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Biochemistry

Program Director: Barbara May

This interdisciplinary major entails the study of the structure, synthesis, properties and regulation of biomolecules. Cellular, organ, and organismal processes are examined through the study of the complex molecular networks that comprise and regulate them. As such, biochemistry has strong components from the fields of both biology and chemistry. This major is especially appropriate for those who intend to pursue careers in any of the medical fields, graduate education in biochemistry, medical research or employment in the biotechnology industry.

The Chemistry Department is in the midst of a major change in its curriculum that will result in changes in the required courses for biochemistry majors. Please consult the latest on-line version of the course catalog for these changes.

For students enrolled in Fall 2011 and after:
Required Courses (awaiting final approval): (62-66 credits)
BIOL 121, 221, 311, 317, and 318 (all with attached labs)
CHEM 125, 250, 251,255, 315 (approved), and two, 2-credit CHEM XXX (pending approval) taken from the following choices: Chemical Biology, Bioanalytical Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry OR equivalent courses approved by the Chemistry department; CHEM 201, 202, 203 and 205 (0 or 1 credit labs)
BCHM 317 (same as BIOL 317;  Students enroll in BIOL 317 which will be changed to BCHM 317 by the Registrar's office),  375, and XXX (1 credit)
PHYS 191, 200 or 105, 106
MATH 119, 120

For students enrolled in Fall 2011 and after:
Required Courses (awaiting final approval): (62-66 credits)
BIOL 121, 221, 311, 317, and 318 (all with attached labs)
CHEM 125, 250, 251,255, 315 (approved), and two, 2-credit CHEM XXX (pending approval) taken from the following choices: Chemical Biology, Bioanalytical Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry OR equivalent courses approved by the Chemistry department; CHEM 201, 202, 203 and 205 (0 or 1 credit labs)
BCHM 317 (same as BIOL 317;  Students enroll in BIOL 317 which will be changed to BCHM 317 by the Registrar's office),  375, and XXX (1 credit)
PHYS 191, 200 or 105, 106
MATH 119, 120

Special Requirements:
Student must enroll in BCHM XXX and fulfill the requirement by taking either the Biology or Chemistry Major Field Assessment Test (MFAT) in the spring of their senior year. 

Minor (None)

Courses (BCHM)