The biochemistry/molecular biology major is an interdepartmental major offered by the Biology and Chemistry departments that provides students with a strong background in chemistry and biology with an emphasis on molecular aspects. Through selected electives, students may concentrate on specific areas of interest. Students have excellent opportunities within the departments of biology and chemistry to engage in independent research projects. Graduates are prepared to pursue employment in biochemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnological laboratories, and further study in the health professions or graduate research institutions. Note that biochemistry/molecular biology majors may not double major in biology or chemistry.
Thirteen (13) courses are required: nine (9) core courses and four (4) electives. At least seven (7) courses must be at the 300-400 level.
Choose four (4) of the following elective courses.
Students preparing for graduate programs in biology or professional schools, in health-related areas such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or pharmacy, need a thorough introduction to physics and possibly calculus. Therefore, they should take PHY 120 and PHY 121 or 131 and (a) calculus course(s). Students contemplating careers and graduate study in biochemistry or pharmaceutical chemistry should include PHY 120 and PHY 121 or 131, MAT 111 and MAT 112, and a full year of physical chemistry -- CHM 305 and CHM 306.