Advice for the class of 2014

Advice for the Class of 2014 

You have a choice of following the old requirements or the new ones. In most cases it will make sense for you to follow the new ones, and these are described below. Aside from course numbering and changes in some of the semesters offered, the main differences from the current set of courses is that 2nd-semester biochemistry and pchem will not have labs, and there will be a new course (BIOC 320) which is a stand-alone lab courses incorporating concepts and projects from  p chem and 2nd-semester biochem. You will need to take this in the fall of your senior year (F2013).

Many current sophomores will have taken BISC 110, 219, and 220; and CHEM 105, 205, and 211 plus Math and Physics by the end of the sophomore year. If this is the case, you might choose one of the following sets of courses for the next two years. Option 1 puts the 2-semester biochemistry sequence into your junior year and pchem in your senior year. Option 2 includes the 2-semester biochemistry sequence as well as pchem in your junior year, leaving the senior year open for more BISC or other courses. Option 3 splits the 2-semester biochemistry sequence between spring of your junior year and spring of your senior year. There are clearly other possibilities depending on which 300-level BISC courses you wish to take. Any of the options leaves time for research or other courses.

Option 1:

Fall 2012:

BIOC 223 (First semester of the two-semester Biochemistry sequence. Replaces CHEM 221. Has a lab and 1.25 units)
300-level BISC course

Spring 2013:

BIOC 323 (Second semester of the two-semester Biochemistry sequence. Replaces CHEM 328. No lab, 1.0 unit). There will be seniors in your lecture registered for CHEM 328, but this will not affect you.
300-level BISC course

Fall 2013:

BIOC 331 (P Chem. Replaces CHEM 232. No lab, 1.0 unit)
BIOC 320 (New stand-alone lab course that incorporates concepts and projects from old p chem and 2nd-semester biochem labs. 1.0 units)

Option 2:

Fall 2012:

BIOC 223 (First semester of the two-semester Biochemistry sequence. Replaces CHEM 221. Has a lab and 1.25 units)
300-level BISC course

Spring 2013:

BIOC 323 (Second semester of the two-semester Biochemistry sequence. Replaces CHEM 328. No lab, 1.0 unit). There will be seniors in your lecture registered for CHEM 328, but this will not affect you.
BIOC 331 (P Chem. Replaces CHEM 232. No lab, 1.0 unit) There will be seniors in your lecture registered for CHEM 232 but this will not affect you.

Fall 2013:

BIOC 320 (New stand-alone lab course that incorporates concepts and projects from old p chem and 2nd-semester biochem labs. 1.0 units)
300-level BISC course

Option 3:

Fall 2012:

300-level BISC course

Spring 2013:

BIOC 223 (First semester of the two-semester Biochemistry sequence. Replaces CHEM 221. Has a lab and 1.25 units)

Fall 2013:

BIOC 331 (P Chem. Replaces CHEM 232. No lab, 1.0 unit)
BIOC 320 (New stand-alone lab course that incorporates concepts and projects from old p chem and 2nd-semester biochem labs. 1.0 units)
300-level BISC course

Spring 2014:

BIOC 323 (Second semester of the two-semester Biochemistry sequence. Replaces CHEM 328. No lab, 1.0 unit).

If you have not completed any of 100- and 200-level courses needed to enter these options, please see your advisor and/or the BIOC director (Prof. Wolfson this year or Prof. Elmore next) to discuss how to plan your schedule. Keep in mind:

  • BIOC 223 (1st semester biochemistry) will be offered both fall and spring of your junior year and only spring of your senior year. The pre-requisite for this course is CHEM 211, so you do not need to complete BISC 220 before taking it.
  • BIOC 323 (2nd semester biochemistry) will be offered spring of both your junior year and your senior lab, and will no longer have an associated lab.
  • BIOC 331 (pchem for BIOC majors) will be offered spring of your junior year and fall of your senior year, and will no longer have an associated lab.
  • You must take the new stand-alone lab, BIOC 320 in the fall of your senior year.

 

Most of the courses that are required for the major will now have BIOC designations, and you should choice that designation when you register. Please see your advisor and/or the BIOC director if you have any questions, are thinking of going abroad, need to fit in other requirements, such as those for medical school, or have a reason that you need to follow the old set of major requirements.

 

 

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)