The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major consists of foundations courses in biology and chemistry followed by a core curriculum in biochemistry and its physical underpinnings, with additional upper level work in biology and/or chemistry. Supporting coursework in mathematics and physics is also required.

Foundations courses:

  • BIO 104
  • BIO 210
  • BIO 214
  • BIO 220
  • BIO 224
  • CHE 111
  • CHE 112 (or 112H)
  • CHE 151
  • CHE 152 (or 152H)
  • CHE 230
  • CHE 235

 Core courses:

  • CHE 266 or CHE 240
  • CHE 341
  • CHE 342
  • CHE 345
  • One additional lab course chosen from CHE 346, BIO 324L, or BIO 328.

 A minimum of 3 credits of additional biology or chemistry lecture coursework, chosen from:

  • BIO 324
  • BIO 327
  • BIO 333
  • BIO 354
  • BIO 362
  • BIO 378
  • CHE 330
  • CHE 355
  • CHE 372
  • CHE 380
  • CHE 391-393H

  A minimum of 3 credits of coursework with a substantial component or reading, analyzing and presenting scientific literature, chosen from:

  • BIO 374
  • BIO 382
  • BIO 387
  • BIO 390-399Y
  • CHE 395Y


Supporting coursework:

  • MA 170 (or 171)
  • MA 180
  • PHY 115 (or 125)
  • PHY 116 (or 126)

Laboratory proficiency and writing proficiency in the major are required and are evaluated in BIO 224, CHE 342, and additional upper level labs as necessary.

 

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major with ACS Certification.

Granting of the ACS certified degree is authorized by the chair of the chemistry department, in accordance with the requirements of the American Chemical Society. In combination with the requirements for the basic major, the major with ACS certification requires the following:

  • CHE 265
  • CHE 355
  • CHE 356
  • CHE 372

One additional lab course chosen from:

  • CHE 265L
  • CHE 266L
  • CHE 373

A minimum of 3 credits of additional chemistry lecture coursework, chosen from:

  • CHE 330
  • CHE 380
  • CHE 391-393H

Research (BIO 390-399Y or CHE 395Y) on a project approved by faculty in the biochemistry and molecular biology program.

Honors in the major

For honors in the major (with or without ACS certification), BIO 390-399Y or CHE 395Y must be completed with a minimum grade of A-, and a minimum GPA of 3.5 must ordinarily be achieved in all biology, chemistry ,physics, and mathematics courses counted toward the major.