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The Biology and Chemistry departments offer a rigorous joint major to those students interested in the intersection of biology and chemistry. The Biochemistry major consists of core courses from the Biology and Chemistry departments, cognates in Math and Physics, and a capstone seminar experience.

Please refer to the Biology and Chemistry department pages for course descriptions.

disciplinary, 17 courses (16 courses if CHEM 110 and 120 are replaced with 190)
The required biology courses are BIOL 167, 212, one 200-level cell/molecular biology courses (BIOL 220, BIOL 222, or BIOL 232), one 200-level biology elective, and two 300-level cell/molecular biology courses (BIOL 302, BIOL 327, BIOL 340, BIOL 341, or BIOL 380). Five of the required Biology courses must be taken at HWS. The required chemistry courses include CHEM 110, 120, (or 190 in place of 110 and 120), 240, 241, 320, 348 and 449. Calculus (MATH 131) and calculus based physics (PHYS 150) are also required. All Biochemistry majors complete a capstone senior seminar (BCHE 460), except those who complete Honors in a field appropriate for the Biochemistry major. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or higher. Credit/no credit courses cannot be counted toward the major.

Biology Courses
BIOL 167 Introductory Topics in Biology
BIOL 212 Biostatistics
BIOL 215 Evolutionary Genetics
BIOL 220 General Genetics
BIOL 222 Microbiology
BIOL 224 Anatomy
BIOL 225 Ecology
BIOL 227 Behavioral Ecology
BIOL 228 Biology of Plants
BIOL 232 Cell Biology
BIOL 234 Vertebrate Biology
BIOL 238 Aquatic Biology
BIOL 302 Immunology
BIOL 327 Cancer Biology
BIOL 340 Neurobiology
BIOL 341 Developmental Biology
BIOL 380 Genomics

Chemistry Courses
CHEM 110 Introductory General Chemistry
CHEM 120 Intermediate General Chemistry
CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 320 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 348 Biochemistry I
CHEM 449 Biochemistry II

Additional Courses
MATH 131 Calculus II
PHYS 150 Introduction to Physics I

Biochemistry Courses
BCHE 460 Senior Seminar

BCHE 460 Senior Seminar This course is a capstone experience that integrates knowledge learned in previous biology and chemistry courses. Students will explore a contemporary topic in biochemistry through readings of journal articles and textbooks, as well as class discussions. The context of these discussions will enable each student to produce a Biochemistry Senior Thesis. The thesis will be a 20-25 page, well-referenced paper that incorporates the following elements: 1) an analysis and literature review of research to date, and 2) a detailed description of where the student believes the research and area/topic should go next.