Description

The Department of Biochemistry offers studies leading to either a bachelor of science (BS) or to a combined bachelors and masters degree (BS and MS) in biochemistry. The training offered is suitable for a professional career in biochemistry, which may lead to employment in various industries involved in the manufacture or processing of chemicals, foods, feeds, and pharmaceuticals or federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Public Health Service, and Environmental Protection Agency. The program is also suitable as preparation for graduate studies leading to academic careers in biochemistry and professional careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and health-related fields. The Department is accredited by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), meaning seniors who sit for the ASBMB certification exam are recognized as earning a certified degree if they receive a qualifying score.

The combined bachelors and masters degree in biochemistry is especially tailored for highly motivated undergraduate students with superior ability who seek additional training to further their career goals. This research thesis-based program is designed to provide opportunities for students to carry out and interpret contemporary research.
 

Laboratory Fee and Deposit. Students who enroll in laboratory courses in the Department of Biochemistry may be required to pay a small nonrefundable cash fee to defray the cost of materials consumed in the course and a deposit to cover the cost of replacing or repairing equipment the student may damage in the laboratory.

Program Assessment. In order to assist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of its programs, selected courses are assessed and majors are required to participate in an exit interview in their senior year. The interview will be conducted in the BIOC 435 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry course and results of participation in the interview will in no way affect a student's GPA or graduation.

College Admission

The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), including any of the majors or minors offered through the college, are the same as the UNL General Admission Requirements. In addition to these requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences strongly recommends a third and fourth year of one foreign language in high school. Four years of high school coursework in the same language will fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences’ language requirement. It will also allow students to continue language study at a more advanced level at UNL and provide more opportunity to study abroad.

ACADEMIC AND CAREER Advising

Academic and Career Advising Center

The Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall is the undergraduate hub for CAS students in all majors. Centrally located and easily accessed, students encounter friendly, knowledgeable people who are eager to help. Students visit the Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall to:

  • Choose or change their major, minor, or degree program.
  • Check in on policies, procedures, and deadlines.
  • Get a college approval signature from the Dean's representative, Sr. Director of Advising and Student Success.

While the assigned academic advisor should be the student's primary contact, there are daily walk-ins from 12-3 where a general academic advisor can answer a quick question. In addition, the CAS Career Coaches are located here. They help students explore majors and minors, gain experience, and develop a plan for life after graduation. Not sure where to go or who to ask? The Advising Center team can help.

Assigned Academic Advisors

Academic advisors are critical resources dedicated to students' academic, personal, and professional success. Every CAS student is assigned an academic advisor based on their primary major. Since most CAS students have more than just a single major, it is important to get to know the advisor for any minors or additional majors. Academic advisors work closely with the faculty to provide the best overall support and the discipline-specific expertise.

Assigned advisors are listed in MyRED and their offices may be located in or near the department of the major for which they advise or in the Academic and Career Advising Center. Students who have declared a pre-health or pre-law area of interest will also work with advisors in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (Explore Center) in 127 Love South, who are specially trained to guide students preparing to enter a professional school.

For complete and current information on advisors for majors, minors, or pre-professional areas, contact the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall, 402-472-4190, http://cas.unl.edu/advising.

Career Coaching

The College believes that Academics + Experience = Opportunities and encourages students to complement their academic preparation with real-world experience, including internships, research, education abroad, service, and leadership. Arts and sciences students have access to a powerful network of faculty, staff, and advisors dedicated to providing information and support for their goals of meaningful employment or advanced education. Arts and sciences graduates have unlimited career possibilities and carry with them important career competencies—communication, critical thinking, creativity, context, and collaboration. They have the skills and adaptability that employers universally value. Graduates are not only prepared to effectively contribute professionally in the real world, but they have a solid foundation to excel in an increasingly global, technological, and interdisciplinary world.

Students should contact the career coaches in the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather, or their assigned advisor, for more information. The CAS career coaches help students explore career options, identify ways to build experience, and prepare to apply for internships, jobs, or graduate school, including help with resumes, applications, and interviewing.

ACE Requirements

 Students must complete one course for each of the ACE Student Learning Outcomes below. Certified course choices are published in the degree audit, or visit the ACE website for the most current list of certified courses.

