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Undergraduate Program

biochemistry

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Contacts

Chemistry Department
Prof. Eranthie Weerapana (214A Merkert)
Prof. Jianmin Gao (203 Merkert)

Biology Department
Prof. Anthony Annunziato (401A Higgins)
Prof. Kathy Dunn (412 Higgins)

Program Description

This interdisciplinary major in Biochemistry, administered jointly by the Chemistry and Biology Departments, provides the student with a broad background in biochemistry and related courses in chemistry and biology. This major is intended for those interested in the more chemical and molecular aspects of the life sciences. More information about the Biochemistry Major can be found at www.bc.edu/content/bc/schools/cas/biochemistry.html.

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Biology and Chemistry Course Requirements for the Class of 2016 and Beyond:

  • BIOL2000 Molecules and Cells (3 credits)
  • BIOL2010 Ecology and Evolution OR BI 3030 Introduction to Physiology (3 credits)
  • BIOL2040 Investigations in Molecular Cell Biology (3 credits)
  • One course in cell biology from the following list (3 credits):
  • BIOL3040 Cell Biology
    BIOL3210 Plant Biology
    BIOL4140 Microbiology

  • One course in genetics or genomics from the following list (3 or 4 credits):
  • BIOL3150 Introduction to Genomics
    BIOL3190 Genetics and Genomics
    BIOL4170 Microbial Genetics

  • CHEM1109 General Chemistry I and CHEM1111 Laboratory (or CHEM1117 and CHEM1119) (4 credits)
  • CHEM1110 General Chemistry II and CHEM1112 Laboratory (or CHEM1118 and CHEM1120) (4 credits)
  • CHEM2231 Organic Chemistry I and CHEM2233 Laboratory (or CHEM2241 and CHEM2243) (4 credits)
  • CHEM2232 Organic Chemistry II and CHEM2234 Laboratory (or CHEM2242 and CHEM2234) (4 credits)
  • CHEM3351 Analytical Chemistry and CHEM3353 Laboratory (4 credits)
  • CHEM4473 Physical Chemistry for Biochemistry majors (3 credits)
  • CHEM4461–4462 Biochemistry I and II; OR BIOL4350 Biological Chemistry and BIOL4400 Molecular Biology (6 or 7 credits)
  • PHYS2100 Physics I (calculus) and PHYS2050 Laboratory (5 credits)
  • PHYS2101 Physics II (calculus) and PHYS2051 Laboratory (5 credits)
  • MATH1101 (or MATH1105) Calculus II (4 credits)
  • Two advanced electives from the following list* (6 credits)
  • BIOL4200 Introduction to Bioinformatics
    BIOL4510 Cancer Biology
    BIOL4810 Research in Molecular Microbiology Lab
    BIOL4830 Research in Molecular Biology Lab
    BIOL4840 Research in Biochemistry Lab
    BIOL4870 Research in Molecular Genetics Lab
    BIOL5060 Recombinant DNA Technology 
    BIOL5130 Environmental Disruptors of Development
    BIOL5170 Human Parasitology
    BIOL5290 Biomolecules: Driving Molecular Forces
    BIOL5330 Virus Infections and Cellular Transport
    BIOL5360 Viruses, Genes and Evolution
    BIOL5370 Literature for Neurological Diseases
    BIOL5420 Cancer as a Metabolic Disease
    BIOL5700 Biology of the Nucleus
    CHEM5564 Physical Methods in Biochemistry
    CHEM5567 Chemical Biology: Structure and Function
    CHEM5569 Chemical Biology: Enzyme Mechanisms
    CHEM5570 Introduction to Biological Membranes
    CHEM5582 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry
    BIOL4911–4918 Undergraduate Research**
    BIOL4921 Advanced Independent Research**
    CHEM4497–4498 Advanced Research in Biochemistry I and II**
    CHEM5593–5594 Introduction to Biochemical Research I and II**

Total Credits: 64-66

*Additional electives may sometimes be announced in this category,
depending upon advanced course offerings in the Biology and Chemistry Departments. 

**With Biology or Chemistry Department approval, two semesters of Undergraduate Research may be substituted for ONE advanced elective.

Advanced Placement: Biochemistry majors who have a 5 on the Biology AP exam in their senior year may choose to by-pass the 2000 level lecture courses (BIOL2000 and BIOL2010). These students will begin the major with BIOL3040 Cell Biology, and take 6 credits of additional biology courses, level 3000 or above.

Biochemistry Major Requirements for the Class of 2015

Members of the Class of 2015 may follow the current curriculum or they may continue with previous requirements as listed on the Biochemistry website. See the Biochemistry website (www.bc.edu/content/bc/schools/cas/biochemistry.html) for complete information.

Recommended Course Sequencing for Biochemistry Majors

Freshman Year

General Chemistry and Labs
BIOL2000 and either BIOL2010 or BIOL3040
BIOL2040 lab (if possible)

Sophomore Year

Organic Chemistry and Labs
One course from the cell biology list (or BIOL3030)
One course from the genetics/genomics list
BIOL2040 lab (if needed)

Junior Year

Biochemistry sequence

Senior Year

Analytical Chemistry and lab
Physical Chemistry
Two advanced electives

Note: 

  • Calculus is typically completed by the end of the sophomore year.
  • Physics can be taken at any time beginning with the sophomore year.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in Undergraduate Research, typically beginning in the junior year; other options are available. Students should speak to individual professors regarding research opportunities.

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