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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. (Italicized courses are prerequisite to required upper level courses.) 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-101/ -101L General Chemistry I and Laboratory
  • CHM-102/ -102L General Chemistry II and Laboratory
  • MTH-145 Calculus II
  • BIO-145 Cellular and Molecular Biology/BIO-140 Introduction to Biology Laboratory
  • BIO-155/ -150 Organismal and Ecological Biology and Laboratory

Second Year

  • PHY-215,-210 General Physics I & Laboratory
  • PHY-225/ -220 General Physics II & 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/ -340 Techniques in Molecular Biology and Laboratory
  • CHM-431/ -431L Biochemistry and Laboratory
  • CHM-705 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-715 Seminar in Chemistry II