Program Advisors: Jeffrey Cardon and Craig Tepper

Faculty: Jeffrey Cardon, Barbara Christie-Pope, Marty Condon, Charles Liberko, S. Andy McCollum, Tammy Mildenstein, Brian Nowak-Thompson, Jai Shanata, Cynthia Strong, Craig Teague, Craig Tepper

This interdisciplinary major is designed to prepare students for graduate school or a technical career in biochemistry/molecular biology. It is also a suitable preparation for the health professions. The curriculum is drawn from the Departments of Biology and Chemistry, with emphasis on cellular biology, genetics, and biochemistry, and laboratory techniques in these areas.

Major requirements

A minimum of 13 course credits (12 courses if CHE 161 is taken) in Biology and Chemistry, to include:


  • BIO 141 (Foundations: Cellular Biology)
  • BIO 142 (Foundations: Organismal Biology)
  • BIO 205 (Cell and Molecular Biology)
  • BIO 315 (Genetics)


  • CHE 121 and 122 (Chemical Principles I and II) or 161 (Accelerated General Chemistry)
  • CHE 202 (Analytical Chemistry)
  • CHE 225 (Organic Chemistry I)
  • CHE 326 (Organic Chemistry II)
  • CHE 327 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory)
  • CHE 334 (Biochemistry)

Additional elective

  • One course selected from BIO 305 (Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology), BIO 313 (Developmental Biology), BIO 326 (Microbiology), BIO 327 (Immunology), BIO 328 (Neurobiology), BIO 335 (Chemical Ecology) or CHE 323 (Physical Chemistry I).

Capstone course

  • BMB 485 (Problems)

Recommended courses

  • BIO 211 (Evolution)
  • MAT 121 and 122 (Calculus of a Single Variable and Calculus of Several Variables)
  • PHY 141-142 (Introductory Physics I and II) or PHY 161-162 (General Physics I and II)
  • PHY 263 (Laboratory Physics)

Minors in chemistry or biology 

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology majors desiring to minor in Chemistry must complete at least two appropriate courses in Chemistry beyond those counted for the Biochemistry/Molecular Biology major.  Biochemistry/Molecular Biology majors desiring to minor in Biology must do so by completing BIO 211, BIO 321, and an upper-level elective course chosen from the plant or animal grouping.

Recommended course sequence

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

CHE 121
CHE 122
BIO 141
BIO 142
CHE 225
CHE 326
CHE 327
BIO 205
CHE 202
BIO 315
CHE 334
BMB 485