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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.

Major Requirements

Claremont McKenna College

Pitzer College

Scripps College

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 biochemistry 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.