So you w​ant to CODO to Biochemistry...

Before you begin the CODO (Change of Degree Objective) process, it is important to understand what is required to graduate with a degree in Biochemistry. Spend some time investigating our major. Our website is a good place to start. You will want to understand the required curriculum. Core courses in the biochemistry program of study are CHM 115, 116, 255, 256; BIOL 231; BCHM 361, 462 and 463. Students wishing to CODO to biochemistry must have earned grades of C- or better in CHM 115 and 116. Biochemistry students are expected to earn grades of C- or better in all core courses.

In addition, all Biochemistry students must do a capstone research project. This requires students to work on an independent project with a faculty member, then present their work to the department before graduation.

If you feel that Biochemistry is the right major for you, begin the CODO process:

  • Check to be sure you meet the minimum requirements to CODO to the College of Agriculture
  • Schedule a meeting with the Biochemistry Undergraduate Program Administrator, Sherry Pogranichniy (, to go over your academic record and to outline a tentative plan of study as a Biochemistry major
  • Access the CODO form from the link on the Registrar's website
  • Type in your name and PUID and select your old and new colleges under Item 1
  • Print the form and take it to your CURRENT college/school for a signature
  • Take the form to the advising office of your NEW college/school (College of Agriculture - Tim Kerr, 121 AGAD (49-48481)). If you meet the requirements, Mr. Kerr will help you fill in the rest of the form
  • Sign your name at the bottom of the form (Item 6) to indicate your approval of the CODO process and your understanding of how your credits will transfer
  • The CODO form should be sent or carried to the Registrar’s Office (45 Hovde) for processing
  • After your CODO form is processed in the Office of the Registrar, you are officially in your new college/school beginning with the term indicated in Item 3 on your CODO papers. The deadline for CODO submission is the end of the second week of the term. Any CODOs processed after the second week will be effective for the next term.
  • NOTE: CODOing cannot save a student from being placed on drop status

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