ACE Student Learning Outcomes
ACE 1 : Write texts, in various forms, with an identified purpose, that respond to specific audience needs, integrate research or existing knowledge, and use applicable documentation and appropriate conventions of format and structure.
ACE 2: Demonstrate competence in communication skills.
ACE 3: Use mathematical, computational, statistical, logical, or other formal reasoning to solve problems, draw inferences, justify conclusions, and determine reasonableness.
ACE 4: Use scientific methods and knowledge to pose questions, frame hypotheses, interpret data, and evaluate whether conclusions about the natural and physical world are reasonable.
ACE 5: Use knowledge, historical perspectives, analysis, interpretation, critical evaluation, and the standards of evidence appropriate to the humanities to address problems and issues.
ACE 6: Use knowledge, theories, and research perspectives such as statistical methods or observational accounts appropriate to the social sciences to understand and evaluate social systems or human behaviors.
ACE 7: Use knowledge, theories, or methods appropriate to the arts to understand their context and significance.
ACE 8: Use knowledge, theories, and analysis to explain ethical principles and their importance in society.
ACE 9: Exhibit global awareness or knowledge of human diversity through analysis of an issue.
ACE 10: Generate a creative or scholarly product that requires broad knowledge, appropriate technical proficiency, information collection, synthesis, interpretation, presentation, and reflection.

College Degree Requirements

College Distribution Requirements – BA and BS

The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are common to both the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees and are designed to ensure a range of courses. By engaging in study in several different areas within the College, students develop the ability to learn in a variety of ways and apply their knowledge from a variety of perspectives. All requirements are in addition to University ACE requirements, and no course can be used to fulfill both an ACE outcome and a College Distribution Requirement.

  • A student may not use a single course to satisfy more than one College Distribution Requirement, with the exception of CDR Diversity. Courses used to meet CDR Diversity may also meet CDR Writing, CDR Humanities, or CDR Social Science.
  • Independent study or reading courses and internships cannot be used to satisfy distribution requirements.
  • Courses from interdisciplinary programs will be applied in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department.
College Distribution Requirements
CDR: Written Communication3
Select from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.
CDR: Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences with Lab4
Select from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, physics, and statistics. Must include one lab in the natural or physical sciences. Lab courses may be selected from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, meteorology, and physics.
Some courses from geography and anthropology may also be used to satisfy the lab requirement above. 1
CDR: Humanities3
Select from classics, English, history, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, and religious studies. 2
CDR: Social Science3
Select from anthropology, communication studies, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology. 3
CDR: Human Diversity in U.S. Communities0-3
Select from a set of approved courses as listed in the degree audit.
CDR: Language0-16
Fulfilled by the completion of the 6-credit-hour second-year sequence in a single foreign language in one of the following departments: Classics and religious studies or modern languages and literatures. Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.
A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement, but encouraged to continue on in their language study.
Credit Hours Subtotal: 13-32

Language Requirement

UNL and the College of Arts and Sciences place great value on academic exposure and proficiency in a second language. The UNL entrance requirement of two years of the same foreign language or the College’s language distribution requirement (CDR: Language) will rarely be waived and only with relevant documentation. See the main College of Arts and Sciences page for more details.

Scientific Base - BS Only

The bachelor of science degree requires students to complete 60 hours in mathematical, physical, and natural sciences. Approved courses for scientific base credit come from the following College of Arts and Sciences disciplines: actuarial science, anthropology (selected courses), astronomy, biochemistry (excluding BIOC 101), biological sciences (excluding BIOS 100 or BIOS 203), chemistry (excluding CHEM 101), computer science (excluding CSCE 10), geography (selected courses), geology, life sciences, mathematics (excluding courses below MATH 104), meteorology, microbiology (excluding MBIO 101), and physics.

See your Degree Audit or your assigned academic advisor for a complete list, including individual classes that fall outside of the disciplines listed above. Up to 12 hours of scientific and technical courses offered by other colleges may be accepted toward this requirement with approval of the College of Arts and Sciences. See your assigned academic advisor to start the approval process.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required.

Grade Rules

Restrictions on C- and D Grades

The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other domestic institutions except for UNO and UNK. All courses taken at UNO and UNK impact the UNL transcript. No transfer of C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. No UNL C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. International coursework (including education abroad) with a final grade equivalent to a C- or lower will not be validated by College of Arts and Sciences departments to be degree applicable.

