Undergraduate Program

BS in Biological Sciences

Biochemistry (BBC) Track

We require students to maintain a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) in the major, excluding allied field courses. See the advising page for information on how to declare your major, who your program advisor is, double majors, double degrees, petitioning for exceptions and more.

Major Requirements

Introductory Courses (3 Courses)

One of the following:

One of the following:

Plus BIO 198: Principles of Genetics

Laboratory Experience (2–3 Courses)

One half lab from UPBM laboratories list; BIO 111P/117P and BIO 198P are highly recommended.

Plus one of the following:

*395 may be used to satisfy the BCH 208 lab or an advanced elective requirement for the BBC major track, but not both.

Advanced Courses (6 Courses)

Plus two of the following:

*Effective beginning with the class of 2017: majors are strongly urged to take BIO 252, although BIO 250 may be applied to the BBC major track with permission of the track coordinator.

**Students need advisor approval to take 395. If 395 is used to fulfill this requirement, then it cannot be used to satisfy the laboratory requirement.

Diversification Elective (1 Course)

Select one course from the BBC diversification electives list or through the chemistry department. This course must be approved by the track coordinator and should be an elective from outside the BBC major track.

Ancillary Requirements (9 Courses with Indicated Labs)

Both of the following general chemistry courses:

One of the following organic chemistry I courses:

Note: Satisfactory completion of CHM 171/173 and 172/210 freshman organic chemistry series with labs in conjunction with AP credit for CHM 131 fulfills the chemistry requirements.

One of the following organic chemistry II courses:

Note: Satisfactory completion of CHM 171/173 and 172/210 freshman organic chemistry series with labs in conjunction with AP credit for CHM 131 fulfills the chemistry requirements.

One of the following physics I courses:

One of the following physics II courses:

One of the following calculus I courses:

One of the following calculus II courses:

One of the following ancillary elective courses:

*AP credit will also be accepted for this course. See our advising page for more information about AP credit.

Upper-Level Writing (ULW) Requirements (2 Courses)

All biology majors must complete two ULW courses. Although students are strongly encouraged to complete both ULW requirements by taking biological sciences courses (BIO, BCH, MBI, NSC), an upper-level writing course within a natural sciences discipline may also be used to meet one of the requirements.

Writing courses within the humanities and social sciences may not be applied to the biology major. See the upper-level writing requirement page for more information on which courses satisfy this requirement.