Major Requirements

There are 48 credits required for this major fulfilled by Biology, Chemistry, and BMB courses: Students will need to take at least two courses from these requirements each semester for adequate progress in the major.  The major requirements are:


Foundation Courses

Chemistry: 16 credits

  • CHM111+111L: College Chemistry 1
  • CHM122 and 122L: Organic Chemistry 1
    OR CHM 123 and 123L: Honors Organic Chemistry
  • CHM223+223L: Organic Chemistry
  • CHM280+280L: College Chemistry 2

Biology: 16 or 11 credits

For students graduating in 2020 or 2021

  • BIO113 +113L: Ecology and Evolution
  • BIO114 +114L: Comparative Physiology
  • BIO213 +213L: Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • BIO214 +214L: Cell Biology

 

 

For students graduating after 2021

  • BIO150 +150L: Biology 1
  • BIO160 +160L: Biology 2
  • BIO265: Cellular and Molecular Biology

These foundational courses should be completed by the end of the sophomore year.  CHM111 is only offered in the fall, so students should enroll in this course during the fall of their first year or plan to take some chemistry in summer school.  All four biology courses are offered each semester during the academic year, but are infrequently taught in the summer.  Please note that BIO265, CHM223, and CHM280 are prerequisites for upper level courses listed below.


Upper-level Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Requirements: (12 or 15 credits)

Two semesters of Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology lecture courses fulfilled by:

For students graduating in 2020 or 2021

  1. BMB/BIO/CHM370: Biochemistry I: Macromolecules and Metabolism – 3 credits
  2. BMB372/BIO372 OR BMB373/CHM373
    1. BMB372/BIO372: Advanced Molecular Biology – 3 credits
    2. BMB373/CHM373: Biochemistry II – 3 credits

For students graduating after 2021

  1. BMB/BIO/CHM370: Biochemistry I: Macromolecules and Metabolism – 3 credits
  2. BMB372/BIO370 AND BMB373/CHM373
    1. BMB372/BIO372: Advanced Molecular Biology – 3 credits
    2. BMB373/CHM373: Biochemistry II – 3 credits

— Two laboratory courses fulfilled by:

  1. BMB/BIO/CHM371L: Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory-1.5 credits
  2. BMB372L/BIO372L: Molecular Biology Laboratory-1.5 credits
    OR BIO376: Methods in Molecular Genetics – 4 credits

— BMB388: Senior Seminar in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – 1 credit

— BMB395: Senior Research Project – 2 credits


Research Experience Requirements:

— Two semesters or summers of research fulfilled with either:

BMB391/BIO391/CHM391 + BMB392/BIO392/CHM392, 0.5-2 credits each)

OR BMB390 (Off campus research experience), 0-2 credits


Co-requisites:

MST112: Calculus with Analytical Geometry II and PHY113 and PHY114: General Physics I and II

Two elective courses (some of which are taught infrequently):

Concentration in Molecular Biology: Choose any two courses from among the list of electives below.

Concentration in Biochemistry: Choose EITHER BMB376 OR CHM341 and one additional elective course.


Elective Courses:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology courses (BMB)

301: Special Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (3h)

376: Biophysical Chemistry (3h) (also listed as CHM376)

381: Epigenetics (3h) (also listed as BIO381)

382: Molecular Signaling (3h) (also listed as BIO382)

Biology courses (BIO)

317/318: Plant Physiology and Development (3h/4h)

336/337: Development (3h/4h)

351: Vertebrate Physiology (4h)

362: Immunology (3h)

365: Biology of the Cell (3h)

367: Virology (3h)

368/369: Cell Biological Basis of Disease (3h/4h)

373: Cancer Biology (3h)

383: Genomics (3h)(also listed as BMB383)

384: Molecular Evolution (3h)

Chemistry courses (CHM)

324: Medicinal Chemistry (3h)

334: Chemical Analysis (4h)

341: Physical Chemistry (3h)

Computer Science courses (CSC)

385: Bioinformatics (3h)(also listed as BIO385)

387: Computational Systems Biology (3h)(also listed as BIO387)

Physics courses (PHY)

307: Biophysics (3h)(also listed as BIO307)

320: Physics of Biological Macromolecules (3h)