2017-2018 University Catalogue 
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2017-2018 University Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry Major

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For more information about the department, honors/high honors, transfer credit, etc., visit the chemistry department  page.

Major Requirements

The major program consists of the following requirements:

General Chemistry Option

The following two courses:

Biochemistry of Gene Expression

Integrated Laboratory Course

At least one CHEM 380-series integrated laboratory course:

Half-Semester Courses

At least one course credit from the half-semester courses:


Independent Studies (CHEM 291 , CHEM 391 , CHEM 491 ) may not normally be substituted for one of the courses listed in the above requirements, but if it can be demonstrated that such a course provides sufficient breadth at the advanced level, the department will consider a petition for substitution.

Additional Requirements

Calculus Course Option

At least one course from the following:

Seminar Series

Junior and senior majors are expected to attend a weekly seminar series at which students, faculty, and guests present topics from the current literature and their own research.

GPA Requirement

An overall GPA of at least 2.00 is required for the chemistry and biology courses (and associated labs) chosen to meet major requirements.


Those who wish to major in biochemistry normally take CHEM 101 /CHEM 101L  and CHEM 102 /CHEM 102L  (or CHEM 111 /CHEM 111L ) and the necessary math courses in the first year. The standard sophomore courses are CHEM 263 /CHEM 263L  and CHEM 264 /CHEM 264L , plus the year of introductory physics or BIOL 182 /BIOL 182L  (formerly BIOL 212/212L). Typically, juniors will take CHEM 353  and CHEM 385  in the fall or spring semester, and CHEM 336  in the spring semester. Students can elect to take either CHEM 371 /CHEM 381  in the fall term or CHEM 214  and a CHEM 380-series integrated laboratory course CHEM 381 , CHEM 382  or CHEM 384  in the spring semester. Seniors take CHEM 481 , CHEM 482  along with one course credit from CHEM 452 , CHEM 454 , or CHEM 468 .

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