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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.S.

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The B.S. program consists of 79-82 credits as detailed in the following list.

Note that CHEM 437 , CHEM 438 , CHEM 437L  and the two electives must be completed at UMBC. Taking any other courses required for the major while enrolled at UMBC must be approved by the program.

Any two of the following electives (6-8 credits)


The curriculum for the Biological Sciences undergraduate major is in the process of changing. This new curriculum will phase out certain BIOL courses, necessitating changes to the requirements of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. For the latest information on requirements, please consult the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program web site.

Individual Laboratory Research

1-4 credits (recommended)

Students have the opportunity to integrate what they have learned by doing independent research with participating faculty. Those working with a biological sciences faculty member may register for BIOL 399  or BIOL 499 . Those working in a chemistry and biochemistry faculty laboratory may register for CHEM 399  or CHEM 499 .

* MATH 251  and CHEM 302  are recommended for those anticipating graduate study in chemistry, biophysical chemistry or biophysics.


The following courses, which have variable topics, may be approved as Biochemistry and Molecular Biology electives in those years when their topic is appropriate (subject to confirmation in each case by the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Committee):


In fulfilling major requirements, CHEM 437 , CHEM 438  and CHEM 437L  must be completed at UMBC, with a grade of “C” or better. An overall “C” average must be maintained in required courses. Prerequisites for all courses in the major must be satisfied with a grade of “C” or better.

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