This is an academically demanding major that requires a high level of student commitment and advance planning. Students considering majoring in biochemistry are encouraged to consult with one of the biochemistry program advisors (Elita Pastra-Landis, Chemistry, or Jenny Lanni, Biology) as early as possible in their academic career to facilitate this process.
The major consists of the following courses or their equivalents:
MATH 104 Calculus II
CHEM 405/BIO 405 Topics in Biochemistry
Selected topics from contemporary biochemistry, including protein structure and function, nucleic acid damage and repair. The course focuses on reading and interpretation of primary literature in biochemistry and serves as the capstone for the biochemistry major.