Major

Biology: any two 120-129 courses, 216, and one of the following: 416, 417, 418, 419, 425 or 433
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 BCMB faculty following arrival to Campus.

Note that the Research requirement for BCMB 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 the University of East Anglia or the University of Queensland).

Option 1      
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
FYS Distribution Math 170 Math 171
Chem 131 Chem 132 Chem 241 Chem 242
Bio 120 level Bio 120 level Bio 216 Distribution
Foreign language Foreign language Foreign Language Distribution
Option 2      
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
FYS Distribution Math 171 Distribution
Chem 141 Math 170 Chem 241 Chem 242
Bio 120 level Bio 120 level Bio 216 Bio 313
Foreign language Foreign language Foreign language Distribution
Option 3      
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
FYS  Bio 120 level Bio 120 level Bio 216
Chem 131 Chem 132 Chem 241 Chem 242
Math 151 Math 170 Math 171 Distribution
Foreign language Foreign language Foreign language Distribution

 

Honors

The BCMB faculty will award honors to a BCMB major based on the entirety of the candidate’s BCMB program. This includes grades in all courses required for the major (and related additional courses in Biology and/or Chemistry) and successful completion of a two semester (or summer and one semester) research experience. A minimum GPA of 3.20 is required in courses counting towards the BCMB major, including transfer (and study abroad) courses that receive BCMB credit.  The Honors research project should be distinguished by the originality and definition of the research problem, the sophistication of the experimental design and its execution, and the analysis and presentation (written and oral) of the results. Generally, Honors reports should be of publishable or near-publishable quality. The Honors Committee will consider all these factors in its recommendation to the Program faculty, and the Program faculty should be cognizant of all these factors when voting on Honors.

For specific guidelines and procedures see the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department web site.

Courses