Requirements for BS in Biochemistry

The B.S. degree in Biochemistry is a truly interdisciplinary degree requiring extensive study in Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Biology. At the same time, an effort has been made to keep some flexibility in the program. A variety of different introductory courses are acceptable towards the degree, allowing interested students to approach the degree with different backgrounds and interests. Villanova is proud of its history of being a university with a strong liberal arts program. This program ensures that all students, regardless of major, receive a well-rounded education.

Degree Requirements

  • 2 semesters of General Chemistry w/lab
  • 1 semester of Instrumental Chemistry w/lab
  • 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry w/lab
  • 1 semester of Physical Chemistry
  • 3 semesters of Biochemistry (two w/lab)
  • 1 elective chemistry course
  • 1 semester of General Biology w/lab
  • 1 semester of Genetics
  • 1 semester of Molecular Biology w/lab
  • 1 elective Biology course w/lab
  • In addition, 2 semesters of Physics w/lab and 2 semesters of Calculus are required for the degree.

For graduation you will need 51 credit hours of liberal arts courses. One year of a foreign language at the intermediate level is required. It is also possible to take two semesters of an intensive language course in Chinese, Japanese, Arabic or ancient Greek.

This intensive language option requires that you take two 6 credit courses. In addition, there are distribution (secondary) requirements along with the course requirements; i.e., writing intensive, writing enriched, diversity and integrative sequence. When choosing an advanced liberal arts course, care must be exercised to select courses that fulfill these distribution requirements.

The Master Schedule that you will receive prior to registration denotes all the courses that fulfill these secondary requirements. For example, Chemistry Research (CHM 4801, 4802, 4803) and Biochemistry Laboratory (CHM 4603) are writing enriched courses. Women in Literature (ENG 2300) satisfies the advanced requirement in English, is writing enriched and also fulfills a diversity requirement. A complete presentation of these distribution requirements is in the Enchiridion.

Villanova Liberal Arts

Villanova is proud of its history of being a university with a strong liberal arts program. This program ensures that all students, regardless of major, receive a well-rounded education.