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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
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Biochemistry - General [BS]

Revised Program [Fall 2021]

A Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry - General, is designed for students interested in biochemistry or who need some general biochemical knowledge for their future career but who require a less extensive background in chemistry than that presented in the Biochemistry Major. Often selected by students interested in pre-professional programs, this major is also chosen by those who desire a broader experience in other disciplines or those who want to enter the workforce immediately after graduation.

This is a designated STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program.


A general Biochemistry major learns how to think about the complexity of life in chemical terms and acquires practical chemistry and biochemistry lab and problem-solving skills. Graduates of this program will have the biochemical foundation they need for a career in medicine or the chemical, biomedical, or biotechnology industries.


In addition to taking both lecture and hands-on laboratory courses, many general Biochemistry majors choose to participate in individual, mentored research with a faculty member. This research training deepens their scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills. It often includes opportunities to present research findings both to other EMU students and at regional or national conferences. In addition, this major provides a strong foundation for students interested in Pre-Medicine or Pre-Dentistry, or a diversity of other fields. It also is a good path to a job in the industry.

Career opportunities include the following: analytical chemist, biomedical research assistant, biotechnology research assistant, brewer lab assistant, chemical research technician, chemical oceanographer, chemical sales representative, consumer protection specialist, crime lab analyst, dentist, food and drug analyst, forensic chemist, industrial health engineer, information scientist, lawyer, science librarian, occupational safety specialist, optometrist, osteopathologist, patent examiner, pharmacist, pharmacologist, physician, police chemist, soil scientist, a veterinarian.

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Department Information

Chemistry Deborah Heyl-Clegg, Ph.D., Department Head | 541 Science Complex, 734.487.0106, dheylcle@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Steven Backues, Ph.D., 734.487.0106, sbackues@emich.edu

Brittany Albaugh, Ph.D., 734.487.0106, balbaug1@emich.edu

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements, see General Education  or print a worksheet .  

Major Requirements: 60-62 hours

Restricted Electives: 5 hours

Choose five credit hours from the following courses. At-least two credit hours must be at the 400-level or above. Please note that many of the courses below require prerequisites.

Minor Requirement:

This major does not require a minor.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.

Critical Graduation Information

Each undergraduate student will be responsible for the fulfillment of the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration at a college or university or a subsequent catalog including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

In the event an undergraduate student does not complete the degree requirements within seven years of the date of their original registration at a college or university, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their major/minor in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check the requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; individual departments/schools conduct the internal review of such courses within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)

General Education Requirements EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education  section of the catalog.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.