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Biochemistry, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (QS) Northampton, MA, United States
Because biochemistry builds on the fundamentals of both biology and chemistry, students who major in biochemistry begin by taking introductory courses in both of these fields. Biochemistry follows in either your second or third year, along with additional courses in cell biology, physiology, molecular biology and physical chemistry. More specialized courses can be selected according to students' individual interests.
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All graduating biochemistry majors should be able to:

  • Summarize, explain and critically evaluate published scientific literature. This includes being able to identify the “big picture” ideas, what was known in the field prior to the work being described, and what new information the experiments contribute to the field.
  • Write and orally present biochemical content clearly.
  • Interpret and analyze data, employing rigorous quantitative skills when necessary.
  • Describe the process of scientific research. Be able to recognize and implement critical elements of experimental design (such as proper control experiments), recognize what conclusions can (and cannot) be reasonably be drawn from a given set of experimental results, and understand how to conduct research responsibly.
  • Locate and use valid, peer-reviewed sources when doing research.
  • Demonstrate a command of essential biochemistry content including knowledge of:
    • The structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids
    • Enzyme kinetics and inhibition
    • Metabolic pathways, including their chemical reactions, regulation and energetic driving forces
    • Replication, transcription, translation, gene expression and DNA repair mechanisms
    • The different levels of biological organization from single cells to whole organisms
    • How to carry out and explain the basis of important biochemical techniques

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • BCH 252 Biochemistry I: Biochemical Structure and Function
  • BCH 253 Biochemistry I Laboratory
  • BCH 352 Biochemistry II: Biochemical Dynamics
  • BCH 353 Biochemistry II Laboratory
  • BCH 380 Seminar: Topics in Biochemistry
  • BCH 390 Biochemical Research Using Advanced Techniques
  • BIO 150 Cells, Physiology and Development
  • BIO 151 Cells, Physiology and Development Laboratory
  • BIO 200 Animal Physiology
  • BIO 201 Animal Physiology Laboratory
  • BIO 202 Cell Biology
  • BIO 205 Microbiology Laboratory
  • BIO 206 Plant Physiology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

Smith uses the Common Application exclusively and there is no application fee.Required application materials:

  • Smith Writing Supplement
  • Secondary School Report, including official high school transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • International students who are attending high school in the U.S. must submit SAT I or ACT scores
  • Teacher Evaluation Forms (2)
  • Midyear Report
  • Early Decision Agreement (if applicable)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    69064 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 69064 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    69064 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 69064 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Northampton

  • 1156 - 2400 USD/month
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