The Major in
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Interactions with Participating Faculty

Sample Program

Degree Requirements

Specific Courses for the Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The Major for Freshmen and Sophomores

The Major for Juniors and Seniors

Transfers into the Major from other Majors or other Schools

Accelerated Tracks and Joint Majors

Application for the Major


The School of Biological Science

The Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

The Program in the Junior and Senior Years

MOST majors will take Bio114L in the fall, Bio 114 in the winter and Bio 116 in the spring of the third year.  Bio 114 and 116 are two new courses that anchor the upper division curriculum.  Bio 114 (Advanced Biochemistry) will provide in-depth converage of the principles of biochemistry with a special emphasis on their chemical, structural and biophysical foundations. &nbsp:Bio 116 (Advanced Molecular Biology) will explore the most fundamental processes of genetic regulation and gene expression with a special emphasis on their molecular genetic and biochemical foundations.

A total of six more upper division lecture courses in Biological Sciences are required during the last two years.  At least four of these must be from a list of approved satellites that cover appropriate areas of interest to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  These include many of the courses taught by this department, e.g., Bio 121, 122, 123A, 124, 125, 128, 137A-B, 140, 144A, 145A, and 147. Majors will also be required to take at least two upper division laboratory courses in addition to 114L.  These will include 116L (Molecular Biology Lab), and the newly developed labs in Virology (124L) and Immunology (121L).  Students are strongly encouraged to participate in Bio199.

Because the Virology and Immunology labs require both 114L and 116L as prerequisites, most students will take both 114L and 116L and then choose either the Virology or Immunology Lab. To accommodate students with research interests other than these and to encourage participation in Bio 199, students will be allowed to substitute 1 year of Bio 199 experience for the third upper division laboratory. To be an acceptable alternative, the 199 must be supervised by an MB&B faculty member (or other lab approved by the faculty advisor), and the student's work must be formally presented in writing. Acceptable formats will be either for the student to prepare and submit the material for Excellence in Research, or for the student to use their 199 research as the basis for the writing requirement in Bio 196, Writing for Biology Research.