The mission of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Program at the University of Rio Grande is to provide a stimulating and positive environment for the discovery, integration, and communication of chemistry and biology. Whether a career in the chemical or biochemical sciences is desired or the pursuit of graduate or professional studies is preferred, students are prepared for future endeavors by rigorous intellectual stimulation, the development of practical laboratory skills, and the provision of opportunities for scholarly research. This environment of intellectual inquiry and professional growth is supported by the faculty’s commitment to teaching, research, and service, and is underscored by following the guidelines of the American Chemical Society as well as the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Also this program complements the mission of the University, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Natural & Social Sciences by contributing to the scientific and technological literacy, critical thinking skills and informed decision-making abilities of students from all fields and from all walks of life.
The successful student is able to:
- Demonstrate problem-solving skills to provide solutions to theoretical and experimental problems in biochemistry.
- Apply the fundamental concepts of the foundational concepts of biochemistry: energy & matter transformation, macromolecular structure & function, and biological information.
- Utilize various measuring techniques in the laboratory to perform accurate and precise quantitative measurements.
- Effectively interpret and communicate experimental results.
- Utilize computers to support the learning and practice of biochemistry (data acquisition and analysis, access to information, preparation of reports, and molecular modeling and bioinformatics).
- Explain the relevance of chemistry and biochemistry to other fields and society.
- Demonstrate scientific literacy and professional ethics.
The Kidd Math/Science Center opened in 1985. With an award-winning masonry design, the center’s front doors open to a glass atrium with live plants & a trickling pond. A spacious lobby follows with comfortable studying facilities. The center houses three large chemistry labs, three biology labs, one physics lab, one computer lab, lecture rooms, faculty offices and a large bent glass greenhouse that enhances the view of campus. McKenzie Hall opened in 1997, and it provides math/science students, along with the nursing students, two large lecture halls, a variety of lecture rooms, an anatomy lab, three computer labs, faculty offices and a conference room with a beautiful view of campus and the surrounding landscape.
Bachelor of Science – Biochemistry (2351)
|BIO 12104 Biology I||4|
|COM 11103 (TM) Fundamentals of Speech Communication||3|
|HPE 10101 Human Wellness and Physical Fitness||1|
|HPE Activity Course||1|
|Major Area required hours||29-34|
|BIO 30304 Microbiology||4|
|BIO 34403 Intro to Biochemistry||3|
|BIO 34403 Introduction to Biochemistry||3|
|BIO 34501 Biochemistry Laboratory||1|
|BIO 36404 Genetics||4|
|BIO 37303 Cellular and Molecular Biology||3|
|BIO 44403 Advanced Biochemistry||3|
|BIO 48101-04 Senior Research I||1-4|
|BIO 48202-04 Senior Research II||2-4|
|CHM 33105 Analytical Chemistry||5|
|CHM 40203 Introduction to Physical Chemistry||3|
|Personal elective hours||12-13|
|Total required hours for degree||120|
Associate of Science – Chemistry (2421)
|General Education (must include)||38|
|ENG 11103 (TM) Composition I||3|
|ENG 11203 (TM) Composition II||3|
|Arts & Humanities Group II Course||3|
|Arts & Humanities Group III Course||3|
|Social Sciences Group I Course||3|
|Social Sciences Group II Course||3|
|LA 10001 Gateway to Success||1|
|CHM 15005 (TAG) General Chemistry I||5|
|CHM 15505 (TAG) General Chemistry II||5|
|MTH 15105 (TM) Calculus I||5|
|MTH 15204 Calculus II||4|
|Major Area required hours||24|
|BIO 12204 Biology II||4|
|CHM 26202 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Laboratory I||2|
|CHM 26303 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Theory I||3|
|CHM 27202 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Laboratory II||2|
|CHM 27303 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Theory II||3|
|PHY 17505 General Physics I with Algebra or PHY 20505 General Physics I with Calculus||5|
|PHY 18505 General Physics II with Algebra or PHY 21505 General Physics II with Calculus||5|
|Total required hours for degree||62|