Sample Curriculum

Listed below are science courses either required or appropriate as electives for undergraduate Biochemistry majors. In some departments, courses are offered only once a year, or only once every other year; the pattern of past offering may indicate likely future availability, but check with your advisor for current information about specific courses. Biology and Chemistry courses numbered 7000 and higher can be taken by qualified undergraduates. Consult with your advisor about requirements and procedures.

Freshmen Year

First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM 1151 - General Chemistry I / CHM 1103 - General Chemistry Lab I 5 CHM 1152 - General Chemistry II / CHM 1104 - General Chemistry Lab II 5
BIO 2105 - General Biology I 4 BIO 3351 - Genetics 4
MAT 1500 - Calculus I 4 MAT 1505 - Calculus II 4
Foreign Language (intermediate) 3 Foreign Language (intermediate) 3
ACS 1000 - Traditions in Conversation 3 ACS 1001 - Modernity & Its Discontents 3
Total Credits 19 Total Credits 19

Sophmore Year

First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM 2211 - Organic Chemistry I / CHM 2201 - Organic Chemistry Lab I 5 CHM 2212 - Organic Chemistry II / CHM 2202 - Organic Chemistry Lab II 5
CHM 3514 - Bioanalytical Chemistry / CHM 3503 - Bioanalytical Chem Lab 4 CHM 4621 - Biochemistry I: Structure 3
PHY 2410 - University Phy: Mechanics / PHY 2411 Lab: Mechanics
4 PHY 2412 - Univ Physics: Elec & Mag / PHY 2413 Lab: Elec & Magnetism
A&S Core Requirements/Electives 6 A&S Core Requirements/Electives 6
Total Credits 19 Total Credits 18

Junior Year

First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM 4622 - Biochemistry II: Metabolism 3 CHM 1000 - Profesl Development Sem 1
CHM 4603 - Biochem Tech. and Pract. 2 BIO 4505 - Molecular Biology 4
CHM 3417 - Biophysical Chemistry 3    
A&S Core Requirements/Electives 9 A&S Core Requirements/Electives 12
Total Credits 17 Total Credits 17

Senior Year

First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM elective (upper)‡ 3 CHM 4623 - Biochemistry III 3
BIO elective (upper)‡ 4 A&S Core Requirements/Electives 12
A&S Core Requirements/Electives 9    
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 15

* In order to fulfill the requirements for an ACS certified degree, enough laboratory work must be performed to bring the total amount of time in the laboratory for the four years to 500 hours. The core chemistry courses yield 336 hours of laboratory work. Therefore students must take a semester of Undergraduate Research plus the Biochemistry Laboratory or the Organic Analysis Laboratory or they must take two semesters of Undergraduate Research.

Villanova Chemistry at a Glance:

Degrees Offered: B.S., M.S.
Full Time Faculty: 25
Undergraduate Majors: 85
Graduate Students: 25
Equipment: an array of modern instrumentation for conducting research and instructional facilities
Building: Mendel Science Center houses research and instructional facilities for 6 scientific departments, including 17 chemistry research labs

Directions to Mendel Science Center

Software and Databases

ChemWatch is an MSDS database.
access ChemWatch (from campus)

access ChemWatch advanced functions page (login required)

Contact Eric Welsh for more information.

ChemTracker is a chemical inventory database.  Click here to obtain a username and password.  Your Villanova account login information is required.
Contact Dr. Kurchan for more information.

The Department of Chemistry has a site license for ChemDoodle, available for both Windows and Mac.
NOTE: You need to use your Villanova email address to start the process of obtaining the software.

Spartan P-Chem
The Department of Chemistry has a 15- concurrent user license for Spartan P-Chem. Please note this software is only available for Windows.
NOTE: You must be connected to the campus network in order to run the software.