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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:

  • BIOL 110L: Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 112L: Perspectives in Biology I (pre-requires AP biology exam score of 4 or 5)

One of the following:

  • BIOL 111L: Principles of Biology II 
  • BIOL 113L: Perspectives in Biology I (pre-requires AP biology exam score of 4 or 5)
  • BIOL 115: Introduction to Organismal Evolutionary Biology (not offered after Spring 2017; may use if taken)

Plus BIOL 198: Principles of Genetics

Laboratory Experience (2–3 Courses)

Select one of the following options:

  • BCH 308: Biochemistry Lab and Critical Analysis (Formerly BCH 208).  Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, but sophomores should consult with the course director, Dr. Harold Smith
  • BIOL 228A&B IGEM I&II (International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition Course Series)
  • BCH,BIOL,CHEM #395:  Independent Research - may use 8 credits (2 semesters) of biological science independent  research  courses If not already used to satisfy an advanced elective requirement.  Requires explicit permission from track coordinator to satisfy laboratory requirement. Request permission through preregistration form:  https://form.jotform.com/72056463932155

Advanced Courses (6 Courses)

  • BIOL 250L: Introductory Biochemistry with Lab
  • BIOL 252: Principles of Biochemistry (Canceled after Spring18; may use if already taken)
  • BIOL 202: Molecular Biology
  • INTD 408: Advanced Biochemistry

Plus choose one of the following:

  • BCH 412: Advanced Topics in Biological Macromolecules
  • INTD 410: Molecular Biology and Genetics (Canceled after Spring 2017; may use if already taken)
  • INTD 432: Foundations in Modern Biology II

And choose two of the following:

  • BIOL 222: Biology of Aging
  • BIOL 243: Eukaryotic Gene Regulation
  • BIOL 278: Biochemical Mechanisms of Cellular Processes
  • CHEM 252: Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 414: Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 440: Bioorganic Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • INTD 409: Cell Biology (Canceled after Fall 2017; may use if already taken)
  • INTD 447: Signal Transduction
  • #### 395: Independent Research Bio Sci Courses** 

**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.  395 can only be used to fulfill one of the two advanced electives.

Diversification Elective (1 Course)

Select one course from the BBC diversification electives list or students may use 200-level courses from the UR Chemistry Department with the exception of CHEM 262.

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:

  • CHEM 131: Chemical Concepts I (lab included)*
  • CHEM 132: Chemical Concepts II (lab included)*

One of the following organic chemistry I courses:

  • CHEM 203/207: Organic Chemistry I with Lab*
  • CHEM 171/173: First Year Organic Chemistry I with Lab

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

One of the following organic chemistry II courses:

  • CHEM 204/208: Organic Chemistry II with Lab*
  • CHEM 172/210: First Year Organic Chemistry with Lab

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

One of the following physics I courses:

  • PHYS 113: General Physics I (lab included)*
  • PHYS 121: Mechanics (lab included)
  • PHYS 141: Mechanics (Honors) (lab included)

One of the following physics II courses:

  • PHYS 114: General Physics II (lab included)*
  • PHYS 122: Electricity and Magnetism (lab included)
  • PHYS 142: Electricity and Magnetism (Honors) (lab included)

One of the following calculus I courses:

  • MATH 141: Calculus I
  • MATH 161: Calculus IA*
  • MATH 171Q: Honors Calculus I

One of the following calculus II courses:

  • MATH 142: Calculus II
  • MATH 162: Calculus IIA*
  • MATH 172Q: Honors Calculus II

One of the following ancillary elective courses:

  • Math: MATH 163, 164, 165, 235 or other upper-level math course with advisor approval (MATH 143 is not acceptable)
  • Statistics: STAT AP, 201, 212, 214 (cross-listed BIOL/STAT 214) or other upper-level statistics course with advisor approval (STAT 211 is not acceptable)
  • Computer Programming: BIOL 208, CSC 161, 170, 171, ECE 114 or other computer programming course with advisor approval (CSC 108 and 110 are not acceptable)

*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 (BIOL, BCH, MBI, NSCI), 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.