Apr 25, 2018  

Biochemistry Concentration

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Biochemistry uses the principles of chemistry to explain biology at the molecular level and presents concepts fundamental to all living organisms.  The Biochemistry concentration enables students to study formally this intriguing and multidisciplinary field.  The concentration features two entry tracts, through BIO 303 or CHE 361.  These introductory courses provide a basic understanding of Biochemistry, which is then extended through a number of diverse interdisciplinary opportunities.  The concentration is crowned by an advanced seminar capstone course.


The biochemistry concentration requires a grade of “C” or higher in six courses.  No courses counting for the concentration may be taken pass/fail.  Only three of these courses may count both for the concentration and for a student’s major.  A maximum of one transfer credit may be applied to the concentration, if approved by the advisers.

One of the following introductory courses is required:

Application Procedure

Students interested in pursuing the Biochemistry concentration must contact one of the three primary faculty liaisons (Pam Hay, Jeffrey Myers or Sophia Sarafova) to discuss the curriculum.  To apply, submit a written letter of application to one of the primary faculty liaisons, preferably no later than the last day of the spring term of the junior year.  The letter needs to specify the courses that will be used to satisfy the concentration requirements.  Certification of completion of all requirements is made by the Registrar following recommendation by the Biochemistry Advisory Committee.

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