Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

The B.Sc. in Biochemistry program provides students with a strong foundation in all areas of chemistry, with emphasis on biochemistry. Students also develop a good background in the related areas of molecular biology and microbiology. Students develop practical skills through laboratory courses utilizing state of the art equipment and internship training. Students also gain strong IT and communication skills and have the opportunity to become involved in biochemistry research. Graduates of the program are well prepared to take up positions in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries or pursue further studies at the graduate level.

Program Objectives

  • To provide students with a strong foundation in chemistry and biochemistry.
  • To develop students’ transferable skills in areas such as communication and teamwork.
  • To train students to use modern lab techniques safely and effectively.
  • To develop students’ appreciation of the role of biochemistry and scientific research in modern life.
  • To prepare students for a successful career or further studies in chemistry and biochemistry.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of major concepts, theoretical principles and experimental findings in chemistry, biochemistry and biology.
  • Conduct biochemistry laboratory experiments and analyze results.
  • Retrieve and use chemical and biochemical information from scientific literature.
  • Solve practical and theoretical problems in biochemistry and demonstrate critical thinking.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Work effectively independently and in teams
  • Conform to safety, ethical and professional standards of chemistry and biochemistry.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 120 hours

General Education (Req. CH:39)

Cluster 1: Values to Live by - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PHI121Fundamentals of Environmental Ethics3.000
PHI122International Ethics3.000
PHI226Human Rights Theory3.000
PHIL120Principles of Professional Ethics3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU102Introduction to Academic English For Science3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Information Literacy (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEIL101Information Literacy3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS110Scientific Research Skills3.000
CSBP119Algorithms and Problem Solving3.000
PSY105Creative & Innovative Thinking Skills3.000
PHI180Critical Thinking  13.000
1 : IBLC - Inquiry based learning courses must be taken within first 30 credit hours

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities/Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History3.000
HSR120Introduction to Heritage & Culture3.000
HSR130Introduction to Language & Communication3.000
LIT150Introduction to Literature3.000
LNG100Introduction to Linguistics3.000
LNG110Language, Society & Culture3.000
MSC200Introduction to Mass Media3.000
MSC240World and Arab Media3.000
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3.000
PHI270Philosophy of Education3.000
PHI271History and Philosophy of Science3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB210Introduction to Agribusiness3.000
ECON110Principles of Economics3.000
HSR140Introduction to Society & Behavior3.000
HSR150Introduction to Government Policy & Urban Structures3.000
PSY100Introduction to Psychology3.000
SWK200Introduction to Social Welfare3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB360Global Agri-food Trade3.000
ARCH346Contemporary World Architecture3.000
BIOE240Principles of Environmental Science3.000
GEO200World Regional Geography3.000
HIS120Arab & Islamic Civilization3.000
HIS121World History: Origins to 15003.000
HIS125Contemporary Civilization3.000
PSG250Principles of International Relations 3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MATH105Calculus I  23.000
2 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM111General Chemistry I3.000
PHYS105General Physics I  33.000
3 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BCHM345Experimental Biochemistry1.000
BCHM471Protein Structure and Function  42.000
4 : Also counts towards the Major


Biochemistry Major

Required Courses (45.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BCHM362Biochemistry II3.000
BCHM481Special Topics Biochemistry I2.000
BCHM482Special Topics Biochemistry II2.000
BIOC230General Microbiology3.000
BIOL270General Genetics2.000
BIOM399Molecular Biology2.000
BIOM489Molecular Biology Techniques1.000
CHEM112General Chemistry II2.000
CHEM115General Chemistry Lab1.000
CHEM211Professional & Transferable Skills1.000
CHEM221Analytical Chemistry3.000
CHEM231Inorganic Chemistry I3.000
CHEM241Organic Chemistry I3.000
CHEM242Organic Chemistry II3.000
CHEM245Organic Chemistry Lab I1.000
CHEM251Physical Chemistry I3.000
CHEM355Physical Chemistry Lab I1.000

Supporting Required Courses Non-Biochemistry (15.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOC100Basic Biology I3.000
ENG310Writing for Research3.000
CSBP112Introduction To Programming3.000
MATH110Calculus II3.000
PHYS110General Physics II3.000

Elective Courses - Upon the approval of the Department, the student may select a total of 18 Credit Hours from a specific minor. (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Free Elective (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours