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Careers in this field are very lucrative and the job market is better than the norm, nation-wide. At DC3 we have all the courses required for this major in the first two years of a 4 or 5 year program at most transfer universities.  It is a very rigorous program of study, however, and students have to commit to anywhere from 19 to 21 credit hours (not including summer school or dual credit obtained through a high school) per semester to obtain the maximum number of preparatory credits for a four year transfer degree.  The course work is very similar to that required for a chemistry major, but Cell and Genetics Biology (1 semester course) and Plant and Animal Biology (1 semester course) are added for the bio-component. To obtain a list of the suggested course work per semester and course descriptions, refer to the catalog link below.

A 3-hour per week lab component accompanies each chemistry and physics course.  Biology courses have a 2 hour component per week.   DC3 has all the required lab equipment and up-to-date facilities needed for producing lab-competent biochemistry students who are ready to transfer to a university.

Students who make an “A” in the first semester CHEM 111 course are invited to enroll in Honors CHEM 212—which meets at the same time each day as the CHEM 112 course but requires an additional one to two-hour commitment per week with the instructor in either the lecture hall or the laboratory.

Course Requirements

Find your plan of study in the 2017-18 Course Catalog.


Steve Ellis

Professor of Chemistry & Physics

Mary Scott

Professor of Biology