- Fifty-six core credits which must include BIO-121 and 204; CHM-115, 223, 224, 230, and 331 or 332; MTH-121 and 122; PHY-112-113 or 121-122; BCM-321, 422 and 430.
- Eight elective credits, with labs, from the subject areas designated below:
- Four credits of 300-level or above lab coursework in CHM or BCM. CHM-320, 331,332, 411, or other-department-approved course.
- Four credits of 300-level or above lab coursework in BIO or IPH. BIO-301, 307, 308, 319, 320, 330; IPH 401, or other department-approved course.
- If student completes BCM-499, then other department-approved courses may be used to satisfy the above elective requirements.(Ex: 4 credits of CHM-310, 311, 312, 313, or 314 plus 1 credit of BCM 499; BIO-333, 360, IPH-340 plus 1 credit of BCM-499.
- Successful completion of the departmental Senior Comprehensive Examination.
- Potential majors are advised to schedule MTH-121 and 122 and PHY-112 and 113 or 121 and 122 in the freshman and sophomore years so they may take CHM-331 or 332 in the junior year.
- Take note that BCM-422 and 430 are offered in the winter term of alternating years.
- This is an excellent major for pre-medical students, but additional electives are strongly advised.
- Students bound for graduate school should make careful course selections to support their area of emphasis. Additional course work in biology, chemistry and mathematics is desirable. It is strongly-advised that participation in research begin at least in the Junior year.
- Completion of an independent research project culminating in a senior thesis is encouraged.
- Students who declare a Biochemistry major may not elect a second major in Chemistry.
Four credits from BCM, with the exception of practicum or independent study courses, count towards the Distributive Requirements in the Natural Sciences — Life Sciences.
- BCM180.Topics in Biochemistry1-4PermissionTopics vary. Previous offerings have included “Genes and Society” (4 cr) for non-science majors, and the lab-only “Introduction to Molecular Genetics” (1 cr) for science majors seeking a peer-mentored experience. Laboratory. Course fee.
- BCM*319.Toxicology4BIO-121 and CHM-230An introduction to Toxicology. Topics include general principles, toxicodynamics and kinetics, metabolism and biochemical mechanisms, system and organismal responses, testing guidelines, analytical methods, and case studies (clinical and environmental). Laboratory. Course fee.
- BCM*321.Biochemistry4BIO-121, CHM-224 and CHM-230Overview of the major topics of biochemistry including the chemistry, structure, function, biological activity and molecular mechanisms of the major biological macromolecules. Introduction to bioenergetics and central metabolic pathways. Laboratory. Course fee.
- BCM*422.Advanced Biochemistry4BCM-321Further study of intermediary metabolism through the use of historical and current research articles. Introduction to biophysical methods. Emphasis on experimental design, data analysis and integration of biochemical information. Laboratory. Course fee. (Offered Winter, Odd numbered years)
- BCM*430.Molecular Genetics4BCM-321 and BIO-204Study of the transmission of information at the molecular level and the techniques used in gene analysis. Topics include gene structure and function, gene expression, genetic mobility, genomics, transgenics and recombinant DNA methodology. Laboratory. Course fee. (Offered Winter, Even numbered years)
- BCM*499.Biochemistry Independent Study1-4Independent research in biochemistry resulting in a written report. Course fee.
- BCM*500.Senior Thesis4PermissionIndependent laboratory research of an original problem resulting in a thesis and public presentation. Required for departmental honors. Course fee.
- BIO121.General Cell Biology4Study of basic biological processes, mostly at the cellular level, including the chemical basis of life, cellular structure and function, heredity, reproduction and the genetic basis of evolution. Required for BIO, BCM, BTC, and IPHS majors. Laboratory. Course fee.
- BIO*204.Genetics4BIO-121 and Sophomore StandingThe mechanics of inheritance at the molecular and cellular levels and the relationship of this phenomenon to gene action, organismal development, population changes and evolution. Laboratory. Course fee.
- BIO*308.Microbiology4Junior or Senior Standing or PermissionSurvey of the bacteria, viruses and other protists emphasizing their structure, physiology, systematics, ecology and genetics. Focuses on microbes important to humans including disease and the immune response. Laboratory. Course fee.
- CHM115.Chemical Analysis4MTH-110 or PlacementIntroduction to the basic principles of chemistry in a context of chemical analysis. Intended for students in the sciences. Includes the periodic table, elements, ionic and covalent compounds, stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, gases, pH and acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions. DR and academic credit will only be awarded to one of CHM-103 or CHM-115. Laboratory. Course fee.
- CHM*223.Organic Chemistry I4CHM-115Study of the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds, emphasizing the various functional groups and their transformations, reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry, and the development of synthetic schemes. Laboratory. Course fee.
- CHM*224.Organic Chemistry II4CHM-115, 223Study of the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds, emphasizing the various functional groups and their transformations, reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry, and the development of synthetic schemes. Laboratory. Course fee.
- CHM*230.Inorganic Chemistry4CHM-224 or PermissionStudy of the chemistry of the metals and non-metals emphasizing periodic behavior, elementary thermodynamics, ionic and covalent structures, oxidation and reduction reactions, acid-base chemistry, equilibria, transition metal complexes and reaction kinetics. Laboratory. Course fee.
- CHM*331.Chemical Thermodynamics4CHM-230, MTH-122 and PHY-113 or 122The laws of thermodynamics are applied to chemical mixtures and reactions, and the principles of statistical mechanics are used to derive these laws from the behavior of single molecules. Laboratory. Course fee.
- CHM*332.Quantum Chemistry4CHM-230, MTH-122 and PHY-113 or 122The principles of quantum mechanics are used to describe the structure of atoms and molecules and their spectroscopic properties. The kinetics of chemical reactions are studied and rate laws are derived. Laboratory. Course fee.
- MTH121.Calculus I4MTH-112 or Pre-Calculus in High SchoolIntroduction to the calculus of one variable. Includes limits and continuity, the derivative and applications, the integral and applications, infinite series and sequences. (Part I of II)
- MTH122.Calculus II4MTH-121Introduction to the calculus of one variable. Includes limits and continuity, the derivative and applications, the integral and applications, infinite series and sequences. (Part II of II)
- PHY121.Introduction to Physics I4MTH-113 or MTH-121 previously or concurrentlyCalculus-based treatment of one and two-dimensional mechanics, vectors, force, work, energy, momentum, torque, and static equilibrium. Offered every Fall. Laboratory. Course fee.
- PHY122.Introduction to Physics II4PHY-121Continuation of PHY 121. Topics include oscillations and waves, sound, Doppler effect, introductory electricity and magnetism, introductory optics. Offered every Winter. Laboratory. Course fee.