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Goals and Requirements for Majors

Goals for Majors

A student who successfully completes a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will possess the ability to:

  • demonstrate an understanding the fundamentals of chemistry and biology and the key principles of biochemistry and molecular biology;
  • obtain, evaluate, and use information from the scientific literature;
  • dissect a question into its key features, design experiments, and interpret results (both quantitatively and qualitatively);
  • think in an integrated manner and look at questions from different perspectives; and,
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to both scientific and non- scientific communities.

Requirements for Majors

The biochemistry and molecular biology major is available as a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, as defined in the section on degree requirements for all majors in this course catalog.

For a major: 49 credits including 486; CHEM 210, 211, 321, 322, 361, and 440; BIOL 210, 211, 400, and 441; and an additional 7 credits from courses that count toward either the Chemistry major or the Biology major. PHYS 210, 211 and MATH 170, 175 are prerequisites.

No more than a total of 2 credits from the following may apply towards a Biochemistry major: BIOL 220, 480, 485, 487, 490, CHEM 381, 382, 383, 480 and 490.