Chemistry Major: Chemical Biology Option (B.S.)

Chemical Biology is the interdisciplinary study of the chemicals and chemical reactions involved in biological processes, incorporating the disciplines of chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, and pharmacology. In contrast to biochemistry which is the study of biomolecules within and between cells, chemical biology is concerned with using chemical principles to probe, manipulate, and control biological systems in vitro and in vivo. 

The Chemical Biology major option will prepare students for a world where molecular behavior and design are increasingly important for drug design, tissue engineering, biologically based materials, and agriculture. The program also is excellent foundation for pre-professional (e.g. pre-med, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy) students. 

The option is available as a set of electives drawn from current course offerings in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biomedical Science, and Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cellular Biology. This BS degree option fulfils the requirements for certification by the American Chemical Society.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: No

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

Chemistry Core Courses
CHEM 400Freshman Seminar1
CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
CHEM 404General Chemistry II4
CHEM 547
CHEM 549
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 548
CHEM 550
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 517Introduction to Chemical Measurement Science3
CHEM 574Chemistry Across the Periodic Table4
CHEM 683Physical Chemistry I3
or CHEM 684 Physical Chemistry II
Advanced Chemistry Labs
Select two courses from the following:4
Experimental Inorganic Chemistry
Practical Chemical Measurement Techniques and Instrumentation
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Math and Physics Core Courses
MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 426Calculus II4
PHYS 407General Physics I4
PHYS 408General Physics II4
Chemical Biology Option Requirements
BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular4
BMCB 751Principles of Biochemistry I4
BMCB 752Principles of Biochemistry II4
CHEM 740Chemical Biology3
CHEM 741Chemical Biology Laboratory4
Chemical Biology Electives
Select three courses from the following for a minimum of 10 credits:
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I4
or MATH 644 Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
BMCB 605Principles of Cell Biology4
BMCB #750Physical Biochemistry3
BMCB 760Pharmacology4
BMCB 763Biochemistry of Cancer4
BMCB 794Protein Structure and Function4
BMCB 755Protein Biochemistry Laboratory5
BMCB 754Molecular Biology Research Methods5
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
CHEM 708Spectroscopic Investigations of Organic Molecules3
CHEM 755Advanced Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 777Advanced Synthesis and Characterization3
CHEM 762
CHEM 763
Advanced Chemical Analysis Instrumentation
and Advanced Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory
CHEM 684Physical Chemistry II3
CHBE 766Biomaterials4
CHBE 761Biochemical Engineering4
CHBE 725Cell Phenotyping and Tissue Engineering Laboratory4
CHEM 798Senior Seminar1
CHEM 799Senior Thesis8
or BMCB 795 Investigations in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Sample Degree Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CHEM 400 Freshman Seminar 1
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
MATH 425 Calculus I 4
Discovery Course 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4
Second Year
CHEM 547
CHEM 549
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 517
CHEM 518
Introduction to Chemical Measurement Science
and Practical Chemical Measurement Techniques and Instrumentation
PHYS 407 General Physics I 4
CHEM 548
CHEM 550
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 574
CHEM 576
Chemistry Across the Periodic Table
and Experimental Inorganic Chemistry
PHYS 408 General Physics II 4
Third Year
CHEM 683 Physical Chemistry I 3
BMCB 751 Principles of Biochemistry I 4
CHEM 740 Chemical Biology 3
Discovery Course 4
CHEM 741 Chemical Biology Laboratory 4
BMCB 752 Principles of Biochemistry II 4
Chemical Biology Elective 3-5
Chemical Biology Elective 3-5
Fourth Year
CHEM 799
Senior Thesis
or Investigations in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Discovery Course 4
Discovery or Elective Course 3-5
Chemical Biology Elective 3-5
CHEM 799
Senior Thesis
or Investigations in Molecular and Cellular Biology
CHEM 798 Senior Seminar 1
Elective or Discovery Course 3-5
Elective or Discovery Course 3-5
 Total Credits111-123
  • Recognize that matter consists of atoms that have internal structures that dictate their chemical and physical behavior
  • Recognize that atoms interact via electrostatic forces to form chemical bonds
  • Recognize that chemical compounds have geometric structures that influence their chemical and physical behaviors
  • Recognize that intermolecular forces—electrostatic forces between molecules—dictate the physical behavior of matter
  • Recognize that matter changes, forming products that have new chemical and physical properties
  • Recognize that energy is the key currency of chemical reactions in molecular scale systems as well as macroscopic systems
  • Recognize that chemical changes have a time scale over which they occur
  • Recognize that all chemical changes are, in principle, reversible, and chemical processes often reach a state of dynamic equilibrium
  • Recognize that chemistry is generally advanced via experimental observations
  • Recognize that chemistry constructs meaning interchangeably at the particulate and macroscopic levels.
  • Employ the concept of chemical identity (how do we identify chemical substances?)
  • Employ structure-property relationships (how do we predict the properties of materials?)
  • Employ chemical causality (why do chemical processes occur?)
  • Employ chemical mechanism (how do chemical processes occur?)
  • Employ chemical control (how can we control chemical processes?)
  • Employ benefits-costs-risks (how do we evaluate the impacts of chemically transforming matter?)
  • Demonstrate ability to ask questions
  • Develop and use models
  • Construct explanations
  • Plan and carry out investigations
  • Engage in argument from evidence
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Demonstrate mathematical and computational thinking
  • Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information