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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Major (BS, CRED, HBS)

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College of Science | School of Life Sciences


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Advanced Molecular Biology
Computational Molecular Biology
Pre-Medicine/Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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


The BS degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provides a degree path centered on the molecular basis of living systems with training in molecular genetics, biochemistry, and cell biology, as well as in rapidly developing areas such as bioinformatics. Majors must select an option either in Advanced Molecular Biology, Computational Molecular Biology, or Pre-medicine/Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The first two options are designed for students interested in careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries or graduate work in the molecular life sciences, with the second especially well-suited for students interested in computational aspects of molecular biology. The third option is ideal for students interested in careers in medicine and related health professions. Students majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology cannot seek a double major in Biochemistry and Biophysics, Biology, Biohealth Sciences, Botany, Microbiology or Zoology.

Completion of an option is required to earn a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.



Students are required to achieve a C– or better in the following courses (or their honors counterparts) required for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major:

BI 211, BI 212, BI 213, CH 231/CH 261, CH 232/CH 262 and CH 233/CH 263, MTH 251, MTH 252.

Core

BB 111. Introduction to Biochemistry and Biophysics Research (1)
BB 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
BB 315. Molecular Biology Lab (3) [WIC status removed fall 2017]
BB 317. ^Scientific Theory and Practice (3)
BB 481. Macromolecular Structure (3)
BB 486. Advanced Molecular Genetics (capstone) (3)
BB 490. Biochemistry 1: Structure and Function (3)
BB 491. Biochemistry 2: Metabolism (3)
BB 492. Biochemistry 3: Genetic Biochemistry (3)
BB 494. Biochemistry Laboratory Molecular Techniques 2 (3)
BB 498. ASBMB Certification Exam (0)
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)
CH 334, CH 335, CH 336. Organic Chemistry (3,3,3)
CH 337. Organic Chemistry Lab (4)
   ​or CH 324. Quantitative Analysis (4)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)
PH 201, PH 202, PH 203. *General Physics (5,5,5)
ST 351. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)

Total Credits=96


Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

 

Sample Four-Year Plan: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Selection of one option is required.

Year 1 (44 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)
WR 121. *English Composition (3)

Winter

BI 212. *Principles of Biology (4)
CH 232. *General Chemistry (4)
CH 262. *Laboratory for Chemistry 232 (1)
​HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)

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 252.  Integral Calculus (4)

Year 2 (44 cr)


Fall

BB 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
CH 334. Organic Chemistry (3)
PH 201. *General Physics (5)
Bacc Core Course (3)  

Winter

CH 335. Organic Chemistry (3)
PH 202. *General Physics (5)
ST 351. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
Bacc Core Course (3)  

Spring

BB 317. ^Scientific Theory and Practice (3)
CH 336. Organic Chemistry (3)
PH 203. *General Physics (5)
BB 315. ^Molecular Biology Laboratory (3)

Year 3 (47 cr)


Fall

BB 490. Biochemistry 1: Structure and Function (3)
CH 337. Organic Chemistry Laboratory (4)
Bacc Core Course (3)  
Option Course (3)
Electives (3)

Winter

BB 491. Biochemistry 2: Metabolism (3)
CH 324. Quantitative Analysis (4)
Bacc Core Course (3)  
Option Course (3)
Electives (3)

Spring

BB 492. Biochemistry 3: Genetic Biochemistry (3)
Bacc Core Course (6)  
Option Course (3)
Electives (3)

Year 4 (45 cr)


Fall

BB 481. Macromolecular Structure (3)
Bacc Core Course (3)  
Option Course (6)
Electives (3)

Winter

BB 494. Biochemistry Laboratory Molecular Techniques 2 (3)
Bacc Core Course (3)  
Option Course (3)
Electives (6)

Spring

BB 486. Advanced Molecular Genetics (3)
BB 498. ASBMB Certification Exam (0) 
Option Course (3)
Electives (9)

Total=180



Major Code: 971

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