Biochemistry students are biology and chemistry majors (or both) who choose to tailor their coursework to focus on the molecules and chemical reactions of life. Lists of required, supporting and elective courses follow.

Major in Biology with Added Emphasis in Biochemistry

Students with a strong interest in pursuing more in-depth study of biochemistry may want to major in biology with an added emphasis in biochemistry. This emphasis is also a good option for students interested in medical school and/or graduate study in any biomedical field. Students choosing this option will have this noted on their transcripts as Biology Major with Added Emphasis in Biochemistry. To earn an emphasis in biochemistry, students must complete all of the requirements of the biology major with two of the the upper-level electives being BIOL 351 – Biochemistry I, and either BIOL 352 – Biochemistry II or BIOL 354 – Chemical Biology. In addition, CHEM 212 – Organic Chemistry IICHEM 311 – Thermodynamics and Kinetics and PHYS 227 – Principles of Physics II must be taken.  Advanced electives in biology or chemistry are encouraged. Substitution of an advanced chemistry course for a biology elective needs the approval of the chair. Because two of the required supporting courses (CHEM 311 and PHYS 227) have MATH 137 – Applied Multivariable Calculus II as a prerequisite, students pursuing an added emphasis in biochemistry need to plan their math course(s) accordingly.

Required Biology Courses

Biology 255 Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory
Biology 260 Genetics
Biology 265 Cell Biology
Biology 270 Biodiversity and Evolution
Biology 275 Ecology
Biology 489 Senior Seminar (two semesters)

Required Supporting Courses

Chemistry 111 General Chemistry I
Chemistry 112 General Chemistry II
Chemistry 115 Accelerated General Chemistry (may be taken in place of Chemistry 111 and 112)
Chemistry 211 Organic Chemistry I
Chemistry 212 Organic Chemistry II
Chemistry 311 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Math 135 Applied Calculus
Math 155 Introduction to Statistical Modeling
Physics 226 Principles of Physics I
Physics 227 Principles of Physics II

Required Electives

Biology/Chemistry 351 Biochemistry I
Biology/Chemistry 352 Biochemistry II or Biology/Chemistry 354 Chemical Biology

Two additional upper level biology courses


Major in Chemistry with Added Emphasis in Biochemistry

Students interested in biochemistry should consider majoring in chemistry with an added emphasis in biochemistry. Students choosing this option will have this noted on their transcripts as Chemistry Major with Added Emphasis in Biochemistry. To earn an emphasis in biochemistry, students must complete all of the requirements of the Macalester chemistry major plus CHEM 351 – Biochemistry I.  Students must also take CHEM 352 – Biochemistry II or CHEM 354 – Chemical Biology or another advanced course at the interface of chemistry and biology approved by the Chemistry Department chair. In addition, students must take BIOL 260 – Genetics and BIOL 265 – Cell Biology. The Chemistry Department encourages advanced electives in chemistry or biology.

Required Chemistry Courses

Chemistry 111 General Chemistry I
Chemistry 112 General Chemistry II
Chemistry 115 Accelerated General Chemistry (may be taken in place of Chemistry 111 and 112)
Chemistry 211 Organic Chemistry I
Chemistry 212 Organic Chemistry II
Chemistry 222 Analytical Chemistry
Chemistry 311 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Chemistry 312 Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
Chemistry 411 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Chemistry 300 Chemistry Seminar (four semesters)

Required Supporting Courses

Biology 260 Genetics
Biology 265 Cell Biology
Math 137 Single Variable Calculus
Math 237 Multivariable Calculus
Physics 226 Principles of Physics I
Physics 227 Principles of Physics II

Required Electives

Biology/Chemistry 351 Biochemistry I
Biology/Chemistry 352 Biochemistry II or Biology/Chemistry 354 Chemical Biology