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Biochemistry

Program of Study

Today, it is impossible to be considered a fully competent biologist or chemist without some grounding in what has come to be called "biochemistry." Even if your interests lay in developing new high-strength composites for the space program or studying predator-prey relationships in the jungles of Madagascar, you still need to know something of the molecules which are unique to living systems and how they are made, interact, and break down.

But what if you are interested in those very molecules: what they are, what they do, and how they do it? Should you study biology, to better appreciate their roles in living organisms and the larger living world? Or should you study chemistry, so that you can understand their structure and function? The answer, of course, is "Yes." You need to become well-grounded in both of the traditional disciplines of biology and chemistry in order to be able to tackle such questions.

The major in biochemistry includes 14 course units. Below, you'll find two possible course schedules for students in the Biochemistry program. There are other possibilities—these are simply intended to give students some idea of how the major might be constructed. Note: prerequisites determine certain course sequences; if considering an alternate sequence, students should be sure to consult with their academic advisors.

Suggested Schedules

There is no single arrangement of courses required for the Biochemistry major; here are two possibilities:

  Fall   Spring
Freshman Year  CHEM113 (General Chemistry I)   CHEM114 (General Chemistry II) 
  MATH170 (Calculus I)   MATH171 (Calculus II)
      BIOL111 (Foundations of Biology)
Sophomore Year CHEM211 (Organic Chemistry I)   CHEM212 (Organic Chemistry II)
  BIOL210 (Genetics)    CHEM220.2 (Research Methods)
      Biochemistry Elective
Junior Year BIOL/CHEM327 (Biochemistry I)    BIOL/CHEM328 (Biochemistry II)
  PHYS111 (Introductory Physics I)   PHYS112 (Introductory Physics II) 
Senior Year CHEM331 (Physical Chemistry I)   BIOL365 (Advanced Genetics) 
  BIOL/CHEM375.2 (Biochemistry Seminar)    

 

  Fall   Spring
Freshman Year  CHEM113 (General Chemistry I)   CHEM114 (General Chemistry II) 
  MATH170 (Calculus I)   MATH171 (Calculus II)
Sophomore Year CHEM211 (Organic Chemistry I)   CHEM212 (Organic Chemistry II)
  PHYS111 (Introductory Physics I)   PHYS112 (Introductory Physics II) 
  BIOL111 (Foundations of Biology)   CHEM220.2 (Research Methods)
Junior Year BIOL/CHEM327 (Biochemistry I)    BIOL/CHEM328 (Biochemistry II)
  BIOL210 (Genetics)   BIOL365 (Advanced Genetics)
Senior Year CHEM331 (Physical Chemistry I)   Biochemistry Elective
  BIOL/CHEM375.2 (Biochemistry Seminar)