Pass/No Pass Privilege

The College of Arts and Sciences adheres to the University regulations for the Pass/No Pass (P/N) privilege with the following additional regulations:

  • Pass/No Pass hours can count toward fulfillment of University ACE requirements and college distribution requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.
  • Most arts and sciences departments and programs do not allow courses graded Pass/No Pass to apply to the major or minor. Students should refer to the department’s or program’s section of the catalog for clarification. By college rule, departments can allow up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass in the major or minor.
  • Departments may specify that certain courses of theirs can be taken only on a P/N basis.
  • The college will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of P/N grades to be applied toward degree requirements. This total includes all Pass grades earned at UNL and other U.S. schools. NOTE: This 24-hour limit is more restrictive than the University regulation.

Grading Appeals

A student who feels that he/she has been unfairly graded must ordinarily take the following sequential steps in a timely manner, usually by initiating the appeal in the semester following the awarding of the grade:

  1. Talk with the instructor concerned. Most problems are resolved at this point.
  2. Talk to the instructor’s department chairperson.
  3. Take the case to the Grading Appeal Committee of the department concerned. The Committee should be contacted through the department chairperson.
  4. Take the case to the College Grading Appeals Committee by contacting the Dean’s Office, 1223 Oldfather Hall.

Course Level Requirements

Courses Numbered at the 300 or 400 Level

Thirty (30) of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered at the 300 or 400 level. Of those 30 hours, 15 hours (1/2) must be completed in residence at UNL.

Residency Requirement

Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at UNL. Students must complete at least 1/2 of their major coursework, including 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level in their major and 15 of the 30 hours required at the 300 or 400 level, in residence. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement only if students register through UNL.

Catalog to Use

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. Beginning in 1990-1991, the catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of biochemistry will be able to:

  1. Apply the basic principles of the physical sciences to the study of biological systems to explain how organisms consume and convert energy to enable the processes of life.
  2. Attribute the function and regulation of biomolecules to specific macromolecular structures through the use of quantitative and analytical computational techniques.
  3. Explain the flow of information through biological systems and predict the impact of environmental or biological variables on system output.
  4. Analyze, interpret, critique, and communicate data and ideas concerning topics at the forefront of biochemistry.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements

Required Courses
BIOC 101Foundational Concepts & Career Opportunities in Biochemistry1
BIOC 205Scientific Analysis and Technical Writing2
BIOC 431 / BIOS 431 / CHEM 431Biochemistry I: Structure and Metabolism3
BIOC 432 / BIOS 432 / CHEM 432Biochemistry II: Metabolism and Biological Information3
BIOC 433 / BIOS 433 / CHEM 433Biochemistry Laboratory2
BIOC 435Advanced Topics in Biochemistry (ACE 10)3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 14
Total Credit Hours14

Specific Major Requirements

Mathematics and Statistics
MATH 106Calculus I5
MATH 107Calculus II4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Biological/Life Sciences
LIFE 120
LIFE 120L
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
4
LIFE 121
LIFE 121L
Fundamentals of Biology II
and Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory
4
BIOS 206General Genetics4
or AGRO 215 / HORT 215 / TLMT 215 Genetics
BIOS 312Microbiology3
BIOS 314Microbiology Laboratory1
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Chemistry 1
Select one sequence of the following:11-12
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
and Elementary Quantitative Analysis
Fundamental Chemistry I
and Fundamental Chemistry II
and Elementary Quantitative Analysis
Select one sequence of the following:8-10
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
and Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
and Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Select one course of the following:4
Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry I
Credit Hours Subtotal: 23-26
Physics
Select one sequence of the following:10
Elementary General Physics I
and Elementary General Physics II
General Physics I
and General Physics II
and General Physics Laboratory I
and General Physics Laboratory II
Credit Hours Subtotal: 10
Total Credit Hours58-61

NOTE: Within the same subject matter area, students may request a more advanced course be substituted for a required course.

Additional Major Requirements

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or above is required for all courses in the major or minor.

Pass/No Pass

Courses taken Pass/No Pass will not count toward the major or minor.

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

Eighteen (18) credit hours of graded coursework as follows.
 

