Requirements for the Biochemistry Major

1. For entrance into the major, the student should have completed, or know when they will take, Chemistry 101, 102 (or 115, 116), and 053, 054 (General Chemistry with Laboratory, 3 credits); Physics 150, 151 (or 170, 171) (General Physics with Laboratory, 3 credits); Mathematics 104, 114 (Calculus, 2 credits). These prerequisites will also fulfill the College General Education requirements in mathematics and natural sciences. 

2. All students in the major must complete satisfactorily the following courses: Chemistry 241 and either 242 or 243 (Organic Chemistry, 2 credits); Chemistry 221 (Fall only) and 222 (Spring only) (Physical Chemistry, 2 credits); either Chemistry 223 or 245 (Organic or Physical Chemistry Laboratory, 1 credit); Chemistry 251, 451 (Fall only) and 452 (Spring only) (Biochemistry/Biophysics/Gene Expression, 3 credits); and Biochemistry 404* (Research in Selected Faculty Laboratories, 2 credits). 

*3. Laboratory research, Biochemistry 404 (2 semesters; Fall-Spring sequence only; prerequisite Chemistry 245, co-requisite Chemistry 451 and 452) requires advanced planning. Many students find a faculty supervisor in their Sophomore year and take several units of Biochemistry 299. Students should make definite laboratory commitments, with approval of the major chair, during the Spring term prior to the academic year they intend to register for BCHE 404 credit. 

4. The major chairman should be consulted regarding acceptable independent study projects for Biochemistry 299, 300. No more than 2 c.u. of independent study may be taken in one semester. Normally, independent study should be in addition to 4 c.u. of lecture and laboratory course work in any semester. Students wishing to take a total of more than 4 c.u. of independent study toward their B.A. degrees should consult with the undergraduate major chairman. 

5. Recommended electives include: Mathematics 240 and 241; Physics 230, 240, 280, 361, and 362; Chemistry 261, 441, 443, 555, 556, and 557; Biology 202, 221, 255, 275, 354, 421, 425, 475, 480, 483, 536, and 540.

6. Students in the Biochemistry major may count any 200-level Biology course for the Sector V "Living World" requirement.

7. Students are expected to abide by the policies and procedures of the College of Arts and Sciences. Class of 2015 Policies and Procedures can be found here.

 

Examples of Schedules for Required Courses

I. Gung-Ho Types and those interested in more advanced-level science courses:

Freshman Fall Freshman Spring
CHEM 101/115 CHEM 102/116
CHEM 053* CHEM 054*
MATH 104 MATH 114
   
Sophomore Fall Sophomore Spring
CHEM 241 CHEM 242/243
CHEM 251 (either sem.) CHEM 245 (or CHEM 223 Junior Spring)
PHYS 150/170 PHYS 151/171
   
Junior Fall Junior Spring
CHEM 221 (Fall only) CHEM 222 (Spring only)
CHEM 451 (Fall only) CHEM 452 (Spring only)
   
Junior or Senior Fall Junior or Senior Spring
Advanced Courses Advanced Courses
BCHE 404a (Fall only) BCHE 404b (Spring only)

* Freshman chemistry labs can be waived.


II. Laid-Back Types and those interested in more non-science electives

Freshman Fall Freshman Spring
CHEM 101/115 CHEM 102/116
CHEM 053* CHEM 054*
MATH 104 MATH 114
   
Sophomore Fall Sophomore Spring
CHEM 241 CHEM 242/243
PHYS 150/170 PHYS 151/171
CHEM 251 (either sem.)  
   
Junior Fall Junior Spring
CHEM 221 (Fall only) CHEM 222 (Spring only)
CHEM 245 (or CHEM 223 Junior Spring)  
   
Senior Fall Senior Spring
BCHE 404a (Fall only) BCHE 404b (Spring only)
CHEM 451 (Fall only) CHEM 452 (Spring only)

* Freshman chemistry labs can be waived.


III. Other courses offered in the Chemistry Department of special interest to the Biochemistry Major:

CHEM 261, 441, 443, 555, 556, 557, and 666
(course offerings can vary by year and semester)


Note: A biology course is required for Living World sector requirement. BIOL 101 or 121 and 102 or 124 might be useful for some students considering professional schools in health care. CHEM 251 overlaps with BIOL 202 and 402. Thus, students are advised to keep this in mind when considering taking these courses.