Degree Programs

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2012-14 Catalog

Bachelor of Science


To receive a B.S. degree, the student must complete:

BIOL 131 and 133 Principles of Biology
BIOL 239 Molecular Genetics and Heredity
BIOL 338 Cell Biology
BIOL 344 Human Physiology or BIOL 334 Comparative Physiology

Two additional 200-300 level biology courses with molecular emphasis chosen from:

BIOL 325 Medical Genetics, BIOL 326 Neuroscience, BIOL 342 Bioinformatics, BIOL 343 Microbiology, BIOL 345 Immunology, BIOL 348 Developmental Biology, BIOL 356 Plant Physiology, CHEM 345 Advanced Biochemistry, BIOL 260 Topics in Biology or BIOL 360 Advanced Topics in Biology, with permission of a program advisor. A course emphasizing topics in genetics (e.g. BIOL 325 Medical Genetics or BIOL 342 Bioinformatics) is strongly recommended.

CHEM 131 and 132 General Chemistry
CHEM 231 and 232 Organic Chemistry
CHEM 320 Biochemistry
CHEM 330 Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 331 and 332 Physical Chemistry
CHEM 333 Spectroscopy Laboratory
CHEM 431 or 432 (432 preferred) Advanced Laboratory

One of the following: 6 credits of BIOL 499 Honors Research or 6 credits selected from one of the biology research courses (BIOL 403 to 460) and BIOL 394 Biology Seminar, BIOL 495-496 Senior Seminar and CHEM 477 Chemistry Major Field Exam.


3 credits of CHEM 378 Chemistry Research, and 1 credit of CHEM 478 Senior Research and Thesis, and four semesters of CHEM 394 Chemistry Seminar.


6 credits of BLCM 460 Advanced Interdisciplinary Research in Biology and Chemistry, and CHEM 477 Chemistry Major Field Exam, and BIOL 394, 495496 or four semesters of CHEM 394.

Research topics must be approved by the departments of Biology and Chemistry.

The Biology Department requires each major to submit a contract to the department listing the courses that will be used to complete the degree. Degree contracts must be approved by the end of the second semester of the junior year, or, in the case of upper-division transfer students, the end of the first semester of residence.

Related Field Requirements

MATH 121-122 or MATH 118, 119, 122
PHYS 220 and 221 (or PHYS 231 and 232)



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