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, 260 and 241; Physics 230, 240, 280, 361, and 362; Chemistry 261, 441, 443, 555, 556, and 557; Biology 205, 221, 251 and 275. Biology 300, 400, 500 level courses and especially 540 are also recommended.

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. Students, gung-ho types, planning two science majors, more advanced courses, or dual degrees.

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


II. Students vacillating among sciences and will decide a major in Sophomore year

Freshman Fall Freshman Spring
CHEM 101 or 115 CHEM 102 or 116
CHEM 053* CHEM 054*
MATH 104 MATH 114 or 116
   
Sophomore Fall Sophomore Spring
CHEM 241 CHEM 242 or 243
CHEM 251 (either sem.) CHEM 245 (or CHEM 223 Junior Spring)
PHYS 150 or 170 PHYS 151 or 171
   
Junior Fall Junior Spring
CHEM 221 (Fall only) CHEM 222 (Spring only)
CHEM 451 (Fall only) CHEM 452 (Spring only)
   
Senior Fall Senior Spring
Advanced Courses Advanced Courses
BCHE404a (Fall only) BCHE404b (Spring only)


III. Students, future polymaths, planning second majors in humanities or social science

Freshman Fall Freshman Spring
CHEM 101 or 115 CHEM 102 or 116
CHEM 053* CHEM 054*
MATH 104 MATH 114 or 116
   
Sophomore Fall Sophomore Spring
CHEM 241 CHEM 242 or 243
PHYS 150 or 170 PHYS 151 or 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 postponed or waived.


Note: A biology course is required for Living World sector requirement. Biochemistry majors may satisfy this with a 200 level Biology or BBB course. CHEM 251 overlaps with BIOL 205.