The Biochemistry minor requirements reflect the fundamental importance of the intellectual tools and structures of biology and chemistry to the study of all issues in biochemistry, and we ask students to get a grounding in both disciplines. It is likely that many students enrolling in the minor will major in either biology or chemistry. To encourage breadth within the minor, no more than five six-credit courses from a student’s own major may be counted toward the minimum requirements of the minor.

Required courses

  • Required background courses: CHEM123, CHEM224, CHEM233, CHEM234, BIOL125, BIOL126
  • Required core courses: CHEM320, BIOL380, and CHEM321 or BIOL381
  • One of the following electives: BIOL310, BIOL332*, BIOL338*, BIOL370, BIOL372, BIOL382, BIOL385, CHEM324, CHEM343*, CHEM350, CHEM360

Changes to requirements starting 2022-23

Starting with the 2022-23 academic year, BIOL380/381 and CHEM320/321 will be replaced with a new course sequence BIOC301 Survey of Biochemistry, BIOC311 Biochemistry Laboratory, and BIOC331 Current Topics in Biochemistry, all three of which will be required for the biochemistry minor. During the transition to the new course sequence, students can satisfy the minor’s core course requirements by taking any one of BIOC311, BIOL381, or CHEM321, and any two of BIOC301, BIOC331, BIOL380, and CHEM320. (Note: students who have previously received credit for CHEM320 or BIOL380 will not be permitted to enroll in BIOC301.) Additionally, BIOL332, BIOL338, and CHEM343 will no longer satisfy the biochemistry minor elective requirement.

Note to biology majors: BIOC301 will count toward major requirements only if BIOC311 is also taken subsequently.

Biochemistry outside the classroom

In addition to the above courses, both the biology and chemistry departments maintain vigorous weekly seminar programs, regularly bringing to the college distinguished scientists, including many biochemists. Each minor should make it a priority to attend relevant seminars whenever possible.

Several faculty members also maintain active research programs related to biochemistry. Biochemistry minors and those interested in biochemistry as a field of study are encouraged to reach out to individual faculty members to discuss potential research opportunities.

Finally, both the chemistry and biology departments regularly offer integrative exercise experiences related to biochemistry as an option for their majors. Minors who are biology or chemistry majors have the option of furthering their pursuit of biochemistry through a biochemical topic as the basis for their senior integrative exercise.