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Requirements for a Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Leading to the B.S. Degree

Courses required for the BMB major that are appropriate for the fall semester of the first year include Chemistry 120-120L and Biology 130-131L. Students considering taking both Chemistry 120-120L and Biology 130-131L in the fall semester of the first year should consult a BMB advisor.

A total of fifty-eight to sixty-four (58-64) credits as follows:

  1. Chemistry 120-125L (Foundations in Chemistry), 211, 212-212L (Organic Chemistry with laboratory), and 240-240L (Analytical Chemistry with laboratory)
  2. Biology 130-131L (Biology I with laboratory) and Biology 140-141L (Biology II with laboratory)
  3. Biology 325-325L (Molecular Biology with laboratory)
  4. Biology 307 (Cell Biology)
  5. Chemistry 414 (Biochemistry)
  6. BMB 310 (Methods in Biochemistry and Cell Biology)
  7. BMB 485 or 486 (Senior Seminar)
  8. Any one of the following: Computer Science 141 (Programming Fundamentals) OR Math 121 (Calculus I) OR one course in probability and statistics. Courses that would be appropriate in the area of probability and statistics include Math 111, Math 211, Psychology 211, Economics 290.​
  9. Two of the following courses; at least one must have a laboratory:

             a. Elective Courses with Laboratory

                       Biology 204-204L (Mechanisms of Development with laboratory)

                       Biology 301-301L (Microbiology with laboratory)

                       Biology 304-304L (Genetics with laboratory)

                       Chemistry 406 (Instrumental Analysis)

                       BMB 451 or 452 (Research with affiliated faculty - 4 credits only may satisfy one elective; must be approved by the BMB committee)

             b. Elective Courses without a Laboratory

                        Biology 330 (Virology/Immunology)

                        Biology 376 (Molecular Neuroscience)

                        Biology 380 (Topics in Biomedical Science)

                        Chemistry 311 (Physical Chemistry)

                        Chemistry 416 (Mechanisms of Drug Action)

 

 

For students seeking admission to graduate school, the following courses are recommended:

  • BMB 451 or 452
  • Chemistry 312-312L for programs in biochemistry.
  • Mathematics 121, 122
  • Physics 111-111L, 112-112L

For students seeking admission to programs in the health professions, please visit the Health Professions Website: http://www.rhodes.edu/academics/3981.asp.

Of the following courses no more than one may be transferred into Rhodes from another institution to satisfy the requirements for the BMB major: Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Methods in Biochemistry and Cell Biology.

No more than one of the two courses listed in item #9  above may be transferred into Rhodes from another institution to satisfy the requirements for the BMB major.

Students seeking a double major must have at least four courses listed in items #3 through #9 for the BMB major that are not used to satisfy requirements for the other major.