Phone: 320.308.2039
Email: biology@maricopa.edu
Website: https://www.gatewaycc.edu/biology

Description

The Department of Chemistry, in conjunction with the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BCMB) in the Division of the Biological Sciences, offers a BS degree in Biological Chemistry. The program is designed to prepare students to enter a variety of interdisciplinary fields in biochemical and biophysical sciences. Undergraduate research is strongly encouraged. By combining resources of both departments, students in this program are given the opportunity to study chemistry and physics of macromolecules, mechanisms of actions of enzymes and hormones, molecular and cellular biology, biotechnology, and other related fields.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will understand the core concepts of Biological Chemistry:

    • Evolution

    • Cellular Structure & Function

    • Information Transfer & Gene Expression

    • Energy Transformation

    • Systems & Organismal Biology

  • Students will apply the process of science through observation, experimentation and hypothesis testing.

  • Students will be able to use quantitative reasoning in the analysis of dynamic biological systems

  • Students will use bioinformatics and databases to study biological processes.

  • Students will understand and practice the ethics surrounding scientific research.

Career Outcomes

Successful completion of the Biology program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated National annual median wages in the United States in 2020. Some occupations may require additional education or training.

CAREER

ANNUAL SALARY

4-YEAR EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

Dentist

$166,294

11.2% Increase

Biological Technician

$34,850

16.0% Increase

Optometrist

$124,630

13.4% Increase

Pharmacist

$126,675

8.2% Increase

Physician Assistant

$108,026

34.1% Increase

Podiatrist

$116,191

8.1% Increase

Veterinarian

$94,738

27.9% Increase

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed.

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Sample Course Plan

FRESHMAN YEAR

CREDITS

FALL

SPRING

BCH 194 - Seminar/Workshop

1

 

Please take one of the following:

4

 

CHMY 141 - College Chemistry I
or CHMY 151 - Honors College Chemistry I

STAT 216Q - Introduction to Statistics

3

 

University Core and Electives

7

 

Please take one of the following:

 

4

CHMY 143 - College Chemistry II
or CHMY 153 - Honors College Chemistry II

M 161Q - Survey of Calculus1
or M 171Q - Calculus I

 

4

PHSX 205 - College Physics I
or PHSX 220 - Physics I with Calculus

 

4

University Core and Electives

 

3

Year Total:

15

15

SOPHOMORE YEAR

CREDITS

FALL

SPRING

Please take one of the following:

4

 

CHMY 321 - Organic Chemistry I
or CHMY 331 - Honors Organic Chemistry I

Please take one of the following:

PHSX 207 - College Physics II
or PHSX 222 - Physics II with Calculus

4

 

University Core and Electives

6

 

BCH 294 - Seminar/Workshop

 

1

BIOB 260 - Cellular and Molecular Biology

 

4

CHMY 311 - Fundamental Analytical Chem6

 

4

Please take one of the following:

 

4

CHMY 323 - Organic Chemistry II
or CHMY 333 - Honors Organic Chemistry II

University Core and Electives

 

3

Year Total:

14

16

JUNIOR YEAR

CREDITS

FALL

SPRING

Please take one of the following sequences:

5-7

 

CHMY 361 - Elements of Physical Chemistry
CHMY 362 - Elements of Physical Chemistry Lab

OR

CHMY 371 - Physical Chemistry-Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy I
CHMY 372 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
CHMY 373 - Physical Chemistry - Kinetics and Thermodynamics

BCH 394 - Seminar/Workshop

1

 

BCH 441 - Biochemistry of Macromolecules

3

 

BCH 490R - Undergraduate Research

3

 

Physical and Biological Science Electives

3

 

CHMY 490R - Undergraduate Research

 

3

BCH 442 - Metabolic Regulation

 

3

BCH 444R - Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Methods

 

3

Physical and Biological Science Electives

 

3

University Core and Electives

 

3

Year Total:

15-17

15

SENIOR YEAR

CREDITS

FALL

SPRING

Physical and Biological Science Electives

6

 

University Core and Electives

9

 

BCH 494 - Seminar/Workshop

 

1

BCH 499 - Senior Thesis/Capstone

 

(1)

Physical and Biological Science Electives

 

6

University Core and Electives

 

7 or 8

Year Total:

15

14-15

Total Program Credits:

120