The concentration in Biochemistry gives a thorough comprehension of chemical nature and interactions of biological molecules. Upon completion, students will be versed in acid-base chemistry, enzymes, coenzymes, and the interrelationships of compounds in major metabolic cycles. Additional courses include molecular and cellular physiology. Our curriculum prepares students for work in a variety of industries including cosmetics, food chemistry, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals. Students with this concentration are well-prepared for further study in chemistry, biology, and medicinal professions such as dentistry or

Requirements for the Major in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry

The Chemistry major with a concentration in Biochemistry consists of 82-83 s.h. distributed as follows:

Requirements for the Major in Chemistry

Biochemistry Concentration Chemistry Courses

Choose 8 s.h. from the following:

  • CHE 4210 Thermodynamics and Kinetics (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 4500 Biochemistry (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 4600 Advanced Biochemistry (4 s.h.)

Biochemistry Concentration Chemistry Electives

Select 4 s.h from the following:

  • CHE 3100 Inorganic Chemistry (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 4100 Forensic Chemistry (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 4220 Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 4300 Environmental Chemistry (4 s.h.)

Biochemistry Concentration Biology Courses

  • BIO 1530 Fund. of Biology I: Intro. to Cellular Bio. (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 3960 Molecular Genetics (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 4400 Cellular Physiology (4 s.h.)

Additional Biology course electives are recommended from the pool of BIO 3060, 3070, 3480, 4000, 4010.

Contact the Chemistry Program

Dr. Stephanie Hooper Marosek

Stephanie Hooper Marosek, PhD

Head, Division of Natural Sciences; Wyatt Professor of the Sciences; Associate Professor of Chemistry
(910) 630-7457
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Dr. Stephanie Hooper Marosek
Stephanie Hooper Marosek, PhD

Head, Division of Natural Sciences; Wyatt Professor of the Sciences; Associate Professor of Chemistry

B.S., University of South Carolina; M.S., Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Doctoral Thesis:

Development of an Ionically-Assembled On-Column Enzyme Reactor for Capillary Electrophoresis

Professional Societies:

American Chemical Society

Research Interests:

Dr. Hooper Marosek has several research interests. She is involved in forensic research with our Applied Forensic Science department. She utilizes chemical instrumentation to analyze gunshot residue (GSR) on T-shirt samples, the age of dried bloodstains, and hemoglobin and certain proteins in human bones. Some of Dr. Hooper’s work has been published in the Journal of Forensic Research.

Dr. Hooper Marosek is also involved in research that is applicable to the fields of athletic training and exercise science. She has analyzed the content of several sports drinks and various products utilized by athletes to alleviate muscle cramps during practice, sport, or competition. These findings are under review for publication in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

In addition to her laboratory research, Dr. Hooper has served as a forensic consultant. She has worked with legal teams in Pennsylvania, Florida, and New York. She has published several chapters in a collaborative book with other forensic experts to educate law enforcement officials and attorneys about the science of drug and alcohol testing.

Personal Interests:

Her personal interests include clog dancing (recreational and competitive), music (clarinet, piano), art, sports, forensics, being a mom, Gamecock sports, chemistry, puzzles (crosswords, soduku). She is married and has daughter, a dog, and a cat.


(910) 630-7457
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