Major in Biochemistry 2013-2014

The Chemistry and Biochemistry department reserves the right to change major requirements at any time. Please check with the Chemistry and Biochemistry department or the CU Boulder catalog for the most current listing of requirements. You are subject to the requirements in effect at the time you declare your major as an Arts &Sciences degree-seeking student.

Students must complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and the required courses listed below.

Courses required for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biochemistry at CU-Boulder and Colorado Community College applicable courses.

Major in Biochemistry 2006-2007
CU-Boulder Required Courses Colorado Community College Applicable Courses
  • CHEM 1251 (5) General Chemistry 1 for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors and
  • CHEM 1271 (5) General Chemistry 1 for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors

or

  • CHEM 1351 (5) Honors General Chemistry 1 and
  • CHEM 1371 (5) Honors General Chemistry 2

(Honors CHEM 1351 and 1371 are recommended for the student with advanced high school training in mathematics and physics.)

or

  • CHEM 1113 (4) General Chemistry 1 and
  • CHEM 1114 (1) Lab in General Chemistry 1 and
  • CHE 111 (5) General College Chemistry I/Lab*
  • CHEM 1133 (4) General Chemistry 2 and
  • CHEM 1134 (1) Lab in General Chemistry 2
  • CHE 112 (5) General College Chemistry II/Lab*
  • CHEM 3351 (4) Organic Chemistry 1 for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors and
  • CHEM 3361 (1) Lab in Organic Chemistry for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors 1 and
  • CHEM 3371 (4) Organic Chemistry 2 for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors and
  • CHEM 3381 Lab in Organic Chemistry for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors 2

or

  • CHEM 3311 (4) Organic Chemistry 1 and
  • CHEM 3321 (1) Laboratory in Organic Chemistry 1 and
  • CHE 211 (5) Organic Chemistry I*
  • CHEM 3331 (4) Organic Chemistry 2 and
  • CHEM 3341 (1) Laboratory in Organic Chemistry 2
  • CHE 212 (5) Organic Chemistry II*

Note: Students who take CHE 211 and 212 will also receive transfer credit for CHEM 3321 (1) Lab in Organic Chemistry 1 and CHEM 3341 (1) Lab in Organic Chemistry 2 at UCB.* Courses taught at the lower-division level will count as lower-division credit at UCB, although they may have upper-division equivalencies at UCB.

  • CHEM 4411 (3) Physical Chemistry with Biochemistry Applications 1 and
  • CHEM 4431 (3) Physical Chemistry with Biochemistry Applications 2

or

  • CHEM 4511 (3) Physical Chemistry 1 and
  • CHEM 4531 (3) Physical Chemistry 2
  • CHEM 4711 (3) General Biochemistry 1 and
  • CHEM 4731 (3) General Biochemistry 2
  • CHEM 4761 (4) Biochemistry Laboratory
  • PHYS 1110 (4) General Physics 1 and
  • PHY 211 (5) Physics: Calculus-Based I*
  • PHYS 1120 (4) General Physics 2 and
  • PHYS 1140 (1) Experimental Physics 1
  • PHY 212 (5) Physics: Calculus-Based II*

Note: Students who take PHY 212 will also receive credit for PHYS 1140 (1) Experimental Physics 1 at UCB. (see left)

  • MATH 1300 (5) Analytical Geometry and Calculus 1 and
  • MAT 201 (5) Calculus I
  • MATH 2300 (5) Analytical Geometry and Calculus 2 and
  • MAT 202 (5) Calculus II
  • MATH 2400 (4) Analytical Geometry and Calculus 3
  • MAT 203 (4) Calculus III

or

  • APPM 1350 (4) Calculus 1 for Engineers and
  • APPM 1360 (4) Calculus 2 for Engineers and
  • APPM 2350 (4) Calculus 3 for Engineers
  • MCDB 1150 (3) Introduction to Molecular Biology and
  • MCDB 1151 (1) Introduction to Molecular Biology Lab and
  • MCDB 2150 (3) Principles of Genetics and
  • MCDB 2151 (1) Principles of Genetics Lab
  • BIO 211 (5) Cell Biology*

Note: Students who take BIO 211 will receive credit for both MCDB 1150 and 1151.

or

  • EBIO 1210 (3) General Biology 1 and
  • EBIO 1230 (1) General Biology Lab 1 and
  • EBIO 1220 (3) General Biology 2 and
  • EBIO 1240 (1) General Biology Lab 2

(this sequence is recommended for premed students)

  • BIO 111 (5) General College Biology I or
  • BIO 110 (5) Foundations of College Biology

Note: Students who take BIO 111 will receive credit for both EBIO 1210 and 1230.

  • BIO 112 (5) General College Biology II

Note: Students who take BIO 112 will receive credit for both EBIO 1220 and 1240.

One of the following:

  • MCDB 2150 (3) Principles of Genetics and
  • MCDB 2151 (1) Principles of Genetics Lab

(if not taken above)

  • MCDB 3135 (3) Molecular Cell Biology 1
  • EBIO 2070 (4) Genetics: Molecules to Populations
  • EBIO 3400 (4) Microbiology
  • BIO 204 (4) Microbiology

NOTE: Courses taught at the lower-division level will count as lower-division credit at UCB, although they may have upper-division equivalencies at UCB.

  • EBIO 4530 (4) Functional Plant Biology
  • IPHY 3430 (3) Human Physiology

Note: Students must complete BIO 201 and 202 to receive credit for IPHY 3410 and IPHY 3430. Students completing only a portion of the sequence will receive elective credit only. Courses taught at the lower-division level will count as lower-division credit at UCB, although they may have upper-division equivalencies at UCB.

All students, and especially those intending to go on to graduate school in biochemistry, will benefit from additional advanced courses.

In addition to graduate courses in various fields of chemistry, advanced courses in biology or mathematics, recommended electives include the following:

  • CHEM 4011 (3) Modern Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 4021 (3) Inorganic Lab
  • CHEM 4171 (3) Instrumental Analysis
  • CHEM 4181 (4) Instrumental Analysis Lab with Environmental Emphasis
  • CHEM 4621 (3) Genome Databases: Mining and Management
  • CHEM 4751 (3) Current Topics in Biochemical Research
  • CHEM 4791(3) Bioorganic Chemistry in Biotechnology
  • CHEM 4901 (1-6) Independent Study

*online or virtual laboratories are not appropriate