School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
The Biochemistry program at UT Dallas, administered through the Department of Chemistry, draws on faculty from the Departments of Chemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology, 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.
Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry; Professor of Chemistry: Ray H. Baughman, Dennis 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., Rockford K. Draper (Biology), John P. Ferraris, Bruce E. Gnade (Electrical Engineering), Inga H. Musselman
Associate Professors: Jung-Mo Ahn, Michael C. Biewer, Gregg R. Dieckmann, Warren J. Goux, Steven O. Nielsen, Paul Pantano, John W. Sibert IV
Assistant Professors: Mihaela C. Stefan, Jie Zheng
Affiliated Professors: Lee A. Bulla (Biology), Anvar A. Zakhidov (Physics)
Research Professors: Gary E. Kiefer, Duck Joo Yang
Emeritus Professor: Richard A. Caldwell
Senior Lecturers: Sergio Cortes, Sandhya R. Gavva, Claudia Taenzler
Molecular and Cell Biology:
Professors: Lee A. Bulla, Santosh D'Mello, Rockford K. Draper, Juan E. Gonz?lez, Donald M. Gray, Steven D. Levene, Betty S. Pace, Lawrence J. Reitzer, Li Zhang, Michael Q. Zhang
Associate Professors: Gail A.M. Breen, John G. Burr, Jeff L. Delong, Ernest M. Hannig, Dennis L. Miller, Stephen Spiro
Assistant Professor: Tianbing Xia, Zhenyu Xuan
Senior Lecturers: Irina Borovkov, Mehmet Candas, Vincent P. Cirillo, Wenju Lin, Robert C. Marsh, Ruben Ramirez, Scott A. Rippel, Ilya Sapozhnikov, Wen-Ho Yu
UT Southwestern Medical School
UTD 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
Degree Requirements (129 hours)
I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours
Communication (6 hours)
3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
6 hours American History
3 hours Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective
Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)
3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)
Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)1
Science (9 hours)
II. Major Requirements: 69 hours
Major Preparatory Courses (29 hours beyond core curriculum)
BIOL 2111 Introduction to Modern Biology Workshop I
BIOL 2311 Introduction to Modern Biology I
MATH Sequence - Students may choose one of the following sequences:
and MATH 2451 Multivariable Calculus with Applications
PHYS 2125 Physics Laboratory I
PHYS 2126 Physics Laboratory II
Major Core Courses (40 hours beyond core curriculum)
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
CHEM 3321 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 3322 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 3472 Instrumental Analysis
Any two upper-division Chemistry or Biology electives (6 hours) not taken to fulfill above.
III. Elective Requirements: 18 hours
Advanced Electives (6 hours)
These courses must be outside the major and be upper-division and/or have prerequisites.
Free Electives (12 hours)
The plan must include sufficient upper-division credit to total 51 upper-division credit hours.
STAT 3332 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 M.S. 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 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/2012/undergraduate/policies/graduate-courses) regarding Undergraduate Registration for Graduate Courses.