Biochemistry majors typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?   Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major and Elective Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. General Chemistry lecture & lab (CHEM 103 & 113)
  2. General Biology I lecture & lab (BIOL 105 &115)
  3. Calculus (Math 108, 111, or 121 depending on the calculus placement exam; see below for full details)

1 st Semester Courses

The first course in a biochemistry major is general chemistry (CHEM 103) and its accompanying lab (CHEM 113). This course lays the foundation for all the topics that will be covered in more advanced chemistry courses – physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and organic & biochemistry.

A biochemistry major should also take a math course as determined by the math placement exam. Typically this means that the student will take either Math 108, 111, or 121 (though it is possible to place into Math 112 or 122.) Biochemistry majors are required to complete either the Calculus for Social-Life Sciences sequence (Math 111-112) or the Analytic Geometry and Calculus sequence (Math 121-122). Proficiency in math is required for advanced chemistry topics in physical chemistry. Math 121 is required if a student plans a math minor.

Since biochemistry is at the interface of the disciplines of chemistry and biology, a firm foundation in biology is necessary for the understanding of advanced biochemistry topics. So for a fifth course, a first-year biochemistry major should take "Mechanisms of LIfe I" (BIOL 105).

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