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 103 or 107, 108, 221, 231, 341 (or: 342 and 343)*, 321, 352, 353, 354, either 365 or 366, 361 (or 351), 362 (or 452), 363 (or 352); BIOL 111 and 112 (or 101 and 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 103/107 (General I)
  • BIOL 111 (Unity and Diversity)
  • MATH 125 or 161 (Calculus I)
  • First-Year Seminar
First Year
  • CHEM 108 (General II)
  • BIOL 112 (Biomol. Foundations)
  • MATH 186 or 162 (Calculus II)
  • Elective
  • CHEM 221 (Fundamental Organic)
  • PHYS 111
  • Elective
  • Elective1
Sophomore Year
  • CHEM 321 (Advanced Organic )
  • PHYS 112
  • BIOL 255 (Molecular Genetics)
  • Elective
  • CHEM 352 (Foundational Biochemistry)
  • CHEM 231 (Foundational Analytical)
  • Elective
  • Elective
Junior Year
  • CHEM 353 Biochemistry II)
  • CHEM 354 (Experimental Biochem.)
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Advanced Biology Elective
  • CHEM 366 (Course-based Research Experience in Chemistry)
  • Elective
  • Elective
Senior Year
  • CHEM 341 (Elementary Physical)
  • 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 342 and 343 in place of CHEM 341.