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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.