UT Dallas 2014 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Biochemistry (BS)

The Biochemistry program at UT Dallas, administered through the Department of Chemistry, draws on faculty from the Departments of Chemistry, Biological Sciences, and researchers from UT Southwestern Medical School to provide courses and research opportunities to its majors. The Biochemistry major bridges the gap between modern Chemistry and Biology. The curriculum, designed to prepare students for either graduate work in the Biological Sciences, the Chemical Sciences, or for entry-level positions in the biotechnology industry, builds on a base of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics to provide the student the opportunity to develop essential theoretical and practical skills.

Chemistry Faculty

Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry; Professors of Chemistry: Ray H. Baughman, Dennis W. Smith Jr.

Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Chair in Systems Biology; Professor of Chemistry: A. Dean Sherry

Distinguished Chair in Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Bruce M. Novak

Professors: Kenneth J. Balkus Jr., Julia Chan, Rockford K. Draper, John P. Ferraris, Bruce E. Gnade, Inga H. Musselman

Professor Emeritus: Richard A. Caldwell

Research Professors: Garry E. Kiefer, Duck Joo (D. J.) Yang

Associate Professors: Jung-Mo Ahn, Michael C. Biewer, Gregg R. Dieckmann, Warren J. Goux, Steven O. Nielsen, Paul Pantano, John W. Sibert IV, Mihaela C. Stefan, Jie Zheng

Assistant Professors: Jeremiah J. Gassensmith, Jiyong Lee, Ronald A. Smaldone

Senior Lecturers: Sergio Cortes, Sandhya R. Gavva, Jason L. McAfee, Yanping Qin, Amandeep Sra, Claudia Taenzler

Affiliated Faculty: Lee A. Bulla, Yves J. Chabal, Lev D. Gelb, Amy V. Walker, Anvar A. Zakhidov

Biological Sciences Faculty

Professors: Lee A. Bulla, Rockford K. Draper, Juan E. González, Stephen D. Levene, Lawrence J. Reitzer, Stephen Spiro, Li Zhang, Michael Qiwei Zhang

Professor Emeritus: Donald M. Gray

Associate Professors: Gail A. M. Breen, John G. Burr, Jeff L. DeJong, Nikki Delk, Ernest M. Hannig, Tae Hoon Kim, Dennis L. Miller

Assistant Professors: Zhenyu Xuan

Senior Lecturers: Irina Borovkov, Mehmet Candas, Vincent P. Cirillo, Wen-Ju Lin, Robert C. Marsh, Ruben D. Ramirez, Scott A. Rippel, Ilya Sapozhnikov, Wen-Ho Yu

UT Southwestern Medical School

UT Dallas Biochemistry majors may perform their research in the laboratories of faculty members from the departments of Biochemistry, Internal Medicine, Pharmacology and Physiology at UT Southwestern, as available.

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours2

Communication: 6 semester credit hours

COMM 1311 Survey of Oral, and Technology-based Communication
RHET 1302 Rhetoric

Mathematics: 3 semester credit hours

MATH 2417 Calculus3, 4
or MATH 2413 Differential Calculus3, 4

Life and Physical Sciences: 6 semester credit hours5

CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I3
or CHEM 1315 Honors Freshman Chemistry I3
CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II3
or CHEM 1316 Honors Freshman Chemistry II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture: 3 semester credit hours

Select any 3 semester credit hours from Language, Philosophy and Culture core courses (see advisor)

Creative Arts: 3 semester credit hours

Select any 3 semester credit hours from Creative Arts core courses (see advisor)

American History: 6 semester credit hours

Select any 6 semester credit hours from American History core courses (see advisor)

Government / Political Science: 6 semester credit hours

GOVT 2305 American National Government
GOVT 2306 State and Local Government

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 semester credit hours

Select any 3 semester credit hours from Social and Behavioral Sciences core courses (see advisor)

Component Area Option: 6 semester credit hours

MATH 2417 Calculus I3, 4
or MATH 2413 Differential Calculus3, 4
MATH 2419 Calculus II3, 4
or MATH 2414 Integral Calculus3, 4
PHYS 2125 Physics Laboratory I3, 5

