Majors and Courses


This is a combined major at the interface of biology and chemistry that partially overlaps the requirements for those two individual majors.  It is particularly appropriate for those going on to graduate work in biochemistry or molecular biology.  It also provides a strong background for those entering medical, dental, and veterinary schools.


Biology 43L, and either Biology 44L, Introductory Biology, or Biology 40L, Introduction to Biological Chemistry and Biology 44L, or both semesters of the AISS course, or Biology 143, Genetics
Biology 157L, Cell Biology
Biology 170L, Molecular Biology
Biology 177 Biochemistry
Chemistry 14L, 15L, Basic Principles of Chemistry, or 29L Advanced General Chem., or Chemistry 40L and 15L, or both semesters of the AISS course
Chemistry 116L, 117L, Organic Chemistry
Chemistry 121,122, Principles of Physical Chemistry
Chemistry 126L, 127L, Advanced Laboratory in Chemistry
Physics 30L ,31L, General Physics (or 33L, 34L, Principles of Physics)
Mathematics 30, 31 Calculus I, II
Bio/Phys/Chem 191 or 188L/190L or 189L/190L* One or two-semester Thesis in Science

* Biochemistry majors are encouraged to do a two-semester thesis. 

Keck Science Common Learning Outcomes

Students completing a major in the Keck Science Department should demonstrate the ability to:

1. Use foundational principles to analyze problems in nature.
2. Develop hypotheses and test them using quantitative techniques.
3. Articulate applications of science in the modern world.
4. Effectively communicate scientific concepts both verbally and in writing.

Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates in biochemistry will:

  • 1) be able to apply knowledge of chemistry and biology to solve biochemical problems,
  • 2) possess a breadth of knowledge in organic, physical, and bio-chemistry, as well as genetics, molecular biology and cellular biology, 3) be able to identify, formulate and solve complex biochemical problems,
  • 4) read and understand original research,
  • 5) be able to design and conduct experiments,
  • 6) have a mastery of techniques and skills,
  • 7) be able to communicate results and findings.