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Did you know biology isn’t just for biologists anymore? That chemists have crossed over into the field? And that chemical biologists are at the forefront of many recent scientific advances?

It’s true – and their work touches nearly every aspect of our lives – including agriculture, biotechnology and healthcare. They have analyzed DNA traces found during crime scene investigations, formulated insulin and other life-saving medicines, and have even designed yeast-based biosensors that sniff out explosives.

If this emerging discipline sounds exciting, then Lawrence Tech’s Bachelor of Science in Chemical Biology might be the right degree for you. The program was designed to prepare you for this field with a strong background in both disciplines – and a full appreciation of their interdependence. Career options range from forensic science, medicine and molecular cell biology to pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical technology and more. The program can also prepare you for graduate school in many scientific disciplines or advanced degrees in the health professions such as dentistry, medicine, veterinary science, optometry and pharmacy.

Why LTU?

  • LTU’s chemical biology undergraduate program is the first in the Midwest, and one of only a handful in the United States
  • You’ll experience a coherent integration of basic and advanced concepts throughout the curriculum – and broad basic training in the parent disciplines
  • You’ll benefit from small class sizes and close contact with faculty who have industry experience
  • Your experiments in the lab will be closely connected to the ideas learned through lectures
  • You will have access to comprehensive information technology capabilities
  • You will work on inter-disciplinary projects that hone your teamwork and communication skills
  • You will have access to co-op and internship opportunities in a productive, vital and economically complex region that is one of the world’s great centers for entrepreneurship, technological achievement and innovation  
    "The ACS Approval Program promotes excellence in chemistry education for undergraduate students through approval of baccalaureate chemistry programs. ACS-approved programs offer a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that gives students intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals."

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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry and Chemical Biology April 2022PDF 

124 credit-hour program consists of:

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
BIO 1213 Biology 1 (Placement) 3
BIO 1221 Biology 1 Lab 1
COM 1001 Pathways to Research Careers 1
CHM 1213 University Chemistry 1 3
CHM 1221 University Chemistry 1 Lab 1
MCS 1414 Calculus 1 (Placement) 4
COM 1103 College Composition 3
   TOTAL 16

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
BIO 1223 Biology 2 (Placement) 3
BIO 1231 Biology 2 Lab 1
CHM 1223 University Chemistry 2 3
CHM 1231 University Chemistry 2 Lab 1
MCS 1424 Calculus 2 4
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
   TOTAL 15

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 2313 Organic Chemistry 1 3
CHM 2311 Organic Chemistry 1 Lab 1
PHY 2213 College Physics 1 3
PHY 2221 College Physics 1 Lab 1
MCS 1424 Statistics 4
SSC 2413 Foundations of American Experience 3
   TOTAL 15

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 2323 Organic Chemistry 2 3
CHM 2321 Organic Chemistry 2 Lab 1
PHY 2223 College Physics 2 3
PHY 2231 College Physics 2 Lab 1
xxx3 General Elective 3
SSC 2423 Development of American Experience 3
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
   TOTAL 17

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 2343 Analytical Chemistry 3
CHM 2352 Analytical Chemistry Lab 2
CHM 3452 Intermed. Inorganic Chemistry* 2
BIO 3203 Anatomy and Physiology A 3
BIO 3201 Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1
COM 2103 Technical and Prof. Communication 3
   TOTAL 17

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 3423 Physical Chemistry 1 3
CHM 3431 Physical Chemistry 1 Lab 1
CHM 2631* Instrumental Lab* 1
CHM 4723* Adv. Organic Chemistry* 3
PSC 3002 Leadership in Sci. Research (Jr.) 2
BIO 3303 Anatomy and Physiology B 3
xxx3 General Elective  3
   TOTAL 16

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 3403 Biochemistry 3
CHM 3411 Biochemistry Lab 1
BIO 3323 Molecular Genetics 3
CHM/BIO 3/4XXX3 Jr./Sr. Technical Elective 3
CHM 4912 Senior Project 1 (Sr.) 2
LLT 3XX3/4XX3 Junior/Senior Elective 3
   TOTAL 15

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
BIO 4813 Cell Biology 3
BIO 4812 Cell Biology Lab 2
CHM 4403* Advanced Biochemistry* 3
CHM 4922 Senior Project 2 (Sr.) 2
SSC/PSY 3/4XX3 Jr./Sr. Elective 3
   TOTAL 13

*These courses are offered every two years. An individual plan of work will be developed in consultation with the student's advisor.

For more information, contact the Department of Natural Sciences at 248.204.3600, nschair@ltu.edu, or visit room S322 in the Science Building.



Chemical biologists can find work in many fields, including pharmacology, toxicology and drug synthesis. Typically they work in a research lab, using their knowledge in chemistry to create new compounds that can be used to help people.

Find work in these fields

Forensic Science
Medical Technology
Molecular Cell Biology
Research and Development