College of Arts and Sciences
Biochemistry Concentration Information
Phone: (423) 439-4367
Web Address: www.etsu.edu/chemists
In simplest terms, chemistry is the science of matter. Anything that can be touched, tasted, smelled, seen or felt is made of chemicals.
Chemists are the people who transform the everyday materials around us into amazing things. Some chemists work on cures for cancer while others monitor the ozone protecting us from the sun. Still others discover new materials to make our homes warmer in the winter, or new textiles to be used in the latest fashions. The knowledge gained through the study of chemistry opens many career pathways. Here are just a few of the careers chosen by chemists.
There are a multitude of careers available to chemists which range from positions in industry, academics, government and medical careers, to give a brief list. portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content
There are a variety of Chemistry Programs to choose from at ETSU. These programs include: the ACS Chemistry Concentration, the ACS Biochemistry Concentration, the ACS Chemical Physics Concentration, the Chemistry Concentration, and the Chemistry minor.
ACS Biochemistry Concentration
This is a joint concentration with the Department of Biological Sciences and Chemistry (College of Arts and Sciences) and the Department of Biochemistry (Quillen College of Medicine) for the Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. The students may major in either biology or chemistry, but not both, and coursework is required in both departments. The Chemistry Department’s biochemistry concentration is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and as such it is subject to change upon notice from the ACS. The student should consult frequently with an advisor to ensure completion of the major in a judicious manner.
This program requires 120 credit hours. A minor is not required with this concentration. An overall 2.0 GPA is required for all major courses. For more information, please visit the Chemistry Department’s website (www.etsu.edu/cas/chemistry) or contact the department at 423-439-4367. To schedule an appointment with your advisor please refer to “How to Contact Your Advisor” (www.etsu.edu/advisement/continuingstudents/default.aspx#Find).
General Program Information
To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements put forth by ETSU, by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels. Please follow the format below:
University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements
Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120
College of Arts and Sciences B.S. Degree Requirements
Students majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet the following requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Some requirements must be taken in addition to the General Education Core, whereas others specify which courses from the General Education Core must be taken.
TBR General Education Requirements: 42 Credit Hours
Below you will see the categories and courses specified under TBR General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a TBR General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, we only list those courses under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.
9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.
Complete both of the following:
Humanities and Fine Arts
9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.
Complete one of the following:
Complete one of the following:
Complete the following:
Social and Behavioral Sciences
6 credits, consisting of two of the following:
6 credits, consisting of both of the following:
8 credits, consisting of the following:
Students will enroll in the appropriate general education math course during their first calendar year of enrollment at ETSU. Students required to complete learning support in mathematics must enroll in a learning support-designated section (L01-L99) of MATH 1530 during their first 15 hours at ETSU (not including summer) unless they are also required to complete learning support in reading or writing. Students needing learning support in reading or writing in addition to learning support in math should enroll in MATH 1530-Lxx immediately upon completing their other learning support requirements. Additional information may be found on the University Advisement Center website www.etsu.edu/uac/learningsupport/
MATH 1910 Calculus I, PHIL 2640 Science and the Modern World, and SPCH 2320 Argumentation and Debate are requirements for obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree. These courses satisfy the TBR General Education Requirements in their corresponding categories.
Biochemistry Requirements: 74-78 Credit Hours
The chemistry major with a biochemistry concentration must select one (1) non-duplicated course from the following:
Electives: 0-4 Credit Hours
Total Hours Required for Degree: 120 Credit Hours
Teaching Program Information
Teacher Education–Students interested in pursuing a teacher education program for certification as a teacher are asked to see the area advisor in the Department of Chemistry AND the professional advisor in the Office of Student Services, 321 Warf-Pickel, College of Education. Please refer to the section on “Admission to Teacher Education” for basic admission requirements in the College of Education section of this catalog.
Pre-Teacher Education–Declaration of Intent-All ETSU students desiring to complete a teacher education or other public school licensure program (for initial licensure, add-on endorsement, or advanced study in education) must file a Declaration of Intent in the Office of Student Services, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall. The Declaration of Intent should be filed before 30 credit hours of coursework have been completed or, in the case of transfer and post-baccalaureate students, in the first semester at ETSU. Delay or failure to file the Declaration of Intent may result in incomplete advisement. Students who have not filed the Declaration of Intent will not be considered for admission to teacher education and may be ineligible to enroll in many professional education courses.
Professional Education Requirements for Secondary and K-12 Students–The professional education requirements for secondary and K- 12 students are met by completing the minor in education (refer to the Education Minor section in this catalog for a list of required courses) and the professional semester (CUAI 4580 , “Student Teaching”). Students are required to submit a professional portfolio for admission to teacher education.
Click here to view the Suggested Course Sequence for Biochemistry Concentration, CHEM .
Additional coursework in chemistry is recommended.
Approved students may enroll in one of the following courses in the Department of Biochemistry (Quillen College of Medicine) during their last semester of coursework:
- BIOC 5100 Protein Structure and Function (3 credits)
- BIOC 5350 Molecular Immunology (3 credits)
- BIOC 5600 Genetics and Molecular Biology (4 credits)
- BIOC 5700 Macromolecular Interactions (3 credits)
A research experience is strongly advised for students with good academic records, especially those planning advanced study. The student should consult with an advisor concerning research opportunities. The following courses are recommended: