Major Requirements

Requirements for the Biological Chemistry Major
 

BIOC:  219; 220; 223; 323; 331; 320
CHEM: a) both 105 and 205, or 120; b) 211
BISC: a) 110 or 112; b) two 300-level courses from among the following: 301; 310; 311; 314; 319; 320; 331; 334; or other course if relevant to the major and approved by the director. At least one of the two 300-level courses must be a laboratory course, excluding 350, 360, 370.
PHYS: 104 or 107.
MATH: 116, 120, or equivalent.

Students should be sure to satisfy the prerequisites for 300-level courses. Students planning graduate work in biochemistry should consider taking additional courses in chemistry, such as analytical and inorganic and the second semester of organic. Students planning graduate work in molecular or cell biology should consider taking additional advanced courses in these areas. Independent research (250, 350, 355/365, 360/370) is highly recommended, especially for those considering graduate study.

The following BIOC courses are cross-listed in either BISC or CHEM:  219; 220; 223 320; 323; 331.
BIOC majors should register with the BIOC designation.

A recommended sequence of required courses in the first two years for students would be:

Year 1: CHEM 105 (or 120) and Math or Physics; CHEM 205 or CHEM 211 and BISC 110/112
Year 2: CHEM 205 or CHEM 211 and BIOC 219; BIOC 223 and BIOC 220, and Math or Physics

In Years 3 and 4, students may elect to complete any combination of BIOC 331; BIOC 320; BIOC 323; 300-level BISC courses (and independent study).

Please discuss your program with the director as early as possible, especially if you are planning on study abroad.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Director:
Don Elmore (Chemistry)
(781) 283-3171
delmore@wellesley.edu

 

Biological Chemistry Advisory Committee:
Melissa Beers (Biological Sciences)

 

Louise Darling (Biological Sciences)

 

John Goss (Biological Sciences)

 

Don Elmore (Chemistry)

 

Vanja Klepac-Ceraj (Biological Sciences)

 

Megan Núñez (Chemistry)

 

Elizabeth Oakes (Chemistry)

 

Kaye Peterman (Biological Sciences)

 

Mala Radhakrishnan (Chemistry)

 

Marc Tetel (Neuroscience)

 

Didem Vardar-Ulu (Chemistry)

 

Adele Wolfson (Chemistry)