BIOC 431Biochemistry I: Structure and Metabolism3
BIOC 432Biochemistry II: Metabolism and Biological Information3
BIOS 206General Genetics4
or AGRO 215 / HORT 215 / TLMT 215 Genetics
BIOS 312Microbiology3
BIOS 313Molecular Microbiology Laboratory1-2
or BIOS 314 Microbiology Laboratory
CHEM 252Organic Chemistry II3
or CHEM 262 Organic Chemistry
CHEM 254Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1-2
or CHEM 264 Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Total Credit Hours18

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or above is required for all courses in the major or minor.

Pass/No Pass

Courses taken Pass/No Pass will not count toward the major or minor.

BIOC95
Biochemistry Internship

Prerequisites: Biochemistry Major; Junior or Senior standing; Permission

Permission to enroll will be granted upon review of the proposed internship by the supervising UNL faculty.

Description: Provides an opportunity for a practical experience and career exploration/development in a selected business, industry, agency or educational institution. Activities must include a significant biochemistry and/or computational/systems biology component.

Course details
Credit Hours:0
Max credits per semester:
Max credits per degree:
Grading Option:Pass No Pass

Credit Hours:0

ACE:

BIOC101
Foundational Concepts & Career Opportunities in Biochemistry

Interest in becoming a biochemistry major.

Description: Introduction to the field of biochemistry and exploration of biochemistry related careers.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

BIOC205
Scientific Analysis and Technical Writing

Prerequisites: Biochemistry major or minor. LIFE 120 and CHEM 109 or CHEM 113

BIOC 101 and CHEM 110 suggested to be taken prior to this course or concurrent enrollment.

Description: Data analysis and presentation, hypothesis-driven research execution and various types of scientific writing with detailed examination of high impact biochemistry research literature.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

BIOC305
Reflective Approach to Graduate/Professional School Application

Prerequisites: Biochemistry major; junior standing or senior standing; BIOC 431. Biochemistry minor, with permission.

Letter grade only.

Description: Focuses on preparing students for graduate/professional school application through reflective writing and application specific activities.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

BIOC401
Elements of BiochemistryCrosslisted with BIOC 801

Prerequisites: CHEM 255 (preferred) or CHEM 251; BIOS 101 and BIOS 101L or LIFE 120 and LIFE 120L

Will not count towards a biochemistry major.

Description: Structure and function of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids; enzymes; principal metabolic pathways; and biochemical expression of genetic information.

This course is a prerequisite for: NUTR 450; NUTR 455; VBMS 410

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BIOC401L
Laboratory for Elements of Biochemistry

Prerequisites: Parallel BIOC 321

Description: Laboratory exercises and experiments that complement material covered in BIOC 401.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

BIOC431
Biochemistry I: Structure and MetabolismCrosslisted with BIOC 831, BIOS 431, BIOS 831, CHEM 431, CHEM 831

Prerequisites: LIFE 120 with a grade of C or better; CHEM 252 or CHEM 262 with a grade of C or better.

BIOS 206 or AGRO 215 is recommended.

Description: Structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids; nature of enzymes; major metabolic pathways of catabolism; and biochemical energy production.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BIOC432
Biochemistry II: Metabolism and Biological InformationCrosslisted with BIOC 832, BIOS 432, CHEM 432, CHEM 832, BIOS 832

Prerequisites: BIOC 431/831 with a grade of C or better; BIOS 206 or AGRO 215 with a grade of C or better.

Continuation of BIOC 431/831.

Description: Major metabolic pathways of anabolism, structural and biochemical aspects of biological information flow and use in biotechnology.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BIOC433
Biochemistry LaboratoryCrosslisted with BIOC 833, BIOS 433, BIOS 833, CHEM 433, CHEM 833

Prerequisites: BIOC 431/831 or parallel; or CHEM 435/835.

Description: Introduction to techniques used in biochemical and biotechnology research, including measurement of pH, spectroscopy, analysis of enzymes, chromatography, fractionation of macromolecules, electrophoresis, and centrifugation.

This course is a prerequisite for: BIOC 437, BIOC 837, BIOS 437, BIOS 837; BIOC 898; CHEM 498

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

BIOC433H
Honors: Inquiry-based Biochemistry Laboratory

Prerequisites: BIOS 206, Parallel BIOC 431

Description: A course-based research experience. Hypothesis-driven design of experiments. Data collection and analysis employing techniques used in spectroscopy, bioinformatics, mutagenesis, recombinant DNA, chromatography, enzyme analysis

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BIOC434
Plant BiochemistryCrosslisted with AGRO 434, BIOS 434, CHEM 434, AGRO 834, BIOC 834, BIOS 834, CHEM 834

Prerequisites: BIOC/BIOS/CHEM 431/831.

