The requirements for the B.S. degree with a major in biochemistry include: MATH 161, 162, and either 186 or 263; PHYS 111/112 or 131/133 or 151/152; CHEM 103/107, 108, 221, 231, 321, 331, 342, 343, 352, 353, 354, 365 or 366, and at least one other advanced chemistry course (200 or higher level, excluding CHEM 380, 390, 391, 392, 394, 495, 496). BIOL 111 and 112 (or BIOL 101 and 102), 255, one additional biology course (200 level or higher), and one additional 300- or 400-level CHEM or BIO course (excluding CHEM 380, 390, 391, 392, 394, 495, 496). 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 Divsersity)
  • MATH 161 (Calculus I)
  • First-Year Seminar
First Year
  • CHEM 108 (General II)
  • BIOL 112 (Biomol. Foundations)
  • MATH 162 (Calculus II)
  • Elective
  • CHEM 221 (Foundational Organic)
  • CHEM 231 (Foundational Analytical)
  • MATH 186 (App. Statistics) or 263 (Calculus III)
  • Physics 111 or Elective
Sophomore Year
  • CHEM 321 (Advanced Organic)
  • PHYS 112 or 131 or 151
  • BIOL 255 (Molecular Genetics)
  • Elective
  • CHEM 352 (Foundational Biochemistry)
  • CHEM 342 (Physical I)
  • PHYS 133 or 152 or Elective
  • Elective
Junior Year
  • CHEM 353 (Biochemistry II)
  • CHEM 354 (Experimental Biochemistry)
  • CHEM 343 (Physical II)
  • Advanced Biology Elective
  • CHEM 366 (Course-based Research Experience in Chemistry)
  • Advanced Chemistry Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
Senior Year
  • CHEM 331 (Advanced Analytical)
  • Advanced Bio. or Chem. Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

See: Lafayette College Catalog for individual course descriptions.

The recommended semester assignments shown above for advanced chemistry and biology courses are only guidelines; these courses can be taken any semester if appropriate prerequisites have been satisfied.