Electrical Engineering Student

Biochemistry, B.S.

Requirements for Graduation

To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Biochemistry must complete a minimum of 120 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.

The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete a First Year Seminar, Foundations (FCO 103 will be a required co-requisite with FCO 105 for students who have a high school GPA below 3.20), Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.

In addition, students majoring in Biochemistry must earn a grade of 2.0 or higher in all required courses in the major.

General Education Requirement


First Year Seminar

  • FYS 100 First-Year Seminar 3 credit hours
  • FYS 102 Common Hour 0 credit hours

Foundations Requirements

Communication course:

  • FCO 105 Rhetorical Communication 3 credit hours

Advanced Communication course:

  • FCO 215 Technical and Scientific Communication 3 credit hours

Quantitative Fluency course:

Satisfied by major (MAT 171)

Choose 3 credits of the following American Citizenship courses:

  • ECO201 Principles of Economics (Micro) 3 credit hours
  • HIS 111 American History from Colonization to Civil War 3 credit hours
  • HIS 112 American History from Civil War to Global Power 3 credit hours
  • PHL 245 American Philosophical Thought 3 credit hours
  • PS 101 American Government and Citizenship 3 credit hours
  • REL 269 American Religious Thought and Culture 3 credit hours

Choose three credits of the following Global Citizenship courses or the student has the option to complete this requirement by successfully completing 6 credits of the same foreign language:

  • ECO 200 Principles of Economics (Macro) 3 credit hours
  • G 100 World Regional Geography 3 credit hours
  • HIS 102 The West in the World 3 credit hours
  • PS 102 Contemporary Global Issues 3 credit hours

Disciplinary Perspectives Requirements

Choose 3 credits of the following Humanities courses:

  • FLM 216 Introduction to Film 3 credit hours
  • HIS 101 The Foundation of the West 3 credit hours
  • LIT 200 Perspectives in Literature 3 credit hours
  • PHL 221 Introduction to Philosophy 3 credit hours
  • REL 265 World Religions 3 credit hours
  • PHL 238 OR WGS 238 Race, Gender, and Sexuality 3 credit hours

Choose 3 credits of the following Arts courses:

  • ART 101 Art and Visual Culture 3 credit hours
  • CRW 272 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 credit hours
  • MUS 186 Listening to Music 3 credit hours
  • THE 154 Introduction to Theatre 3 credit hours

Choose 3 credits of the following Social and Behavioral Sciences courses:

  • ECO 205 Economic Perspectives 3 credit hours
  • ENT 150 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3 credit hours
  • MKT 100 Principles of Marketing 3 credit hours
  • PS 110 Introduction to Political Science 3 credit hours
  • PSY 100 General Psychology 3 credit hours
  • REC 101 Recreation and Leisure in Modern Society 3 credit hours
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 credit hours

Natural and Physical Sciences course:

Satisfied by major (CHM 134/135, 136/137, 146/147, 234/235, 338/339)

Constellation Requirement

The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation except for Education majors.

Required Major Courses


  • CHM 100 Chemistry Seminar Series 0.5 credit hour
  • CHM 102 Chemistry Seminar Series 0.5 credit hour
  • CHM 134/135 General Chemistry I 4 credit hours
  • CHM 136/137 General Chemistry II 4 credit hours
    OR
    CHM 146/147 Advanced Chemistry II 5 credit hours
  • CHM 190 Chemistry Seminar Series 0.5 credit hour
  • CHM 192 Chemistry Seminar Series 0.5 credit hour
  • CHM 200 Chemistry Seminar Series 0.5 credit hour
  • CHM 212 Chemistry Seminar Series 0.5 credit hour
  • CHM 234/235 Organic Chemistry I 4 credit hours
  • CHM 236/237 Organic Chemistry II 4 credit hours
  • CHM 290 Chemistry Seminar Series 0.5 credit hour
  • CHM 300 Senior Chemistry Seminar 0.5 credit hour
  • CHM 324 Physical Chemistry for Biosciences 3 credit hours
  • CHM 330 Introduction to Chemical Research 2 credit hours
  • CHM 338/339 Instrumental Analytical Chemistry 4 credit hours
  • BIO 142 Molecules, Genes, and Cells 4 credit hours
  • BIO 240 Genetics 4 credit hours
  • BIO 290 Biostatistics 3 credit hours
  • BIO 350/351 Biochemistry I 4 credit hours
  • BIO 352/353 Biochemistry II 4 credit hours
  • BCM 400 Applied Biochemistry 4 credit hours

