Biochemistry Program

The interdepartmental program in biochemistry provides in-depth studies in biochemistry and molecular biology built upon a solid foundation in biology and chemistry. Experimental approaches to problems are emphasized throughout the program, with course laboratories, with the Senior Laboratory in Macromolecular Function (Biochemistry 377), and with ample opportunities for students to engage in independent research.

Requirements for Concentration: 16-18 units.

Biology:  Introductory biology (Biology 105/106) and genetics (Biology 238, 244 or 281).

Chemistry: Introductory chemistry (Chemistry 108/109 or 125), organic chemistry (Chemistry 244/245), protein chemistry (Chemistry 323), and thermodynamics (Chemistry 350).

Interdisciplinary: Biochemistry (Biology/Chemistry 272), molecular biology (Biology/Chemistry 324), senior lab (Biochemistry 377), two additional 200- or 300-level courses in biology or chemistry, one of which must be a lecture course.  The second unit may include only one research course.

Additional courses: Calculus (Mathematics 121/122 or 125); and introductory physics (Physics 113/114).

After declaration of the major, no NRO work is permissible in the major.

Senior Year Requirement: Biochemistry 377.

Recommendations: Students are strongly advised to take, in their freshman year, Biology 105 and 106 and Chemistry 108/109 or 125. Mathematics 121/122 or 125 should be taken in either the freshman or sophomore year. Such a program is appropriate for concentration in biology and chemistry in addition to biochemistry.

Major Advisers: Chemistry: Mr. Donhauser, Mr. Eberhardt, Ms. Garrett, Ms. Kaur, Ms. Rossi, Mr. Smart, Mr. Tanski; Biology: Ms. Duncan, Mr. Esteban, Mr. Jemiolo, Ms. Kennell, Ms. Pokrywka, Ms. Schwarz, Mr. Straus, Ms. Susman.

Course Offerings

290. Field Work (1/2 or 1)

298. Independent Work (1/2 or 1)

377b. Senior Laboratory in Macromolecule Function (1)

A protein and its gene are characterized by chemical modification and site-directed mutagenesis. Coursework includes student presentations and extensive laboratory work. Mr. Eberhardt.

Prerequisite: Biology/Chemistry 324.

Two 4-hour periods.

399. Senior Independent Work (1/2 or 1)