Feb 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalogue 
2023-2024 Catalogue

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, BA and BS

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The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major focuses on life processes at the molecular level, with emphasis on the biochemistry and molecular biology of cellular systems in simple and complex organisms. The curriculum is designed for students seeking preparation for graduate studies, for the health-care professions, or for entry-level positions in science-related industries. This interdisciplinary major draws upon the resources of the departments of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Major requirements for the BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology:

Students majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology select schedules in consultation with a faculty advisor to include the following required courses:


  • Should a student opt not to engage in one of the above research experiences, he/she must enroll in one additional non-introductory level laboratory course offering from either the Biology or Chemistry Department.
  • Students must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination. The examination is the American Chemical Society Biochemistry test and is administered twice annually, once in November and once in February.

Major requirements for the BS in Biochemistry:

Students majoring in the BS in Biochemistry must complete the required courses for the BA listed above and the additional courses below for the American Chemical Society Certified Biochemistry Degree:

Course Sequence Outline

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year




See Biological Sciences Overview  for additional information.

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