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BS Biological Chemistry

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

76000 USD
76000 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Department of Chemistry
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)35
SAT (avg)600
ACT (avg)1500

World University Ranking

About this course

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.

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Eligibility Criteria

The documents necessary for a valid application are mentioned in the "How to Apply" Section.

Transcripts, test scores, secondary school reports, and recommendations are considered official only if they come directly from your school, teachers, counselors, or other recommenders. Any of these materials submitted by the applicant are unofficial, and won’t count toward our application requirements.

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Course Modules

Here is a summary of the requirements for this programme:

General Education

  • CHEM 11100-11200 Comprehensive General Chemistry I-II

One of the following sequences:

  • MATH 15100-15200 Calculus I-II
  • MATH 16100-16200  Honors Calculus I-II 
  • MATH 13100-13200 Elementary Functions and Calculus I-II (requires grade of A- or higher) 
  • BIOS 20186 Fundamentals of Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIOS 20187 Fundamentals of Genetics (or AP credit, if an AP 5 Fundamentals Sequence is completed)

Major Requirements

One of the following:

  • CHEM 11300 Comprehensive General Chemistry III
  • CHEM 12300 Honors General Chemistry III

One of the following:

  • MATH 15300 Calculus III
  • MATH 16300 Honors Calculus III
  • MATH 19620 Linear Algebra 
  • MATH 13300 Elementary Functions and Calculus III (requires grade of A- or higher)


  • MATH 20000-20100 Mathematical Methods for Physical Sciences I-II
  • CHEM 20100 Inorganic Chemistry I
  • PHYS 12100-12200-12300 General Physics I-II-III (or higher)

One of the following sequences:

  • CHEM 22000-22100-22200 Organic Chemistry I-II-III
  • CHEM 23000-23100-23200 Honors Organic Chemistry I-II-III
  • CHEM 26100-26200 Quantum Mechanics; Thermodynamics
  • CHEM 26700 Experimental Physical Chemistry

One of the following:

  • CHEM 20200 Inorganic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 23300 Organic Chemistry of Proteins
  • CHEM 26300 Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics

One appropriate 20000-level course in Biology (under the category Advanced-Level Courses) 

  • BIOS 20200 Introduction to Biochemistry
  • BIOS 21317 Topics in Biological Chemistry
  • One approved 30000-level biochemistry or chemistry course 

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How to Apply

The following Application Materials are to be submitted by the student to be considered for Undergraduate Admission:

  • Application For Admission: UChicago accepts the Coalition Application, Universal Application, or Common Application
  • Application Fee ($75) or Automatic Fee Waiver
  • Secondary School Report and Transcript
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Midyear Report (first-year applicants only)
  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores (international applicants only) (PBT: 600, IBT: 100, IELTS: 7.0)
  • College Official's Report and Transcript (transfer students only)

Optional Components

  • Financial Aid Application
  • Interview
  • Supplemental Materials

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