5-Year Bachelor of Science with a Major in Biochemistry - Master in Environmental Engineering (BSBCHM-MEnvE)


The College of Engineering & Science offers a combined bachelor of science with a major in Biochemistry - Master of Environmental Engineering program. High school students can be admitted directly into this accelerated program.

In order to complete both the BS (Biochemistry) and MEnvE degrees in five years, the student must (a) be well prepared as an incoming freshman, ready to take our core Engineering courses; and (b) satisfy all the admission criteria (see below), and (c) maintain a 3.25 GPA, in order to take graduate level courses while still an undergraduate.

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    Program Learning Outcomes

    Please see the separate catalog pages for BS Biochemistry and Master of Environmental Engineering Program Learning Outcomes.

    Admission Into the Program

    Qualifications for the 5-year program for incoming freshmen:

    • A minimum ACT composite score of 26, with a minimum of 22 in each section, and a minimum of 23 in the Mathematics section.  Or minimum SAT scores: 560 Mathematics, 560 ERW, and 1230 combined.
    • With ACT/SAT scores above: a high school grade point average of 3.4 overall on a 4.0 point scale, and the same for the combined mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology courses.
    • Without ACT/SAT scores: a high school grade point average of 3.6 overall on a 4.0 point scale, and the same for the combined mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology courses.
    • Students must place into appropriate-level freshmen courses at Detroit Mercy in order to be able to complete both the bachelor and master degrees in five years.

    Qualifications for the 5-year program for current juniors/seniors:

    • Students with a GPA of 3.25 and 95 credit hours may apply for the program near the end of their third year or in the beginning of their fourth year.  Advising discussions should begin in the freshman year.
    • Students must be on-track to complete their undergraduate degree in four years.  Calculus and some ENGR courses should be taken early in the program.  (Some exceptions apply.)

    If accepted into the program, students may take up to nine graduate credits in their fourth year that will count towards both undergraduate and graduate requirements.

    In their fifth year, students will be registered as full-time graduate students, which requires that they are registered for at least nine credit hours of graduate-level courses per term. These courses will be charged at the graduate tuition rate.

    To remain in the program, undergraduate students must maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA at Detroit Mercy and be progressing steadily toward graduation.




    • Reduction in the total number of courses required to get both the bachelor and master degrees (students may count nine credits towards both undergraduate and graduate requirements)
    • Ability to take up to nine graduate credits at the undergraduate tuition rate

    The graduate courses, which may be taken during the undergraduate program that can also be applied toward the undergraduate degree requirements, must be approved by your academic advisor. Students must receive a grade of "C" or better in order to gain credit towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.


    Program Requirements - Bachelor of Science with a Major in Biochemistry—to Master of Environmental Engineering (BS 126 credits + MEnvE 30 credits, nine credits double-counted)

    In order to qualify to take graduate credit in the fifth year, students must complete the mathematics and engineering courses listed below, by the end of the fourth year.

    Biochemistry students wishing to take the Master of Environmental Engineering program who are not in the 5-year program may seek admission into the MEnvE on condition of completing the Mathematics and Engineering courses below before taking graduate coursework.

    Biochemistry Major Courses

    Course Requirements

    A grade of "C" or better for each course in this sequence is a prerequisite to all other Biochemistry courses in the department for Biochemistry majors.

    Biochemistry students in this 5-year program must also complete the University Core Curriculum requirements and the following science, engineering, and mathematics courses:

    • CHM 1070 General Chemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHM 1080 General Chemistry II (3 credits)
    • CHM 1100 Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit)
    • CHM 1120 Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (1 credit)
    • CHM 2250 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit)
    • CHM 2270 Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHM 2290 Organic Chemistry II (3 credits)
    • CHM 2310 Advanced Organic and Inorganic Synthetic Laboratory (1 credit)
    • CHM 3200 Computers in Chemistry and Molecular Modeling (1 credit)
    • CHM 3330 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit)
    • CHM 3410 Chemical Thermodynamics and Applications (3 credits)
    • CHM 3420 Chemical Dynamics and Quantum Chemistry (3 credits)
    • CHM 3870 Quantitative Analysis (3 credits)
    • CHM 3880 Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1 credit)
    • CHM 4710 Biochemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHM 4720 Biochemistry II (3 credits)
    • CHM 4740 Recent Advances in Chemistry and Biochemistry (3 credits)
    • CHM 4750 Biochemistry Laboratory (1 credit)
    • CHM 4990 Chemistry Senior Assessment (0 credits)
    • Optional: Laboratory Research (CHM 3980, CHM 4980) max 6 credits

    Required Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

    • BIO 1200 General Biology I (3 credits)
    • BIO 1210 General Biology Laboratory I (2 credits)
    • BIO 1220 General Biology II (3 credits)
    • BIO 1230 General Biology Laboratory II (2 credits)
    • BIO 2600-level or above (6 credits)
    • MTH 1410 Calculus 1 (4 credits)
    • MTH 1420 Calculus 2 (4 credits)
    • MTH 2410 Calculus 3 (4 credits)
    • ENGR 1000 Ethics & Politics of Engineering (2 credits)
    • ENGR 1050 Engineering Graphics & Design (2 credits)
    • ENGR 3120 Statics (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3140 Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3333 Sustainable Environments (3 credits)
    • CIVE 5820 Hazardous Waste* (3 credits)
    • CIVE 5840 Environmental Chemistry* (3 credits)
    • CIVE 5860 Environmental Microbiology* (3 credits)
    • PHY 1600 General Physics I (Calc based) (3 credits)
    • PHY 1610 General Physics Lab I (1 credit)
    • PHY 1620 General Physics II (Calc based) (3 credits)
    • PHY 1630 General Physics Lab II (1 credit)

    * These courses count towards both the bachelor and master's degrees.

    For the graduate Environmental Engineering requirements, click here.

    Core Curriculum Requirements

    In addition to the courses required for this program listed above, the student must also fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum for this program.

    Some of these courses may be satisfied by courses in your program.  Please review your Degree Evaluation or consult your academic advisor for more information.

Program Contact Information

Matthew J. Mio, Ph.D.
Chair of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Email: chairchembiochem@udmercy.edu
Telephone: 313-993-1258

Utpal Dutta, Ph.D., P.E. 
Chair of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering 
Email: duttau@udmercy.edu
Telephone: 313-993-1040