School of Natural Science and Mathematics
The Mount offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate program in biochemistry that is the most challenging of the science majors. Biochemistry offers outstanding preparation for the health professions, combining biology's detailed study of life processes with chemistry's rigorous understanding of molecular processes.
A bachelor of science degree in biochemistry requires 62 credit hours of coursework in biochemistry, biology and chemistry:
BIOL 110, 111 Introduction to Biology I & II*
BIWI 221 Genetics*
BIOL 420 Molecular and Cellular Biology
CHEM 101, 102 General Chemistry I & II
CHEM 201, 202 Organic Chemistry I & II
CHEM 210 Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 303 Physical Chemistry I
BIOCH 405 Biochemistry
PHYS 101/201, 102/202 General Physics I & II
MATH 247, 248 Calculus I & II
BIOL 410 Seminar or CHEM 410 Seminar
* These courses are an introductory sequence that must be taken in order and prior to taking other biology courses.
Students normally take BIOL/CHEM 410 in their senior year. BIOL/CHEM 450 and BIHP/CHHP 471 may be substituted for BIOL 410 or CHEM 410 with the permission of the department chair.
Students considering graduate or professional work in biochemistry research are advised to select CHEM 304 and 420 as elective courses. Pre-medical and pre-dental students should select BIOL 298 and 299 and other elective courses in consultation with the health professions advisor.
No minor in biochemistry is available. Biochemistry majors may not minor in either chemistry or biology.
Biochemistry Double Major
Exceptional students may double major in biochemistry and either biology or chemistry by taking all the courses required of both majors. Due to the significant overlap of required courses, however, these students must take two additional four-credit courses chosen from a list available from the department chair. To complete the double major in four years, students generally need advanced placement, summer school or overload credits.