The Bachelor’s Degree


Students wishing to major in Biochemistry should consult with an academic advisor upon admission to the University to make sure they are taking their required courses in the proper sequence. In order to declare a Biochemistry major, students need to complete a Change of Curriculum form on the Records and Registration website.  There is no separate admission to the major.

First-year students should contact the science advisor in the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center. Students with more than 30 hours (transfer students and sophomores) should contact the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

It is imperative that students beyond their first year regularly consult with a faculty member in the Chemistry department regarding their major.  All students are assigned a faculty member as their primary advisor upon declaring their major in Biochemistry. We suggest that you meet with your faculty advisor at least one time each semester to discuss courses, careers, and research opportunities. To set an appointment, contact the office manager at (217) 206-6589.

Refer to the Chemistry website at to view the department’s Sample Curriculum/ Program Guide.

Assessment of Learning within the Discipline

A biochemist graduating from UIS will be characterized as being able to:

  • Integrate chemical knowledge
  • Perform appropriate laboratory skills
  • Communicate scientific information
  • Apply the scientific process(es)
  • Participate in the biochemistry profession

Students majoring in biochemistry may be asked to participate in surveys of focus groups in order to assist the department in assessing the learning outcomes of the program. Other evidences of student learning (exam scores, research papers) will be used in an anonymous and confidential manner for Chemistry department curriculum review and planning.

Grading Policy

Chemistry courses for which the student has attained a grade of C- or better will be applied toward their B.S. degree in biochemistry (grades of D+ or lower will not be accepted). Biochemistry majors may repeat program courses for grade improvement only once.

General Education

All biochemistry majors must fulfill the undergraduate general education requirements as described at the beginning of this catalog. Certain courses required for the UIS Biochemistry Bachelor of Science degree also fulfill general education requirements (listed in the table below). Consult with your academic advisor before registering to ensure that you take the correct courses in the correct sequence.

Life Science
BIO 141 General Biology I 4
Physical Science
CHE 141 General Chemistry I 4
Mathematical Skills
MAT 115 Calculus I 4
Applied Mathematics
MAT 121 Applied Statistics 3
ECCE Engagement Experience
CHE 400 ECCE: Undergraduate Research 3
or CHE 302 ECCE: Undergraduate Research

Degree Requirements

Introductory Courses
CHE 141 General Chemistry I 4
CHE 142 General Chemistry II 4
CHE 143 Recitation for General Chemistry I 0
CHE 144 Recitation for General Chemistry II 0
CHE 267 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE 268 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CHE 269 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE 271 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
Calculus (one year):
MAT 115
MAT 116
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Physics (one year):
ASP 201
ASP 202
University Physics I
and University Physics II
Total Hours 32

Transfer students with deficiencies in the introductory courses may enter the program conditionally but will be required to make up the deficiencies during their first year of study. This extra work may mean that some students will require more than four years to complete the B.S. degree. Transcripts submitted by transfer students must show that the following course requirement categories have been met:

  • General Chemistry I and II
  • Organic Chemistry with lab (one year)
  • Calculus (one year)
  • Introductory Biology with lab (one year)
  • Physics, calculus based (one year)
Intermediate and Advanced Courses
CHE 301 General Seminar 3
or BIO 301 General Seminar
CHE 321 Chemical Analysis 4
CHE 400 ECCE: Undergraduate Research 3
or CHE 302 ECCE: Undergraduate Research
CHE 401 Physical Chemistry I – Thermodynamics 3
CHE 418 Bioanalytical Chemistry 3
CHE 475 General Biochemistry 3
CHE 476 General Biochemistry Laboratory 2
CHE 485 Advanced Biochemistry 4
400-level Chemistry Electives 3
Upper Division Biology Electives (choose from the list below): 6
Cell Biology
Medicinal Chemistry
Medicinal Chemistry
Introduction to Neuroscience
Introduction to Neuroscience
Total Hours 34