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Biochemistry and Biophysics Undergraduate Major (BS, HBS)

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College of Science | School of Life Sciences


Administered by the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics under the School of Life Sciences.


Accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.



Freshman Year (45)

BI 211, BI 212, BI 213. *Principles of Biology (4,4,4)
CH 231, CH 232, CH 233. *General Chemistry (4,4,4)
   and CH 261, CH 262, CH 263. *Laboratory for Chemistry 231, 232, 233 (1,1,1)
HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)
HHS 241. *Lifetime Fitness (1) or any PAC course (1)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)
MTH 254. Vector Calculus I (4)
WR 121. *English Composition (3)

Sophomore Year (46)

BB/BI 317. ^Scientific Theory and Practice (3)
BI 311. Genetics (4)
CH 334, CH 335, CH 336. Organic Chemistry (3,3,3)
CH 361, CH 362. Experimental Chemistry I (3,3)
MTH 253. Infinite Series and Sequences (4) 
or MTH 256. Applied Differential Equations (4)
or MTH 306. Matrix and Power Series Methods (4)
PH 211, PH 212, PH 213. *General Physics with Calculus (4,4,4)
Electives (8)

Junior Year (44)1

BB 314/BI 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4) [Not required but strongly recommended.] [BI 314 terminated summer 2017]
BB 490. Biochemistry 1: Structure and Function (3)
BB 491. Biochemistry 2: Metabolism (3)
BB 492. Biochemistry 3: Genetic Biochemistry (3)
BB 493. Biochemistry Laboratory Molecular Techniques 1 (3)
   and BB 497. Basic Nucleic Acid and Protein Sequence Analysis (1)
BB 494. Biochemistry Laboratory Molecular Techniques 2 (3)
   and BB 496. Biochemistry Laboratory Molecular Modeling (1)
CH 440, CH 441, CH 442. Physical Chemistry (3,3,3)
Electives (18)

Senior Year (45)

BB 481. Macromolecular Structure (3)
BB 482. Molecular Biophysics (3) [Pending approval 92028]
BB 483. Advanced Biochemistry and Biophysics: Capstone (3)
BB 498. ASBMB Certification Exam (0)
Elective (credits to reach 180 total)

Total=180

 

Sample 4-year Plan:


Year 1 (46 cr)


Fall

BI 211. *Principles of Biology (4)
BB 111. Introduction to Biochemistry and Biophysics Research (1)
CH 231. *General Chemistry (4)
CH 261. *Laboratory for Chemistry 231 (1)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)

Winter

BI 212. *Principles of Biology (4)
CH 232. *General Chemistry (4)
CH 262. *Laboratory for Chemistry 232 (1)
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)
WR 121. *English Composition (3)

Spring

BI 213. *Principles of Biology (4)
CH 233. *General Chemistry (4)
CH 263. *Laboratory for Chemistry 233 (1)
COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)
   or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)
   or COMM 218. *Interpersonal Communication (3)
MTH 254. Vector Calculus (4)

Year 2 (46 cr)


Fall

BB 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
CH 334. Organic Chemistry (3)
PH 211. *General Physics with Calculus (4)
Bacc Core Course (3)

Winter

CH 335. Organic Chemistry (3)
​HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)
PH 212. *General Physics with Calculus (4)
MTH 256. Applied Differential Equations (4)
Bacc Core Course (3)

Spring

BB 317. ^Scientific Theory and Practice (3)
CH 336. Organic Chemistry (3)
PH 213. *General Physics with Calculus (4)
Bacc Core Course (3)
Elective (3)

Year 3 (45 cr)


Fall

BB 490. Biochemistry 1: Structure and Function (3)
CH 361. Experimental Chemistry (3)
CH 440. Physical Chemistry (3)
Bacc Core Course (3)
Electives (3)

Winter

BB 491. Biochemistry 2: Metabolism (3)
CH 362. Experimental Chemistry (3)
CH 441. Physical Chemistry (3)
Bacc Core Course (3)
Electives (3)

Spring

BB 492. Biochemistry 3: Genetic Biochemistry (3)
CH 441. Physical Chemistry (3)
Bacc Core Course (3)
Electives (6)

Year 4 (45 cr)


Fall

BB 481. Macromolecular Structure (3)
BB 493. Biochemistry Laboratory Molecular Techniques 1 (3)
BB 497. Basic Nucleic Acid and Protein Sequence Analysis (1)
Bacc Core Course (3)
Electives (5)

Winter

BB 482. Molecular Biophysics (3)
BB 494. Biochemistry Laboratory Molecular Techniques 2 (3)
BB 496. Biochemistry Laboratory Molecular Modeling (1)
Electives (8)

Spring

BB 483. Advanced Biochemistry and Biophysics: Capstone (3)
BB 498. ASBMB Certification Exam (0)
Bacc Core Course (3) Electives (9)

Total=182


Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)
1 CH 361 and 362 can be taken in the junior year with BB 493, BB 494, BB 496, BB 497 being taken in the senior year



Major Code: 506

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