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Sample four-year program: Biochemistry

This is a sample of a typical class schedule. Your actual schedule may vary depending on your interests, credits previously completed through programs such as AP, post-secondary options, or test scores on math or chemistry placement exams.

Freshman year

Fall semester — 15-17 credits
  • Chem 1021* Chemical Principles I – 4cr
  • Math 1271** Calculus I – 4cr
  • Writ 1301 or 1401 University Writing – 4cr
  • Biol 1905 Freshman Seminar for the Biological Sciences (optional) – 1-3cr
  • BIOL 1805 Nature of Life, year one - .5 cr

* Chem 1015, 1011, or placement exam is the prerequisite to Chem 1021
** Math 1151, 1155, or placement exam is the prerequisite to Math 1271

Spring semester — 17-18 credits
  • Chem 1022 Chemical Principles II – 4cr
  • Biol 2002* Foundations of Biology I – 5cr
  • Math 1272 Calculus II – 4cr
  • Liberal Education Electives – 3-4cr
  • Biol 1020 Biology Colloquium (optional) – 1cr
  • BIOL 1806 Nature of Life, year one - .5 cr

* Chem 1021 is the prerequisite to Biol 2002; Biol 2002 may also be taken fall semester of sophomore year


Sophomore year

Fall semester — 16-17 credits
  • Chem 2301 Organic Chemistry I – 3cr
  • Biol 2003 Foundations of Biology II Lecture – 3cr
  • Biol 2004 Foundations of Biology II Lab – 2cr
  • Phys 1201W or 1301W Physics I – 5-4cr
  • Liberal Education Electives – 3-4cr
  • BIOL 2905 Nature of Life, year two - .5 cr
Spring semester — 15-16 credits
  • Chem 2302 Organic Chemistry II – 3cr
  • Chem 2311 Organic Lab (co-requisite Chem 2302) – 4cr
  • Phys 1202W or 1302W Physics II – 5/4cr
  • Liberal Education Electives – 3-4cr
  • BIOL 2906 Nature of Life, year two - .5 cr

Junior year

Fall semester — 13-15 credits
  • BioC 4331 Biochemistry I: Structure, Catalysis, and Metabolism in Biological Systems – 4cr
  • BioC 3960 Research Topics in Biochemistry – 1cr
  • Liberal Education Electives – 3-4cr
  • Additional courses to equal desired credit load
Spring semester — 13-15 credits
  • Biol 4003 Genetics – 3cr
  • BioC 4521 Introduction to Physical Biochemistry* – 3cr
  • BioC 4025 Laboratory in Biochemistry – 2cr
  • Liberal Education Electives – 3-4cr
  • Additional courses to equal desired credit load

* Optional course - other courses may be used to fulfill Biochemistry major requirements


Senior year

Fall semester — 14-15 credits
  • Biol 4004 Cell Biology – 3cr
  • BioC 4994 Directed Research* – 1-6cr, suggested 3
  • MicB 3301 Biology of Microorganisms – 5cr
  • Liberal Education Electives – 3-4cr
  • Additional courses to equal desired credit load

* Optional course - other courses may be used to fulfill Biochemistry major requirements

Spring semester — 13-15 credits
  • BioC 4332 Biochemistry II: Molecular Mechanisms of Signal Transduction and Gene Expression – 4cr
  • BioC 4794W Directed Research - Writing Intensive* – 1-6cr, suggested 3
  • Biochemistry Elective – 3-5cr
  • Liberal Education Electives – 3-4cr
  • Additional courses to equal desired credit load

* Optional course - other courses may be used to fulfill Biochemistry major requirements