The Biology and Chemistry departments offer a joint major to those students interested in both biology and chemistry. This is a rigorous major that is designed for students that are truly interested in biology and chemistry.
The Biochemistry major consists of core courses from the biology and chemistry departments, cognates in math and physics, and a capstone seminar experience. The required biology courses include BIOL 167, 212, 220, 232, 236 and a 300-level cell/molecular biology course. The required chemistry courses include CHEM 110, 240, 241, 280, 320, 448 and 449.
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Requirements for the Major (B.S.)
disciplinary, 17 courses
The required Biology courses are BIOL 167, BIOL 212, BIOL 220, BIOL 232, BIOL 236 and one 300-level cell/molecular biology course. The required Chemistry courses are CHEM 110, CHEM 240, CHEM 241, CHEM 280, CHEM 320, CHEM 448 and CHEM 449. Other required courses are MATH 130, MATH 131, PHYS 150 and PHYS 160. All biochemistry majors complete a capstone senior thesis.
BIOL 167 Introductory Topics in Biology
BIOL 212 Biostatistics
BIOL 220 General Genetics
BIOL 232 Cell Biology
BIOL 236 Evolution
BIOL 302 Immunology
BIOL 335 Molecular Biology
BIOL 341 Developmental Biology
CHEM 110 Introduction to General Chemistry
CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 280 Intermediate General Chemistry
CHEM 320 Physical Chemistry
CHEM 448 Biochemistry I
CHEM 449 Biochemistry II
The Biochemistry Senior Thesis is a capstone experience that integrates knowledge learned in previous biology and chemistry courses. Students will write their senior thesis in the context of a 300 or 400-level course within the major, independent study with a biochemistry faculty member, or writing project proposed by a biochemistry faculty member. Students will conduct a primary literature search and write an approximately 20 page, well-referenced paper that incorporates the following elements: 1) a review of the research to date, and 2) a detailed description of where the student believes the research should go next.