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 101
  • BIO 102
  • BIO 210
  • BIO 220
  • BIO 224
  • CHE 111
  • CHE 151
  • CHE 230
  • CHE 235

Core courses:

  • CHE 340, 341*, and 342*
  • BIO 324 or 327

*Note that these courses may only be counted towards a single major or minor.

One seminar chosen from:

  • BIO 420
  • BIO 456
  • BIO 474
  • BIO 482
  • BIO 487

One capstone experience chosen from:

  • BIO 497
  • CHE 497

An additional 4 credits at the 300- or 400-level chosen from:

  • BIO 324
  • BIO 327
  • BIO 333
  • BIO 354
  • BIO 362
  • BIO 378
  • BIO 420
  • BIO 456
  • BIO 474
  • BIO 482
  • CHE 330
  • CHE 345*
  • CHE 355
  • CHE 380

Supporting coursework:

  • MA 172
  • PHY 115 or 125

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 ASBMB Certification

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology majors have the option of earning certification of their degree by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology by passing a nationwide written exam. No additional coursework is required.

Honors in the major

For honors in the major (with or without ACS certification), BIO 490Y or CHE 495Y 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.