Major

Biology: any two 120-129 courses, 216, and one of the following: 417, 418, 419, or 425
Chemistry: 131, 132, 241, and 242 (OR 141, 241, 242); Elective: 490 (depending upon topic)
Biology/Chemistry 342,343; Elective: Biology 313, 326 or Chemistry 244
Mathematics: 170, 171 or 151, 170, 171 (depending upon Math placement)
Physics: 131 or 141, 132 or 142

All Biochemistry & Molecular Biology majors are required to include a research experience as part of their undergraduate program. This requirement may be satisfied in the following ways:

  1. an independent research project in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  2. a student/faculty collaborative research project in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  3. on off-campus internship for credit in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  4. a research experience not covered by the above but deemed equivalent by the contributing faculty

In addition to the required course work, a number of other relevant courses are taught by the Biology and Chemistry departments, and it is recommended that students explore these offerings in order to broaden their expertise and investigate specific topics appropriate to their own interests.

Suggested curricular flow through the major

There are several approaches for completion of the major; the flexibility is provided to enable students to study abroad. That being said, it is very important to start Chemistry during the first semester (based on placement scores in Chemistry and in Math). In addition to CHEM 131 or 141, interested students should take either a Math class or a Biology 120-level course.

If starting Chemistry during the first semester of college is not recommended (based on Math placement), then interested students should take MATH 151 during the first year (first semester if possible, so MATH 170 could be taken in Spring of the first year). Students also should complete the BIOL 120-level coursework during the first year (one BIOL class in each semester).

Therefore, during the first year, students are encouraged to complete four science/math courses towards the major; as noted above, initiating Chemistry during the Fall semester of the first year is the best approach (depending on the Math and Chemistry placement test results).

For more details in terms of planning the academic program after the first semester, it is helpful to get advice from B&MB faculty following arrival to Campus.

Note that the Research requirement for B&MB can be fulfilled on-campus during a semester (BCMB 560 - Student-Faculty Research), on-campus during a summer, or off-campus (typically during a summer, but some students have performed research when studying abroad at UEA or UQ).

Courses