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Bachelor of Science in Bioanalytical Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Bioanalytical Chemistry at Illinois Tech in Chicago

Bioanalytical chemistry is the study of modern techniques and chemical and biochemical methods and instrumental techniques for analysis and detection of biomolecules and biologically active molecules including small drugs, drug metabolites, proteins, peptides, antibodies, DNAs, enzymes, and biologics. Bioanalytical chemistry is a key discipline in biomedical research and applied to a study of biological processes, detection and diagnosis of human diseases, and preclinical and clinical trials of drugs and biopharmaceutical products in biological systems. Illinois Tech is the first university in the country to offer a B.S. in bioanalytical chemistry. Our degree provides you with an interdisciplinary background in bioanalytical principles and methods, and applications of analytical chemistry for detection, characterization, and quantification of bioactive molecules in biological systems.

You will have an opportunity to conduct undergraduate research with chemistry faculty in the areas of biosensor technology, microscopic protein detection, antibody drug conjugate (ADC) chemistry, and computational simulation of protein-protein interaction.

You will receive a rigorous education in traditional chemistry areas and the requisite knowledge and technical skills to develop a career in bioanalysis, biomedicine, biotechnology, clinical science, or pharmaceutical science. With this degree, you might apply for various lab positions in pharmaceutical companies, research institutes, clinics, biotech companies, other industry, or federal or state government. You also may pursue graduate studies in bioanalytical chemistry, biochemistry, biopharmaceutical science, pharmaceutical science, or pharmacology and earn an M.S. degree or Ph.D.

Program Requirements

Semester 1   Credits
CHEM 124 General Chemistry I 4
CS 105 or Intro to Computer Programming 2
CS110 Computing Principles  
MATH 151 Calculus I 5
Humanities-200 level course 3
    14
Semester 2  
CHEM 100 Introduction to Profession 2
CHEM 125 General Chemistry II 4
MATH 152 Calculus II 5
PHYS 123 General Physics I 4
Social Sciences Elective  3
    18
Semester 3  
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry I 4
BIOL 107 or General Biology Lectures 3
BIOL 115 Human Biology  
MATH 251 Multivariate and Vector Calculus 4
PHYS 221 General Physics II 4
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective 3
    18
Semester 4  
CHEM 239 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry Lab 2
CHEM 247 Analytical Chemistry 3
MATH 252 Introduction to Differential Equation 4
Humanities Elective (300+) 3
    15
Semester 5  
CHEM 321 Instrumental Analysis 4
CHEM 343 Physical Chemistry I 3
IPRO Elective I 3
Free Elective2 3
Social Sciences Elective (300+) 3
    16
Semester 6  
CHEM 344 Physical Chemistry II 4
CHEM 434 Spectroscopic Methods 4
CHEM 485 Chemistry Colloquium 1
CHEM 460 Bioanalytical Chemistry 3
Humanities Elective (300+) 3
    15
Semester 7  
CHEM 415 Inorganic Chemistry 3
BIOL 401 Introduction to Biochemistry 4
OR    
BIOL 403 Biochemistry 3
CHEM 461 Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab 3
CHEM 463 Analytical Method Development Lab 3
Free Elective2 3
    15/16
Semester 8  
Bioanalytical Chemistry Elective1 3
Bioanalytical Chemistry Elective1 3
CHEM 495 Seminar in Special Topics 1
IPRO Elective II 3
Free Elective2 3
Social Sciences Elective (300+) 3
    16
Total Credit Hours 127-128

  1Bioanalytical Chemistry Electives (Select at least 2 courses, 6 credits):

  • CHEM 452 ChemInformatics
  • CHEM 467 Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHEM 475 Forensic Chemistry
  • CHEM 476 Forensic Chemistry Lab
  • CHEM 472 Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 513 Statistics for Analytical Chemists
  • CHEM 538 Physical Biochemistry
  • CHEM 416 Inorganic Chemistry Lab (Required for ACS-Accredited BS Degree) 

2Free Electives (Suggested, Select 3 courses, 9 credits):

  • BIOL 210 Microbiology
  • BIOL 445 Cell Biology
  • BIOL 514 Toxicology
  • BIOL 527 Immunology and Immunochemistry
  • BIOL 550 Bioinformatics
  • ITMD 521 Client/Server Technologies and Applications
  • ITMD 525 Topics in Data Science and Management
  • ITMD 527 Data Analytics
Bioanalytical Chemistry Requirements 57
CHEM100, 124, 125, 237, 239, 240, 247, 321, 343, 344, 415, 434, 485 41
CHEM 460 Bioanalytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 461 Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab 3
CHEM 463 Analytical Method Development Lab 3
CHEM 495 Seminar In Special Topics 1
Bioanalytical Chemistry Electives 6
Biology Requirements 6-7
BIOL107 or 115, BIOL 401 or 403  
Mathematics Requirements 18
MATH 151, 152, 251, 252  
Physics Requirements 8
PHYS 123, 221  
Computer Science Requirements 2
CS 105 or 110  
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements 21
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) 6
Free Electives 9