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Degree Requirements

biochemistry major


Class of 2016 and beyond:

  • BIOL 2000 Molecules & Cells (3 credits)
  • BIOL 2010 Ecology & Evolution OR BIOL 3030 Introduction to Physiology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 2040 Investigations in Molecular Cell Biology (3 credits)
  • One course in cell biology from the following list (3 credits):
    • BIOL 3040 Cell Biology
    • BIOL 3210 Plant Biology
    • BIOL 4140 Microbiology
  • One course in genetics or genomics from the following list (3 credits):
    • BIOL 3150 Introduction to Genomics
    • BIOL 3190 Genetics & Genomics
    • BIOL 4170 Microbial Genetics
  • CHEM 1109-1111 (or CHEM 1117-1119) General Chemistry 1 and Lab (4 credits)
  • CHEM 1110-1112 (or CHEM 1118-1120) General Chemistry 2 and Lab (4 credits)
  • CHEM 2231-2233 (or CHEM 2241-2243) Organic Chemistry 1 and Lab (4 credits)
  • CHEM 2232-2234 (or CHEM 2242-2234) Organic Chemistry 2 and Lab (4 credits)
  • CHEM 3351-3353 Analytical Chemistry and Laboratory (4 credits)
  • CHEM 4473 Physical Chemistry for Biochemistry Majors (3 credits)
  • Either CHEM 4461-4462 Biochemistry 1 and 2

     OR BIOL 4350 Biological Chemistry and BIOL 4400 Molecular Biology (6 credits)

  • PHYS 2100-2050 Introductory Physics 1 and Lab - calculus-based (5 credits)
  • PHYS 2101-2051 Introductory Physics 2 and Lab - calculus-based (5 credits)
  • MATH 1101 (or MATH 1105) Calculus 2 (4 credits)
  • Two Advanced Electives from the following list* (6 credits)
    • BIOL 4200  Introduction to Bioinformatics
    • BIOL 4290  Medical Biochemistry & Metabolism
    • BIOL 4320  Developmental Biology
    • BIOL 4510  Cancer Biology
    • BIOL 4810  Research in Molecular Microbiology Lab
    • BIOL 4830  Research in Molecular Biology Lab
    • BIOL 4840  Research in Biochemistry Lab
    • BIOL 4870  Research in Molecular Genetics Lab
    • BIOL 5060  Recombinant DNA Technology
    • BIOL 5130  Environmental Disruptors of Development
    • BIOL 5170  Human Parasitology
    • BIOL 5290  Biomolecules:  Molecular Driving Forces
    • BIOL 5330  Virus Infections & Cellular Transport
    • BIOL 5360  Viruses, Genes & Evolution
    • BIOL 5370  Literature for Neurological Diseases
    • BIOL 5420  Cancer as a Metabolic Disease
    • BIOL 5700  Biology of the Nucleus
    • CHEM 5510  Drug Discovery and Development
    • CHEM 5564  Physical Methods in Biochemistry
    • CHEM 5565 Chemical Biology:  Nucleic Acids
    • CHEM 5567 Chemical Biology:  Structure & Function
    • CHEM 5570 Introduction to Biological Membranes
    • CHEM 5582  Advanced Topics in Biochemistry
    • BI 463-464 Research in Biochemistry **
    • BI 498 Advanced Independent Biochemical Research **
    • CH 497-498 Advanced Research in Biochemistry **
    • CH 593-594 Introduction to Biochemical Research **

* 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 AP Biology Exam in their senior year may choose to bypass the 2000 lecture courses (BIOL 2000 & BIOL 2010).  These students will begin the major with BIOL 3040 Cell Biology and take 6 credits of additional biology credits, level 3000 or above.