• Biochemistry Major

    Major Requirements

    The biochemistry major consists of 17 courses plus seminar and an independent research project.

    Required Courses

    General Chemistry

    • or







    One from the following list of courses:

    One Additional Course

    Choose one additional course from the list above or from one of the following:      

    •      One 5000-level math, biology, or physics course or
    •      One 3000-level course (e.g. digital electronics, programming); students must obtain permission from program director

    Seminar Requirement:

    Biochemistry students must complete four semesters of either biology seminar (BIOL 5950 and BIOL 5951) or chemistry seminar (CHEM 5950).

    • (three semesters)
    • Or
    • (one semester)
    • (four semesters)

    Independent Research Project Requirement:

    BIOC 5970: Independent Study or BIOC 4010: Collaborative Research or written documentation of an appropriate independent research project from the program directors.


    BIOC, BIOL, and CHEM courses listed above count as inside the major and do not qualify for breadth of study. BIOL and CHEM courses taken as preparation or electives do count for breadth of study.