Select at least 1 credit from:

CHM 461, CHM 462, CHM 463, CHM 464 2 credit hours each
OR
BIO 406, BIO 407, BIO 408, BIO 409 1 credit hour each

  • MAT 171 Calculus I 4 credit hours
  • MAT 172 Calculus II 4 credit hours
  • PHY 110/111 General Physics I 4 credit hours
  • PHY 112/113 General Physics II 4 credit hours

Biology Elective Course

Select 3 credits from the following: 

  • BIO 330 Microbiology 4 credit hours
  • BIO 332 Genes, Cells, and Society credit hours
  • BIO 354 Immunology 4 credit hours
  • BIO 358 Cell and Molecular Biology 4 credit hours
  • BIO 360 Neurobiology 4 credit hours
  • BCM 415 Medicinal Biochemistry 3 credit hours

Major Electives (6 credits)

Student will select at least 6 additional credits from any BIO or CHM course. At least At least 3 credits must be at or above 300 level and at least 3 credits must contain a laboratory component. Must be different from Biology Elective. In consultation with the academic advisor students may select courses to support post-graduation goals such as medical or professional school.

Free Electives (4-7 credits)

Students may select any credits totaling 4-7 but must also ensure that the 120 credits required to complete the degree have been met.

Suggested Course Sequence


First Year (31-32 credits)

  • CHM 100 Chemistry Seminar Series 0.5 credit hour
  • CHM 102 Chemistry Seminar Series 0.5 credit hour
  • CHM 134/135 General Chemistry I 4 credit hours
  • CHM 136/137 General Chemistry II 4 credit hours
    OR
  • CHM 146/147 Advanced Chemistry II 5 credit hours
  • FCO 105 Rhetorical Communication 3 credit hours
  • FYS 100 First-Year Seminar 3 credit hours
  • FYS 102 Common Hour 0 credit hours
  • MAT 171 Calculus I 4 credit hours
  • MAT 172 Calculus II 4 credit hours
  • BIO 240 Genetics 4 credit hours
  • PHY 112/113 General Physics II 4 credit hours

 Sophomore Year (29 credits)

  • CHM 190 Chemistry Seminar Series 0.5 credit hour
  • CHM 192 Chemistry Seminar Series 0.5 credit hour
  • CHM 234/235 Organic Chemistry I 4 credit hours
  • CHM 236/237 Organic Chemistry II 4 credit hours
  • PHY 110/111 General Physics I 4 credit hours
  • PHY 112/113 General Physics II 4 credit hours
  • FCO 215 Technical and Scientific Communication 3 credit hours
  • BIO 290 Biostatistics 3 credit hours
  • Foundations - American Citizenship course 3 credit hours
  • Foundations - Global Citizenship course 3 credit hours

Junior Year (33 credits) 

  • CHM 200 Chemistry Seminar Series 0.5 credit hour
  • CHM 212 Chemistry Seminar Series 0.5 credit hour
  • CHM 324 Physical Chemistry for Biosciences 3 credit hours
  • CHM 330 Introduction to Chemical Research 2 credit hours
  • CHM 338/339 Instrumental Analytical Chemistry 4 credit hours
  • BIO 350/351 Biochemistry I 4 credit hours
  • BIO 352/353 Biochemistry II 4 credit hours
  • Biology elective or Major elective 3 credit hours
  • Disciplinary Perspectives courses 9 credit hours
  • Constellation course 3 credit hours

Senior Year (27-28 credits)

  • CHM 290 Chemistry Seminar Series 0.5 credit hour
  • CHM 300 Senior Chemistry Seminar 0.5 credit hour
  • BCM 400 Applied Biochemistry 4 credit hours
  • CHM 461/462/463/464 Chemistry Research 2 credit hours
    OR
  • BIO 406/407/408/409 Biology Research 1 credit hour
  • Biology Elective or Major Elective courses 6 credit hours
  • Free Elective courses 4-7 credit hours
  • Constellation courses 9 credit hours