II. Major Requirements: 66 semester credit hours

Major Preparatory Courses: 29 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum

BIOL 2111 Introduction to Modern Biology Workshop I
BIOL 2311 Introduction to Modern Biology I
CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Laboratory I
or CHEM 1115 Honors Freshman Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 1112 General Chemistry Laboratory II
or CHEM 1116 Honors Freshman Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I3
or CHEM 1315 Honors Freshman Chemistry I3
CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II3
or CHEM 1316 Honors Freshman Chemistry II3
CHEM 2123 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory I6
CHEM 2125 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory II6
CHEM 2323 Introductory Organic Chemistry I6
CHEM 2325 Introductory Organic Chemistry II6
CHEM 2401 Introductory Quantitative Methods in Chemistry

MATH Sequence - Students may choose one of the following sequences:

I. MATH 2413 Differential Calculus3, 4
and MATH 2414 Integral Calculus3, 4
and MATH 2415 Calculus of Several Variables


II. MATH 2417 Calculus I3, 4
and MATH 2419 Calculus II3, 4
and MATH 2451 Multivariable Calculus with Applications
PHYS 2125 Physics Laboratory I3, 5
PHYS 2126 Physics Laboratory II
PHYS 2325 Mechanics7
or PHYS 2421 Honors Physics I - Mechanics and Heat7
PHYS 2326 Electromagnetism and Waves7
or PHYS 2422 Honors Physics II - Electromagnetism and Waves7

Major Core Courses: 37 semester credit hours

BIOL 3101 Classical and Molecular Genetics Workshop
BIOL 3102 Eukaryotic Molecular and Cell Biology Workshop
BIOL 3161 Biochemistry Workshop I
BIOL 3162 Biochemistry Workshop II
BIOL 3301 Classical and Molecular Genetics
BIOL 3302 Eukaryotic Molecular and Cell Biology
BIOL 3380 Biochemistry Laboratory
BIOL 3361 or CHEM 3361 Biochemistry I
BIOL 3362 or CHEM 3362 Biochemistry II
CHEM 3321 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 3322 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 3472 Instrumental Analysis
Any two upper-division Chemistry or Biology electives (8 semester credit hours) not taken to fulfill above.

III. Elective Requirements: 12 semester credit hours

Free Electives: 12 semester credit hours

The plan must include sufficient upper-division credit to total 51 upper-division semester credit hours.

STAT 2332 Statistics for Life Sciences is strongly recommended.

Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master's Degrees

Undergraduate students at UT Dallas with strong academic records who intend to pursue the MS in Chemistry at UT Dallas may apply for a Fast Track plan of study which involves taking selected graduate courses as an upper-level student. After admission to the graduate program, 15 semester credit hours of graduate courses with an earned grade of B or better can be used toward completion of the baccalaureate degree and to satisfy requirements for the master's degree. Interested students should contact the undergraduate advisor well in advance of the junior year to prepare a sequence permitting maximal advantage to be taken of the catalog's regulations (see catalog.utdallas.edu/2014/undergraduate/policies/graduate-courses) regarding Undergraduate Registration for Graduate Courses.

  1. Incoming freshmen must complete and pass UNIV 1010 Freshman Seminar and the corresponding school-related freshman seminar course. Students, including transfer students, who complete their core curriculum at UT Dallas must take UNIV 2020.
  2. Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from institutions of higher education. The courses listed are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
  3. A required Major course that also fulfills Core Curriculum requirement. Semester credit hours are counted in the Core Curriculum.
  4. Three semester credit hours of Calculus are counted to fulfill the Mathematics Core Requirement with the remaining five semester credit hours to be counted under Component Area Option Core.
  5. Six semester credit hours of Physics are counted under Science core, and one semester of Physics (PHYS 2125) are counted under Component Area Option core.
  6. Indicates a prerequisite class to be completed before enrolling for upper-division classes.
  7. Students will take one of the two Physics sequences: PHYS 2325 and PHYS 2326 or PHYS 2421 and PHYS 2422 with accompanying labs.
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