Degree Requirements

Requirements for Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry

  1. PHYS 121, 122
  2. MATH 180, 181, 280
  3. CHEM 115, 230; or CHEM 110, 120, 231;
  4. CHEM 250, 251, 340, 460, 461;
  5. BIO 111, 212, 213
  6. One of CHEM 330, 341 or 420
  7. One unit of a 300- or 400-level CHEM or BIOL elective (BIOL 361 may not be used to satisfy this requirement).

For more detailed information, please see Chemistry Requirements.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Completion of a minimum of 16 units of Biology and supporting courses to include:

  1. Four units in Biology: BIOL 111, 212, 213, 404
  2. First-year Chemistry: CHEM 110, 120 OR 115, 230
  3. Organic Chemistry: CHEM 250, 251
  4. Biochemistry: CHEM 460, 461 (Students who satisfy the first-year chemistry requirement with CHEM 110 and 120 must also complete CHEM 231 prior to enrolling in CHEM 460)
  5. Two units of Mathematics: MATH 180, 181; MATH 260 may substitute for MATH 181
  6. Two units of analytical science from the following: PHYS 111/112 or 121/122; MATH 150 or higher; CSCI 141 or higher;
  7. Two additional units in Biology, one of which must be at the 300 or 400 level (excluding 398), and which can include one unit of research credit (BIOL 390, 490, or 491). Students with an interest in evolutionary, environmental, or ecological applications of molecular biology should strongly consider BIOL 112 and 360 as their electives. Students may not use BIOL 361 to satisfy this requirement.

For more detailed information, please see Biology Requirements.

Note: The biology department offers Biochemical Pathways and Processes (BIOL 361), a one-semester biochemistry course. This will not count toward the Biochemistry or Molecular and Cellular Biology degrees, but is available to all other students who are interested in biochemistry and have the proper prerequisites.