Biochemistry Major

The Biochemistry major is intended for those with an interest in the chemistry of living systems.

Requirements: Chemistry 1 or 11, 2 or 12, 31, 42 or 43, 51/53, 52/54, 171 and 172; Biology 13, 41, 50 (or Biology 54 or Chemical and Biological Engineering 163), and 105. The Biochemistry major requires Chem31 (Physical Chemistry), which has Math 34 and Phys 2 as prerequisites. Thus, the timing for completion of Math 32, Math 34, Phys 1 and Phys 2 (or their equivalents, such as AP credit) is flexible, but must be completed in the first three years.

Suggested Course Sequences for Biochemistry Majors

Option 1

Year Fall Spring
1 Chem 1 or 11
Math 32
Chem 2 or 12
Math 34
2 Chem 51/53
Bio 13
Chem 52/54
Chem 171
3 Chem 43
Chem 172
Phys 1 or 11
Bio 41
Phys 2 or 12
4 Chem 31
Bio 50*
Bio 105
 

 
Option 2


Year Fall Spring
1 Bio 13
Math 32
Bio 41
Math 34
2 Chem 1 or 11
Bio 50*
Phys 1or 11
Chem 2 or 12
Phys 2 or 12
3 Chem 51/53
Bio 105
Chem 52/54
Chem 171
4 Chem 31
Chem 43
Chem 172
 

 
Option 3


Year Fall Spring
1 Chem 1 or 11
Bio 13
Chem 2 or 12
Math 32
2 Chem 51/53
Phys 1 or 11
Math 34
Chem 52/54
Chem 171
Phys 2 or 12
3 Chem 172
Chem 43 (or 42 in Spring)
Bio 41
4 Chem 31
Bio 50*
Bio 105
 


* The Bio50 requirement can be fulfilled with Bio 50, Bio 54, ChBE 163, or a graded independent research course. Bio 50 will be offered Spring semester in academic year 2018-2019, and Fall semester academic year 2019-2020 and thereafter. Bio 54 will be offered Fall semester in academic year 2018-2019, and Spring semester academic year 2019-2020 and thereafter. ChBE 163 is a summer course. To fulfill the Bio 50 requirement, independent research must 1) include a graded research-for-credit course such as Bio193 and Chem82 (but not Chem81), 2) involve molecular or cellular biology, and 3) be pre-approved. For questions about pre-approval, please email Prof. Kritzer at joshua.kritzer@tufts.edu.