BS in Biochemistry

The BS in Biochemistry is intended for those with an interest in the chemistry of living systems. It is an interdepartmental major for students interests in the chemistry of living systems, and is offered jointly by the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biology.

Program Requirements and Policies

  • Sixteen courses and their accompanying labs are required to complete the major.
  • No major course may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • If you have more than one major, please see Bulletin for rules on double-counting courses across majors.
  • If you have a minor, no more than two course credits used toward the minor may be used toward foundation, distribution, major, or other minor requirements.
  • To be eligible for a summa cum laude degree, a student majoring in biochemistry must have completed biology or chemistry research equivalent to Biology 93 or Chemistry 81.

Course Requirements

Chemistry Courses

  • Chemistry 1: Chemical Fundamentals w/lab OR Chemistry 11: General Chemistry 
  • Chemistry 2: Chemical Principles w/lab OR Chemistry 12: General Chemistry
  • Chemistry 31: Physical Chemistry I*
  • Chemistry 43: Bioanalytical Chemistry (Recommend) OR Chemistry 42: Quantitative Analysis)
  • Chemistry 51: Organic Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 53: Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • Chemistry 52: Organic Chemistry II
  • Chemistry 54: Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • Chemistry 171: Biochemistry I
  • Chemistry 172: Biochemistry II

Biology Courses

  • Biology 13: Cells and Organisms w/ Lab
  • Biology 41: General Genetics
  • Biology 50: Experiments in Molecular Biology or Biology 54: Molecular Genetics Project Lab or Chemical & Biological Engineering 163: Recombinant DNA Technology
  • Biology 105: Molecular Biology

Other Required Courses

  • Math 34: Calculus II*
  • Physics 2: Introduction to Physics II w/ Lab or Physics 12: General Physics II w/ Lab

* The Biochemistry major requires Chemistry 31: 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.

Recommended Course Sequence Options for Biochemistry Majors

Chem UL = intermediate or upper-level chemistry course

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
Phys 1or 11
Bio 50*
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
Phys 2 or 12
Chem 171
 
3 Chem 172
Chem 43 (or 42 in Spring)
Bio 41
4 Chem 31
Bio 50*
Bio 105
 

* For seniors graduating after Spring 2022, the Bio50 requirement can be fulfilled with Bio 50, Bio 54, ChBE 163, or a graded independent research course. ChBE 163 is a summer course and it is not offered every summer. 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

* For students graduating on or before Spring 2022, the Bio50 requirement can be fulfilled with additional alternatives. In addition to the options listed above, these students may take Bio49, Bio52, Bio55, Bio133, or Bio143 to fulfill the Bio50 requirement.