The requirements for the A.B. biochemistry degree:  MATH 125/186 or 161/162 or 161/186; PHYS 111/112 or 131/133 or 151/152; CHEM 121, 122, 221, 222, 231, 311 (or: (323 or 325) and (324 or 326)), 351, 352, 452, and at least one other advanced (200-level or above excluding independent study or thesis) chemistry course (or none if CHEM (323 or 325) and (324 or 326) are taken); BIOL 101, 102, 255, and at least one other advanced biology (200-level or above) course. In addition, “electives” listed below must include College-wide requirements for the Common Course of Study .

It is recommended that the following sequence of courses be scheduled:

Fall
Spring
  • CHEM 121 (General I)
  • BIOL 101 (General I)
  • MATH 125 or 161 (Calculus I)
  • First-Year Seminar
First Year
  • CHEM 122 (General II)
  • BIOL 102 (General II)
  • MATH 186 or 162 (Calculus II)
  • Elective
  • CHEM 221 (Organic I)
  • PHYS 111
  • Elective
  • Elective1
Sophomore Year
  • CHEM 222 (Organic II)
  • PHYS 112
  • BIOL 255 (Molecular Genetics)
  • Elective
  • CHEM 351 (Biochemistry I)
  • CHEM 231 (Analytical I)
  • CHEM 311 or 323 or 325 (Physical)
  • Elective
Junior Year
  • CHEM 352 (Experimental Biochem.)
  • CHEM 452 (Adv. Topics Biochemistry)
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Advanced Biology Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
Senior Year
  • Advanced Chemistry Elective2
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

See: Lafayette College Catalog or select course links at the top of this page for individual course descriptions.

Students considering graduate school in biochemistry should take MATH 161/162 in place of MATH 125/186, PHYS 113/114 in place of PHYS 111/112, and CHEM 323 or 325 and 324 or 326 in place of CHEM 311.

1 Elective requirements must include three courses in the humanities and social sciences, two writing courses in the junior and senior year, and completion of the foreign culture requirement (demonstration of foreign language proficiency, or an approved course of study abroad, or completion of a three-course “culture cluster”).

2 Research cannot be taken as the advanced chemistry elective. A 200 level or above chemistry course is required. Those students who take CHEM 323 or 325 must complete CHEM 324 or 326 as the advanced chemistry elective. The recommended semester assignments shown above for advanced chemistry and biology courses are guidelines only; these courses can be taken any semester if appropriate prerequisites have been satisfied.