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Bachelor of Science in Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry

Bachelor of Science in Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry at Illinois Tech in Chicago

Computational chemistry and biochemistry is the application of computational methods to understand chemical and biochemical properties and processes. You will learn chemical and molecular modeling and simulation, computational chemical biology, computational drug design, Big Data in chemistry and biochemistry, and computational methods for data analytics. You will be prepared to advance in the rapidly growing fields of computational and data science, gaining a strong background in traditional chemistry areas combined with relevant and advanced skills in experimental and computational science.

Illinois Tech is the only university to offer a comprehensive computer-related chemistry and biochemistry program with course requirements covering chemical and biochemical science, computational techniques, and data science.

You will have an opportunity to conduct undergraduate research at the Pauling Computer Lab, designed for computational biochemistry, computer-aided drug design, quantum chemistry, and molecular modeling and simulation by the Department of Chemistry and College of Science.

With this degree, you might work in a computational modeling and informatics group for drug discovery in the pharmaceutical industry or be a data analyst or a data scientist in government or academia, the private sector, a medical institute, or a research organization. You also can pursue graduate studies in computational chemistry, biochemistry, big data science, statistics, pharmaceutical science, or computer science and earn an M.S. degree or Ph.D.

Program Requirements

Semester 1 Credits
CHEM 124 General Chemistry I 4
CS 105 or CS 110 Intro to Computer Programming Computing Principles 2
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
CS 201 Accelerated Introduction to Computer Science 4
CHEM 247 Analytical Chemistry 3
MATH 252 Introduction to Differential Equation 4
Humanities Elective (300+)   3
    17
Semester 5    
CHEM 343 Physical Chemistry I 3
CS 331 Data Structures and Algorithms 3
IPRO Elective I 3
Humanities Elective (300+) 3
Social Sciences Elective (300+) 3
    15
Semester 6  
CHEM 344 Physical Chemistry II 4
CHEM 434 Spectroscopic Methods 4
CHEM 485 Chemistry Colloquium 1
BIOL 401 Introduction to Biochemistry 3
Free Elective2 3
    15
Semester 7  
CHEM 415 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 452 Cheminformatics 3
BIOL 402 Metabolic Biochemistry 3
Social Sciences Elective (300+) 3
IPRO Elective II 3
    15
Semester 8  
CHEM 454 Computational Quantum Chemistry 3
CHEM 456 Computational Biochemistry and Drug Design 3
Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry Elective1 3
Free Elective2 3
Free Elective2 3
CHEM 495 Seminar in Special Topics 1
    16
Total Credit Hours 128

1Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry Electives (Select 1 course, 3 Credits):

  • CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry Lab
  • CHEM 321 Instrumental Analysis
  • CHEM 467 Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHEM 455 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 513 Statistics for Analytical Chemists
  • CHEM 538 Physical Biochemistry
  • CHEM 550 Chemical Bonding
  • CHEM 416 Inorganic Chemistry Lab (Required for ACS-Accredited BS Degree)

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

  • PHYS 240 Computational Science
  • CS 411 Computer Graphics
  • CS 422 Data Mining
  • CS 425 Database Organization
  • MATH 474 Probability and Statistics
  • ITMD 521 Client/Server Technologies and Applications
  • ITMD 525 Topics in Data Science and Management
  • ITMD 527 Data Analytics
  • ITMD 529 Advanced Data Analytics
  • BIOL 550 Bioinformatics
Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry Requirements 48
CHEM 100, 124, 125, 237, 239, 247, 343, 344, 415, 434, 485 35
CHEM 452 Cheminformatics 3
CHEM 454 Chemical Modeling and Simulation 3
CHEM 456 Computational Biochemistry and Drug Design 3
CHEM 495 Seminar in Special Topics 1
Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry Elective 3
Biology Requirements 9
BIOL 107 or 115, 401, 402  
Mathematics Requirements 18
MATH 151, 152, 251, 252  
Physics Requirements 8
PHYS 123, 221  
Computer Science Requirements 9
CS 105 or 110, 201, 331  
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements 21
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) 6
Free Electives 9