Central to all natural sciences, biochemistry lies at the intersection of chemistry, biology, genetics, and medicine from which new disciplines have emerged – bioengineering, immunochemistry, and neurochemistry among others.
In recent years the significance of the field has been recognized by the Nobel prizes awarded in chemistry and medicine for major innovations in biochemistry.
We now take for granted the double helix structure of DNA but the work completed in 1953 by James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin is an elegant discovery of information flow from DNA to proteins. While this breakthrough materialized even before Hawaii gained statehood, its impact over the years has been astounding, particularly in molecular biology and genetics.
As potential biochemistry majors, Chaminade will offer you a unique academic setting where biology and chemistry faculty interact regularly initiating novel ideas in active learning, collaborative research with student participation, as well as being always attentive for any feedback from you.
Your faculty will encourage and help you find summer research internship programs both in Hawaii and on the mainland.
A degree in biochemistry is a key to numerous doors: not only will it prepare you for graduate work or a career in the medical field, but it may also offer opportunities in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. It provides a solid foundation for a broad range of other sectors, including government, agriculture, science policy, and law.
Although the biochemistry major was established less than a decade ago, the great majority of our alumni have gone on to further studies such as Ph.D programs in prestigious universities, medical, dental and pharmacy schools. Others have made careers in diagnostic and forensic labs.
Upon completion of the program in Biochemistry, a graduating student will demonstrate the following competencies:
1. An understanding of the scientific method and the ability to design and test a hypothesis
2. The ability to visualize, statistically evaluate, validate and interpret scientific data, and to communicate science effectively both orally and in writing
3. The ability to acquire and comprehend information from published scientific literature and to employ computational resources in the resolution of biological and chemical problems
4. An understanding of the chemical and physical principles that unite all life forms, and of biological organization at the molecular, genetic and epigenetic, cellular, tissue, organ, organism and system levels
5. An understanding of the principles of organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry, with particular relationship to the biochemical processes of living organisms
6. An understanding of the linkage between perturbations in biochemical pathways and the etiology of human disease, and of the potential for chemistry and biochemistry to yield therapeutic approaches
7. An understanding of the entry requirements, career pathways and progression for the major post-graduate fields of research, education and the health professions.
B.S. Biochemistry Degree Requirements
• MA 103 College Algebra
• MA 110 Pre-Calculus
• MA 210 Calculus I
• MA 211 Calculus II
• BI 100 First Year Science Seminar: Science, Society and the Biosphere
• BI 215/L Cellular and Organismal Biology I and Laboratory
• BC 203/L General Chemistry I and Laboratory
• BI 307/L Molecular Biology I Genes and Genetics and Laboratory
• BI 104 Digital Science
• BI 216/L Cellular and Organismal Biology II and Laboratory
• BI 308/L Molecular Biology II Genomics and Epigenomics and Laboratory
• BC/CH 204/L General Chemistry II and Laboratory
• BC/CH 323/L 323 Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory
• BC/CH 324/L 323 Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory
• BC/CH 334/L Analytical Chemistry and Laboratory
• PHY 251/L University Physics I and Laboratory
• PHY 252/L 252 University Physics II and Laboratory
• BI 300 Science Writing
• BI 302 Science Writing – Bioethics and Professional Conduct
• BC/CH 360/L 360 Biochemistry I and Laboratory
• BC/CH 362/L 362 Biochemistry II and Laboratory
• BI 320/L Developmental Biology and Laboratory
• BI 410/L Advanced Human Physiology I Metabolism and Nutrition and Laboratory
• BI 420 Systems Biology
• BI/BC 495 Research I
• BC/CH 420 Systems Biology
• BC/CH 430L Microbiology and Laboratory
• BC/CH 490 Senior Seminar
Upper Division Electives (choose two):
• CH 403 Inorganic Chemistry
• CH 440 Natural Product Chemistry (with or without CH 440L)
• CH 447 Pharmacology
• BI 321/L Advanced Human and Comparative Anatomy and Laboratory
• BI 411/L Advanced Human Physiology II – Neurophysiology and Laboratory
• BI 430 Microbiology
• BI 435 Cancer Biology
Recommendations for upper division outside the major (UDOM) requirement: 400 level ENV courses are recommended for Biochemistry majors to consider as fulfilling this requirement. Students should discuss with their Program Advisor the choice of their UDOM and Interdisciplinary courses.
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