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, 43 (or 42), 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.

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.

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
 


* 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.