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TAS: Biochemistry (B.S.)


Convener: Faculty:
William Mitchell Stephen Anderson
Paramjeet Bagga
Anita J. Brandolini
Arthur Felix
Carol Frishberg
Seung-Sup Kim
Robert Mentore
Thomas Owen
Robert Shine
Ash Stuart


About the Major

Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary field concerned with the chemical composition, structure, and molecular functions of living organisms. Knowledge derived from the disciplines of chemistry, physics, and biology is used to understand the processes that operate in cells and organisms, including their metabolism and regulation. Biochemistry attempts to understand the uniqueness of complex evolving living systems; how living organisms harvest energy from their environment to produce and maintain their complexity; and how these structures replicate themselves. The knowledge garnered from biochemical research has been applied to solve problems in areas ranging from agriculture to medicine. Specific areas of biochemistry include principles of protein structure (amino acid chemistry, peptide and protein structure and protein folding), enzymes (mechanisms, enzyme kinetics and inhibition), nucleic acids (nucleotides and nucleic acid chemistry, DNA sequencing, protein and genetic engineering) and metabolism (carbohydrate structure, glucose catabolism, citric acid cycle).

A bachelor's degree in biochemistry provides the essential background and training that can open a variety of career pathways for students upon graduation. The biochemistry major is excellent preparation for professional studies in the health sciences; for secondary school teaching in the biological and physical sciences; for research in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry; for technical writing, sales, and service; and as the basis for graduate studies. The combination of chemistry, molecular biology, enzymology, and genetic engineering found in biochemistry provides the foundation to contribute to the rapidly expanding field of biotechnology.

At the end of their studies at Ramapo, graduating Biochemistry majors should:

  • have a general knowledge of the basic area of biochemistry and have the ability to apply it in a problem-solving environment; be proficient in basic chemical, biochemical, and physical laboratory skills
  • have conducted a research project as part of an upper level course or as a participant in active, individual laboratory research within the college or appropriate cooperative education assignment
  • have the ability to communicate scientific information clearly and precisely, both orally and in writing
  • have an understanding of the principles and applications of modern instrumentation, computation, experimental design, and data analysis
  • have the ability to formulate and carry out strategies for solving scientific problems

Ramapo has modern laboratories for chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and physics that are utilized in the major. There are opportunities for students to do research with faculty and for experiential learning through cooperative education in nearby industry. The program is supported by computer labs that are available for student use to supplement the instruction in the lecture and laboratories. The major in Biochemistry is offered by the School of Theoretical and Applied Science and leads to a B.S. degree.

Requirements of the Major

  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a [W] below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.

  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
INTD 101 [W] FIRST YEAR SEMINAR
ENGL 180 COLLEGE ENGLISH
SELECT ONE  
BADM 115 [W] PERSPECTIVES OF BUSINESS AND SOCIETY OR
SOSC 101 [W] SOCIAL ISSUES
SELECT ONE [W] GE-HISTORY CATEGORY: HIST 101-110
AIID 201 [W] READINGS IN HUMANITIES
SELECT ONE GE-INTERCULTURAL NORTH AMERICA CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES CATEGORY
SELECT ONE [W] GE-TOPICS ARTS AND HUMANITIES CATEGORY OR
  [W] GE-TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE CATEGORY
SCHOOL OF THEORETICAL AND APPLIED SCIENCE REQUIREMENT
SELECT ONE Science In Cultural Perspective course:
AMER 307 TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE IN AMERICA
ANTH 307 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
CNTP 315 ART AND TECHNOLOGY
ENST 215 ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY
ENST 223 ENERGY AND SOCIETY
ENST 305 ECOLOGY, ECONOMICS AND ETHICS
ENST 312 ECOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ENST 317 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND REGULATION
HIST 396 HISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC IDEAS
INFO 315 COMPUTER LAW AND ETHICS
MATH 441 HISTORY OF MATH
MGMT 324 INVENTION FOR MANAGERS AND SCIENTISTS
PHIL 328 BIO-ETHICS
POLI 328 LAW AND POLITICS INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT
PSYC 306 ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES
PSYC 413 PHILOSOPHICAL ROOTS OF PSYCH
PSYC 423 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY
SCIN 210 SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
SCIN 230 COMPUTERS AND SOCIETY
SCIN 235 HISTORICAL TRENDS IN NURSING
SCIN 343 SCIENCE AND RELIGION
SCIN 405 FEMINIST SCIENCE FICTION
SCIN 425 SCIENCE AND LITERATURE
SCIN 434 WOMEN AND SCIENCE
SCIN 481 SCIENCE LAW AND FEMINISM
SCIN 489 SCIENCE AND LAW
SOCI 306 ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
SOCI 330 SCIENCE IN A MULTICULTURAL WORLD
BIOCHEMISTRY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
BIOL 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I LECTURE/ LAB
BIOL 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY II LECTURE/LAB
CHEM 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I LECTURE/ LAB
CHEM 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II LECTURE/ LAB
PHYS 114 PHYSICS I WITH CALCULUS LECTURE/LAB
PHYS 115 PHYSICS II WITH CALCULUS LECTURE/LAB
CHEM 210 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LECTURE/LAB
CHEM 212 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LECTURE/LAB
MATH 121 CALCULUS I
MATH 122 CALCULUS II
BIOL 331 GENETICS LECTURE/ LAB
CHEM 323 ANALYTIC CHEMISTRY LECTURE/LAB
BIOL 406 CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LECTURE/LAB
CHEM 340 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I LECTURE/LAB
CHEM 426 EXPERIMENTAL BIOCHEMISTRY LECTURE/ LAB
CHEM 446 ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY
  Recommended elective:
CHEM 445 MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY OR
CHEM 448 CHEMICAL RESEARCH OR
CHEM 450 SPECIAL TOPICS

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.


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