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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Requirements

  • Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    To graduate with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB), a grade of C- or better is required for all courses counted toward the major. In addition, students must earn a C average (GPA 2.0) across all courses counted towards the major.

    Although strongly discouraged, a course grade of “Pass” will be allowed for a maximum of one 100-level course counted towards the major.

    Fundamental Courses

    CHEM 115 and 116: Introductory Chemistry I and II

    BIOL 120: Organismal Biology

    BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells

    CHEM 220 and 221: Organic Chemistry I and II

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Core Courses 

    BMB 300: Biochemistry

    BMB 322: Molecular Biology

    Physical Chemistry

    CHEM 320: Physical Chem I OR CHEM 321: Physical Chem II

    Two Elective Courses

    Complete either two courses from List A, or one from List A and one from List B.

    List A

    BIOL 320: Microbiology

    BIOL 324: Advanced Cell Biology

    BIOL 325: Topics in Advanced Cell Biology

    BIOL 326: Immunology

    BIOL 340: Animal Physiology

    BIOL 342: Developmental Biology

    BIOL 346: Molecular Neuroscience

    BIOL 352: Molecular Genetics

    BIOL 362: Mechanisms of Brain Dysfunction

    BIOL 372: Pharmacology: Drug, Brain, Behavior

    BIOL 389: Evolution

    List B

    CHEM 320 or 321: Physical Chemistry I or II (not taken as part of chemistry courses above)

    CHEM 340: Inorganic Chemistry

    CHEM 410: Instrumental Analysis

    CHEM 430: Advanced Organic

    At least two of the five 300-level courses must be taken at Lake Forest College.

    Four Courses Taken Outside Chemistry and Biology

    PHYS 110 and 111: Introductory Physics OR PHYS 120 and 121: General Physics

    MATH 110 and 111: Calculus I and II

    One Capstone

    BMB 493: Research Project, BMB 494: Senior Thesis, OR BMB 415: Senior Seminar

    Possible BMB Course Scenario 1

    FALL

    SPRING

    CHEM 115
    BIOL 120

    CHEM 116

    CHEM 220
    BIOL 221
    MATH 110

    CHEM 221
    BMB 322
    MATH 111

    BMB 300
    PHYS 110
    BIOL 3XX (LIST A)
    PHYS 111
    BIOL 3XX (LIST A) CHEM 321
    BMB 415

    Possible BMB Course Scenario 2

    FALL

    SPRING

    CHEM 115
    BIOL 120

    CHEM 116
    BIOL 221

    CHEM 220
    MATH 110
    BMB 322

    CHEM 221
    MATH 111

    BMB 300
    PHYS 110
    CHEM 321
    PHYS 111
    BIOL 3XX (LIST A) BIOL 3XX (LIST A)
    BMB 415

    A double major in Chemistry and BMB or a minor in Chemistry and major in BMB is not possible. A double major in Biology and BMB, although possible, would be prohibited. There is no minor in BMB.