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Course Requirements

Course Requirements

The concentration in biochemistry includes completion of a degree in chemistry in addition to coursework in biology. This combination of courses and laboratories is excellent preparation for graduate study in biochemistry, molecular biology and associated areas. It also provides an excellent foundation for medical school and other health-related programs or for employment in the biotechnology industry.

Four-Year Plan

The following represents one of many paths you can take to complete a major in biochemistry. Note that students typically take four courses per semester for a total of eight each year. Check the Coe catalog to review all of your options.

First Year

  • CHM-121/ -121L General Chemistry I and Laboratory
  • CHM-122/ -122L General Chemistry II and Laboratory
  • MTH-145 Calculus II
  • BIO-145/ -145L Cellular and Molecular Biology and Laboratory
  • BIO-155/ -155L Organismal and Ecological Biology and Laboratory

Second Year

  • PHY-185/ -185L General Physics I and Laboratory
  • PHY-195/ -195L General Physics II and Laboratory
  • CHM-211/ -211L Analytical Chemistry and Laboratory
  • CHM-221 Organic Chemistry I
  • BIO-235/ -230 Genetics and Genetics and Laboratory

Third Year

  • CHM-321 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM-322 Organic Laboratory
  • BIO-345/ -345L Techniques in Molecular Biology and Laboratory
  • CHM-431/ -431L Biochemistry and Laboratory
  • CHM-464 Seminar in Chemistry I

Fourth Year

  • CHM-341/ -341L Physical Chemistry I and Laboratory
  • CHM-432/ -432L Protein Biochemistry
  • BIO-405 Current Topics in Molecular Biology
  • CHM-474 Seminar in Chemistry II