Undergraduate Overview

Bachelor of Science

Email: che@uis.edu
Office Phone: (217) 206-6589
Office Location: HSB 314

The Biochemistry curriculum is designed to prepare students for the biomedical sciences and/or health professions through a strong background in chemistry and its application to biological systems. The degree, hosted by the Chemistry Department, meets or exceeds the requirements for those students pursuing a professional degree, e.g. medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy, as well as those interested in graduate work in associated sciences, e.g. biochemistry, pharmacology, and molecular biology. The department is accredited by the America Chemical Society’s Committee on Professional Training and the curriculum meets the recommendations of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Undergraduate Research

One of the advantages of earning a Biochemistry degree from UIS is involvement in hands-on original lab research. The requirement is fulfilled by earning three credits of CHE 302 or CHE 400 ECCE: Undergraduate Research. These credits can be earned on campus in a project with one of the Chemistry Department faculty, another faculty member in the Natural Science Division, or in an off-campus research internship. The three credits of CHE 302 or CHE 400 meet the University requirements for three credits of ECCE Engaged Citizenship. The course includes a final written report of the research results and a professional presentation. Contact a Chemistry faculty member to discuss possible projects or to get approval of a research opportunity outside the department.

Additional Engaged Citizenship credits can be earned in an internship. There are local paid internships in the sciences. Contact the Internships and Prior Learning office for the current list of available internships at (217) 206-6640 (http://www.uis.edu/ipl/).

Honors in Biochemistry

Biochemistry majors may elect to participate in the honors program in Biochemistry. To graduate with honors in Biochemistry, a student must:

  1. complete all degree requirements,
  2. earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all UIS Chemistry courses and 3.50 for UIS courses overall, and
  3. make a public presentation of the results of undergraduate research (CHE 302 or CHE 400 or similar experiential learning project). Students must apply for honors designation to the chair of the Chemistry Department prior to their final semester at UIS.