The B.S. with a Major in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

The bachelor of science with a major in biochemistry & molecular biology is administered jointly by faculty in the Biology and Chemistry Departments. This degree provides a background for those interested in professional work in the life science disciplines where an understanding of events at the molecular level is essential. Course work leaves students prepared for graduate study in a variety of biochemistry and molecular biology related disciplines as well as for programs in the health professions.

A core of courses includes offerings in chemistry and in biology. Choosing from a list of 11 courses in chemistry and biology, students take a minimum of nine additional credits of major electives. With major electives ranging from Physical Chemistry to Plant Physiology, students follow their own interests and develop their passions for disciplines under the biochemistry and molecular biology umbrella.

The four-year outline shown below shows the 60 credit hours of courses required for the degree. The courses are listed in the years that most students take the courses, but students often take some of the courses at other times.

Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Science with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Required courses:

BCMB 401 Molecular Biology
BCMB 401L Molecular Biology Laboratory
BCMB 421 Biochemistry I
BCMB 422 Biochemistry II
BCMB 430 Biochemistry Laboratory
BCMB 499 Biochemistry Seminar
BIO 111 General Biology I
BIO 111L General Biology I Laboratory
BIO 112 General Biology II
BIO 112L General Biology II Laboratory
BIO 201 Genetics
BIO 201L Genetics Laboratory
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I
CHM 112 Principles of Chemistry II
CHM 115 Techniques of Chemistry I
CHM 116 Techniques of Chemistry II
CHM 213 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 214 Organic Chemistry II
CHM 215 Organic Laboratory I
CHM 216 Organic Laboratory II
MAS 161 Calculus I


One of the following physics sequences:

PHY 103 General College Physics I
PHY 103L General College Physics I Laboratory
PHY 104 General College Physics II
PHY 104L General College Physics II Laboratory



PHY 111 Principles of Physics I

PHY 111L Principles of Physics I Laboratory
PHY 112 Principles of Physics II
PHY 112L Principles of Physics II Laboratory

Total: 51 credits

Nine credits from the following:

BIO 231 Neurobiology
BIO 231L Neurobiology Laboratory
BIO 304 Developmental Biology
BIO 304L Developmental Biology Laboratory
BIO 305 Cell and Tissue Biology
BIO 305L Cell and Tissue Biology Laboratory
BIO 306 Microbiology
BIO 306L Microbiology Laboratory
BIO 307 Plant Physiology
BIO 307L Plant Physiology Laboratory
BIO 322 Vertebrate Physiology
BIO 322L Vertebrate Physiology Laboratory
BIO 323 Introduction to Immunology
BIO 323L Introduction to Immunology Laboratory
CHM 305 Analytical Chemistry
CHM 306 Instrumental Analysis
CHM 307 Quantitative Analysis Lab
CHM 308 Instrumental Analysis Lab
CHM 311 Physical Chemistry I


Total: 60 to 63 credits.

Students majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology cannot also double major in Biology.