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Biology Majors

Biology Majors:  The minimum chemistry requirement for Biology majors is one year of chemistry. The Biology Department reports, however, that most Biology majors take more than one year of chemistry. The Biology Department recommends that Biology majors interested in the molecular biosciences and/or many health care professions take a full two years of chemistry.

The following tables show suggested courses and the semester in which most students take the course.   Some Biology Majors might opt to start with CHEM 125 and CHEM 201 in the spring semester (as we have offset sections in each semester) or even in your second year.  Although this is possible, fewer sections of these courses will be available in the spring semester. 

Not all biology students need to start taking chemistry courses in the Fall semester of their first year.  It may even be to your advantage to start taking chemistry courses either in the Spring of their first year or in the Fall of their second year.  Go to the following link for our recommendations on when to start.

For Biology majors taking just one year of chemistry

 

Year

Fall (generally) or Spring

Spring

1

OR

2

CHEM 125: intro Chem Struct/Prop (4)
AND
CHEM 201: Purification/Struct Lab 1 (0,1)

CHEM 250: Rx Nucleo/Elect 1 (4) AND
CHEM 202: Purif/Chroma Lab 2 (0,1)
(only if take CHEM 250)
or

CHEM 255: Fund Macro Chem Analy(4)
AND
CHEM 205: Measurement Lab (0,1)

 Most biology majors would opt for CHEM 250 whose content more directly follows  from CHEM 125. 
CHEM 255 offers a mathematical treatment of chemical reactions.

For Biology majors taking two years of chemistry

Year

Fall

Spring

1/2

CHEM 125: intro Chem Struct/Prop (4)

CHEM 250: Rx Nucleo/Elect 1 (4)

CHEM 201: Purification/Struct Lab 1 (0,1)

CHEM 202: Purif/Chroma Lab 2 (0,1)

1/2

CHEM 251: Rx Nucleophile/Elect II (4)

CHEM 255: Fund Macro Chem Analy(4)
  AND
CHEM 205: Measurement Lab (0,1)

 

The Biology Department has decided (September 2012) on the following prerequisites for their upper division courses:

Biology Course

New Chemistry Prerequisites

BIOL 307:
Biology of Microorganisms

CHEM 125, 250

Labs: 201 and 202

BIOL 311: Cell Biology

CHEM 125, 250

Labs: 201 and 202

BIOL 317: Biochemistry

CHEM 125, 250, 25

Labs: 201, 202 and 205

BIOL 318: Molecular Genetics

CHEM 125, 250

Labs: 201 and 202

BIOL 319: Basic Immunology

CHEM 125, 250

Labs: 201 and 202