Description: Biochemical metabolism unique to plants. Relationships of topics previously acquired in general biochemistry to biochemical processes unique to plants. Biochemical mechanisms behind physiological processes discussed in plant or crop physiology.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BIOC435
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry

Prerequisites: BIOC/BIOS/CHEM 432/832 with a grade of C or better

Description: Application of general biochemistry knowledge to current topics in the life sciences; literature research and seminar.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

BIOC437
Research Techniques in BiochemistryCrosslisted with BIOC 837, BIOS 437, BIOS 837

Prerequisites: BIOC/BIOS/CHEM 433/833.

Description: Methods approach to systems biology analysis. Molecular identification and quantification employing techniques such as mass spectrometry, chromatography, electrophoretic fractionation, transcriptomics, protemics and metabolomics. Data and pathway analysis with computational methods.

This course is a prerequisite for: VBMS 919

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

BIOC439
Dynamics of Biochemical and Biological NetworksCrosslisted with BIOC 839, BIOS 439, BIOS 839

Prerequisites: BIOS 206 or AGRO 215; BIOC 401 or BIOC 431

Letter grade only.

Description: To introduce and integrate, students in biochemistry and other life sciences, to the field of computational modeling of biochemical and biological network systems into a seamless curriculum.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BIOC440
Structural Biology and Biophysical Chemistry

Prerequisites: BIOC/BIOS/CHEM 431; MATH 107; PHYS 142 or PHYS 212.

Description: Introduction and development of structural and physical ideas for students interested in addressing biological and biochemical questions through quantitative, analytical, and structure-based approaches.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BIOC442
Computational BiologyCrosslisted with BIOC 842, STAT 842, STAT 442

Prerequisites: Any introductory course in biology, or genetics, or statistics.

Description: Databases, high-throughput biology, literature mining, gene expression, next-generation sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics, system biology and biological networks.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BIOC486
Advanced Topics in Biophysical ChemistryCrosslisted with BIOC 886, BIOS 486, BIOS 886, CHEM 486, CHEM 886

Prerequisites: CHEM 471/871 or CHEM 481/881.

Description: Applications of thermodynamics to biochemical phenomena, optical properties of proteins and polynucleotides, and kinetics of rapid reactions.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BIOC498
Undergraduate Research

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Research on a specific biochemical project under the supervision of a biochemistry faculty member.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

BIOC499H
Honors Thesis

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation. AGRI 299H recommended.

Description: Conduct a scholarly research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.


Biochemistry (B.S.)

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
16 HR TERM 1
BIOC 101 Core Course
complete BIOC 101
1hr
C

Calculus
complete MATH 106
5hr
C
MATH 106 will fulfill the ACE 3 requirement.

General Chemistry
complete either CHEM 109 or CHEM 113
4hr
C
CHEM 109 or CHEM 113 will fulfill the ACE 4 requirement.

ACE 1 Written Texts
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
15 HR TERM 2
LIFE 120 And 120L
4hr
C
LIFE 120 and 120L will fulfill the CDR Math/Sci and CDR Lab requirements.

Calculus
complete MATH 107
4hr
C
MATH 107 will fulfill the CDR F (Additional Breadth) requirement.

General Chemistry
complete either CHEM 110 or CHEM 114
4hr
C

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
15 HR TERM 3
Organic Chem I And Lab
complete 2 from CHEM 251, CHEM 253, CHEM 261, CHEM 263
5hr
C
Complete one set of course and accompanying lab.

LIFE 121 And 121LCritical
4hr
C
LIFE 121 and 121L are ideally completed in the third term of enrollment. They become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 6 Social Sciences
complete 1 from ACE6
3hr

CDR: Writing
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr
Complete an additional course approved as ACE 1.
17 HR TERM 4
BIOC 205 Core Course
complete BIOC 205
2hr
C

Organic Chem II And LabCritical
complete 2 from CHEM 252, CHEM 254, CHEM 262, CHEM 264
5hr
C
Complete either CHEM 252 and 254 OR CHEM 262 and 264. CHEM 252 or 262 is ideally completed in the fourth term of enrollment. It becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fifth term of enrollment.

