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 (CHM 1151/1103 and CHM 1152/1104)
  • 1 semester of Bioanalytical Chemistry w/lab (CHM 3514/3503)
  • 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry w/lab (CHM 2211/2201, CHM 2212/2202)
  • 1 semester of Biophysical Chemistry (CHM 3417)
  • 3 semesters of Biochemistry (two w/lab) (CHM 4621/4622/4623 and CHM 4603/4604)
  • 1 elective Chemistry course
  • 1 Professional Development Seminar (CHM 1000)
  • 1 semester of General Biology w/lab (BIO 2105)
  • 1 semester of Genetics (BIO 3351)
  • 1 semester of Molecular Biology w/lab (BIO 4505)
  • 1 elective Biology course  
  • In addition, 2 semesters of Physics w/lab (PHY 2410/2411 and PHY 2412/2413 or PHY 1100/1101 and PHY 1102/1103) and 2 semesters of Calculus (MAT 1500/1505) are required for the degree.

Approved electives and allowed substitutions are specified on the Curriculum page.   

For graduation you will need 39 credit hours of required Core Curriculum courses for the college of Arts and Sciences.  You will also need 27 credits of free electives in any area of your choosing. As part of the Core Curriculum, 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 diversity requirements along with the course requirements.  When choosing an advanced liberal arts course, care must be exercised to select courses that fulfill these diversity requirements.

The Master Schedule that you will receive prior to registration denotes all the courses that fulfill these secondary requirements. A complete presentation of the degree requirements is found in the Enchiridion.


Villanova Biochemistry at a Glance

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Degrees Offered: BS

Core Faculty: 14

Undergraduate Majors: 100 (each incoming class has approximately 25 students)

Equipment: Complete array of modern instrumentation.

Building:  Mendel Science Center