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Course Sequencing

biochemistry major

Recommended Course Sequencing for Biochemistry Majors


Freshman Year

  • General Chemistry 1 & 2 with Labs
  • BIOL 2000 (Molecules & Cells) and either BIOL 2010 (Ecology & Evolution) or BIOL 3030 (Introduction to Physiology)
  • BIOL 2040 lab (if possible)

Sophomore Year

  • Organic Chemistry 1 & 2 with Labs
  • One course from the cell biology list
  • One course from the genetics/genomics list
  • BIOL 2040 lab (if needed)

Junior Year

  • Biochemistry sequence (either CHEM 5561-5562 or BIOL 4350-BIOL 4400)

Senior Year

  • Analytical Chemistry and Lab
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Two Advanced Electives


  • Advanced Placement: Biochemistry majors who have a 5 on the AP Biology exam in their senior year may elect to begin the major with BI 304 Cell Biology and take an additional biology course that is 3000 or above.
  • Calculus is typically completed by the end of 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.