• Biochemistry Major (BS)

    Major Requirements

    Biology (4 courses):

    General Chemistry (1 or 2 courses):

    Students must complete either General Chemistry I and II or Advanced General Chemistry.

    Chemistry (4 courses):

    • or

    Biochemistry (2 courses):

    Mathematics (3 courses):

    Physics (2 courses):


    Choose one of the following research options:

    • BIOC/BIOL/CHEM 5970 - Independent Study
    • BIOC/BIOL/CHEM 4010 - Collaborative Research

    5000-level Elective (1 course):

    Choose one of the following.

    Additional Elective (1 course):

    Choose an additional course from the 5000-level listing above or one course in biology, chemistry, math, or physics at the 3000-level or higher. Suggested courses are listed below.

    Seminar Requirement:

    Biochemistry students must complete four semesters of either biology seminar (BIOL 5961-5964) or chemistry seminar (three semesters of CHEM 5950 and CHEM 5960 in the final semester). Students may be able to mix biology and chemistry seminar experiences across the four semesters, but must end with either  BIOL 5964 or CHEM 5960.

    • (three semesters)


    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.