Biochemistry

Course Overview

Chemistry is often referred to as the “central science” because of its pivotal role in all sciences dealing with matter, including biology, geology, physics, psychology, engineering, and medicine. As a Chemistry student, you’ll get a fundamental understanding of the structure, transformation, and uses of matter at the molecular level, as well as experimental and theoretical methods of research. As a Biochemistry student, you’ll explore the chemistry of living systems, and the experimental techniques used to understand them, as you prepare for medical or dental school, graduate study, or a career.

  • Get a big reaction from faculty-directed research projects that help you learn to analyze data and create new chemical knowledge.
  • Take practical classes that demonstrate the key relationship chemistry has with other natural sciences, and explore applications of chemistry in medicine, engineering, business, and law.
  • Intern with local companies or industrial and government research labs like the National Institutes of Health. Study abroad in Peru or England.
  • Get laboratory experience with modern equipment that allows you to solve complex technical problems.

Course Examples by Year

Biochemistry

Fr

General Chemistry
General Biology

So

Organic Chemistry
Cellular, Molecular & Developmental Biology
Physics I and II

Jr

Biochemistry
Physical Chemistry
Molecular Biology of Eukaryotes

Sr

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Chemistry Seminar
Biochemistry Research

Chemistry

Fr

General Chemistry

So

Organic Chemistry
Physics I and II

Jr

Physical Chemistry
Chemistry Seminar
Quantitative Analysis
Chemical Research

Sr

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Physical Chemistry
Biochemistry
Chemical Research

Where Graduates Go

In addition to technical positions in industrial or governmental research labs, many Chemistry graduates pursue advanced study in chemistry, medicine, law, journalism, and business. While some Biochemistry graduates take top entry-level jobs, most grads enter medical or dental school. TCU’s best Biochemistry students often enter prestigious M.D./Ph.D. programs like Duke or Stanford, with the long-term goal of doing biomedical research in a medical school setting.