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Biochemistry

The Biochemistry major focuses on life processes at the molecular level, with emphasis on the biochemistry and molecular biology of cellular systems in  simple and complex organisms. The curriculum is designed for students seeking preparation for graduate studies, for the health-care professions, or for entry-level positions in science-related industries. This interdisciplinary major in Biochemistry draws upon the resources of the departments of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Students majoring in Biochemistry select schedules in consultation with a faculty advisor to include the following required courses: General Biology (103-104), Genetics (327), Cell Biology (333), Biochemistry (336), Selected Topics in Biochemistry (341); General Chemistry (130-131), Organic Chemistry (250-251) Analytical Chemistry II (310), Physical Chemistry I (280); Calculus (170-180) General Physics (121-122) or Classical Physics (131-132). Students are encouraged to obtain research experience through enrollment in either Directed Research in Biology (BI421-422 or BI423), Research and Seminar in Chemistry (420-421) and/or Biology Internships (450, 451, and/or 452). Should a student opt not to engage in one of the above research experiences, he/she must enroll in one additional non-introductory level laboratory course offering from either the Biology or Chemistry Department.

Following the sophomore year, a student may investigate additional areas of personal interest by selecting elective courses from among the following: Biology 318, 330, 334, 345; Chemistry 270, 281, 370, 340, 360. Other courses available to Biology and Chemistry majors may be chosen with the approval of the Biology Department Chair.

Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017


Please refer to the College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond


Freshman Year
Conversatio I Conversatio II
English composition / Core English composition / Core
Chemistry 130 Chemistry 131
Biology 103 Biology 104
Sophomore Year
Language I / Elective Language II / Elective
Math 170 Math 180
Biology 327 Biology 333
Chemistry 250 Chemistry 251
Junior Year
Language III Core
Core Core
Biology 336 Biology 341
Physics 121 or 131 Physics 122 or 132
Senior Year
Core Core
Core Core / Eective
Elective / Chemistry 280 Elective / Chemistry 310
Biology 421 / Chemisty 420 Biology 422 / Chemistry 421