Biochemistry B.S.

All students must meet the Degree and University Requirements.

All students must meet the Catamount Core Curriculum Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

Major Requirements

Students who are pursuing the B.S. in Biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to take at least 84 credits of coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences.

At least 46 credits in major courses, plus 23-27 credits in ancillary courses, including:

ANCILLARY REQUIREMENTS. At least 23 credits.
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY. Choose 1 of the following options:4-8
Option A (recommended):
Exploring Biology 1
and Exploring Biology 2
Option B:
Accelerated Biology
Option C:
Principles of Biology 1
and Principles of Biology 2
MATHEMATICS. Choose 1 of the following options:8
Option A (recommended):
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Option B:
Fundamentals of Calculus I
and Transitional Calculus
Basic Statistical Methods 1
PHYSICS. Choose 1 of the following options:8
Option A (recommended):
Fundamentals of Physics I
and Fundamentals of Physics II
Option B:
Elementary Physics I
and Elementary Physics II
CORE REQUIREMENTS. At least 32 credits.
Molecular & Cell Biology w/lab
GENERAL CHEMISTRY. Choose 1 of the following options:5-8
Option A (recommended):
Exploring Chemistry 1
and Exploring Chemistry 2
and Inorganic Chemistry
Option B:
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 2
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. Choose 1 of the following options:8
Option A (recommended):
Organic Chemistry for Majors 1
and Organic Chemistry for Majors 2
Option B:
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 2
Intro Physical Chemistry
Biochemistry I
Biochemistry II
Biochemistry Lab
Adv Biochem Lab: Protein CURE
Quantitative Analysis
Intro Molecular Genetics
Applied Cell & Mol Bio Lab
Adv Genetics Laboratory
Adv Genetics & Proteomics Lab
ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY ELECTIVES. 5-9 additional credits from the Undergraduate and/or Graduate Elective lists below, in any combination.5-9
RESEARCH. Up to 4 credits from the following: BIOC 3995, BIOC 4996, CHEM 3995, or MMG 3995. Research credits in other related disciplines may be applied with the approval of the Biochemistry Directors.0-4
SENIOR PROJECT. Choose 1 of the following:1
Biochemistry Senior Seminar
Additional courses, including graduate-level courses, may be accepted as electives with prior approval from the Biochemistry Directors.


Students completing the B.S. in Biochemistry may not also receive the B.A. in Chemistry or the B.S. in Chemistry.

Other Information

In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), only one course may overlap between a major and a minor or between two CAS majors.

Courses for the major and/or its pre/co-requisites that are cross-listed in the catalog or schedule of courses under another course prefix may be taken under that other prefix and still count for these requirements.

With the approval of the chair/director, courses that applied to the major in previous years but have since been deactivated may be applied to this year’s major requirements if they are reactivated.

For a Bachelor of Science degree, no more than 50 credits in courses with the same departmental prefix may be used toward completion of the 120 credits required for graduation.

At least half of the credits used to complete major requirements must be taken at the University of Vermont.