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  Nov 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017 - 2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Biochemistry, Minor


A minor in biochemistry requires successful completion of a minimum of 18 credit hours consisting of a 12 credit core and 6 credits in electives. Only two of the courses applied to the minor may also be applied to major requirements. In addition, at least 9 hours in prerequisites must be completed.

Declaration of a Biochemistry minor must occur after declaring an academic major and should occur before the beginning of preregistration for final semester senior year classes to ensure timely filing with the Office of the Registrar. Declaration of the Biochemistry minor involves completing the two forms provided below, obtaining approval signatures from any member of the Biochemistry Advisory Committee [Bebout (Director, Chemistry), Coleman (Chemistry), Hinton (Biology), Landino (Chemistry), Shakes (Biology), Young (Chemistry)], and submitting both forms with an unofficial transcript to the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies (Professor Schwartz in the Charles Center).

Additional Prerequisites (9 credits):


Electives (6 or More Credits)


Students must select two additional courses from those listed below which are not offered by their major department; students majoring in neither Biology nor Chemistry must select one Biology course and one Chemistry course. Some electives have an optional laboratory component.

Additional Guidelines:


If a student with an AP Biology score of 5 elects not to take BIOL 220, the 4 credit Biology elective may count towards the Biochemistry minor. If the student takes BIOL 220, the Biology elective does not count towards the minor. Students with an exemption from BIOL 225 may either elect to take it for credit or take an additional Biochemistry minor Biology elective to obtain sufficient credits for the minor.

Non-chemistry majors considering the Biochemistry minor may also wish to consider the Chemistry Minor, which takes only two courses beyond the two-year introductory sequence in Chemistry rather than three. Since the Chemistry Minor electives include CHEM 309  , CHEM 341   and  CHEM 314 , students anticipating scheduling difficulties that may preclude them from completing the Biochemistry Minor may want to fulfill the requirements for a Chemistry Minor first.

Semester course scheduling may vary depending on staff availability, and in some cases there are time conflicts.

Be certain you will have met course prerequisites by the time you plan to enroll in a course.

Declaration of the Biochemistry Minor should be submitted to the Charles Center before the beginning of preregistration for the final semester of the student's senior year.

A student with two majors may not declare a minor. Only one minor may be declared.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in the courses which are to be counted toward the minor, and none may have been taken pass/fail.

You may count up to two courses toward both a major and a minor.