GeneticsCritical
complete either BIOS 206 or AGRO 215
4hr
C
BIOS 206 or AGRO 215 is ideally completed by the fourth term of enrollment. It becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the sixth term of enrollment.

ACE 2 Communication Skill
complete 1 from ACE2
3hr

CDR: Diversity in the US
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved course related to Diversity in U.S. Communities. See degree audit for choices. This requirement is permitted to overlap with CDR Humanities or CDR Social Science.
16 HR TERM 5
BIOC 431 Core CourseCritical
complete BIOC 431
3hr
C
BIOC 431 is ideally completed in the fifth term of enrollment. It becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the sixth term of enrollment.

BIOC 433 Core Course
complete BIOC 433
2hr
C

Physics
complete 2 from PHYS 141, PHYS 142, PHYS 211
5hr
C
Complete PHYS 141 OR PHYS 211 and 221.

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr

CDR: Social Science
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Social Science discipline: ANTH, COMM, GEOG, NSST, POLS, PSYC, SOCI.
15 HR TERM 6
BIOC 432 Core CourseCritical
complete BIOC 432
3hr
C
BIOC 432 is ideally completed in the sixth term of enrollment. It becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the seventh term of enrollment.

Physics
complete 2 from PHYS 142, PHYS 212, PHYS 222
5hr
C
Complete PHYS 142 OR PHYS 212 and 222.

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course*
4hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
13 HR TERM 7
ChemistryCritical
complete CHEM 221
4hr
C

Microbiology And Lab
complete 2 from BIOS 312, BIOS 313, BIOS 314
5hr
C
Complete BIOS 312 along with either BIOS 313 or 314.

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course*
1hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
13 HR TERM 8
Biochemistry Capstone
complete BIOC 435
3hr
C
BIOC 435 fulfills the ACE 10 requirement.

Physical Chemistry
complete CHEM 471
4hr
C

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course*
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
Graduation Requirements
  1. A minimum 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***
  3. Complete 30 hours in residence at UNL.
    4. Complete 30 hours at the 300 or 400 level.
    5. Complete 60 hours of Scientific-Base courses in the Natural and Mathematical Sciences.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Transferable Skills

  • Read, understand, and critically review scientific information
  • Understand and use proper laboratory and technical skills and instruments
  • Design and implement research experiments
  • Document and replicate processes and procedures
  • Understand fundamental life processes
  • Define problems and identifying causes
  • Demonstrate ethical conduct in research activities
  • Develop and defend evidence based arguments

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Application Scientist, Advanced Analytical Technologies - Ankeny IA
  • Science Writer, LI-COR Biosciences - Lincoln NE
  • Neuromonitoring Technologist, Biotronic Neuronetwork - Columbia MO
  • Lab Technician II, Geneseek - Lincoln NE
  • Research Assistant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Lab Technician I, GeneSeek/Neogen Corporation - Lincoln NE
  • Researcher, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha NE
  • Research Scientist, Vajra Instruments - Lincoln NE
  • Scientist I, Aerotek - Chicago IL
  • Chemical Engineer I, Black & Veatch - Kansas City KS

Internships

  • Advanced Research Intern, Li-COR Biosciences - Lincoln NE
  • Facilities Coordinator, UNL CBA Information Tech Services - Lincoln NE
  • R&D Summer Intern, Estee Lauder Companies - Melville NY
  • Anatomy/Physiology Internship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Associate Management Intern, Cargill - Kansas City, MO
  • Undergrad Student Research Intern, UNL Mid-America Transportation Center - Lincoln NE
  • Intern, Monsanto - Gothenburg NE
  • Construction Management Intern, Nemaha Landscape Construction - Lincoln NE
  • Project Manager Assistant/Engineering Assistant, LI-COR Biosciences - Lincoln NE
  • Undergrad Student Research Intern, UNL Mid America Transportation Center - Lincoln NE

Graduate & Professional Schools

  • College of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha NE
  • Doctor of Dentistry, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Lincoln NE
  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Missouri-Kansas City - Kansas City MO
  • Master of Clinical Perfusion, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha NE
  • Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California-Berkeley - Berkeley CA
  • Ph.D. in Genetics, University of California-San Diego - San Diego CA
  • Juris Doctorate, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law - Fort Worth TX
  • Doctor of Optometry, Southern College of Optometry - Memphis TN
  • Ph.D. Biomedical Science, University of Iowa - Iowa City IA