choice
 
PHY-111 General Physics I 1
 Credits2
Spring Semester
CHE-361 Biochemistry 1
PHY-112 General Physics II - Science Majors 1
 Credits2
Senior
Fall Semester
CHE-461
CHE-462
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry
and Advanced Biochemistry
1
Select one of the following: 1
Physical Chem I  
CHE or BIO choice
 
 Credits2
Spring Semester
CHE choice and/or BIO choice  
 Credits0
 Total Credits16

Biochemistry majors who wish to transfer chemistry credits from another institution as part of their major must have prior approval of the Department Chair to do so.

The written comprehensive examination for senior majors emphasizes both knowledge of basic chemical concepts and the ability to apply these concepts to new problems. The exam includes written questions over material from courses, a laboratory practical, a literature component, and an experimental design essay. Students that fail to complete their courses by the time of the written examination must petition the Department Chair for a special exam no later than the fall prior to their comprehensive examination.

Walter Ray Pendola Novak

Ann Taylor