Course Selection for Students Considering a Biochemistry Major
If you are a first- or second-year student interested in the biochemistry major, you should take science courses that fulfill some of the major requirements and prepare you for the advanced courses that Biochemistry majors take in their third and fourth years. This page provides some general guidance about which courses to take and when to take them. However, the optimal course choice will differ depending on a student’s other academic interests, their previous preparation in math and science, and other factors. If you have further questions after reading the information below, please contact your academic advisor or the Biochemistry Undergraduate Advising Head for course selection advice.
I’m an incoming first year student. What courses should I register for if I am thinking about majoring in Biochemistry?
Isn’t it a lot, taking two science courses plus labs (possibly plus math) in my first year?
Couldn't I take BIOL 14a and 15b in my first year and Phys 11a,b in my second year, instead of the other way around?
I need to take MATH 10a (or both MATH 5a and MATH 10a). Will this put me behind in fulfilling the major requirements for Biochemistry?
Why does the biochemistry major require so many introductory science courses?
I did not take the courses recommended in my first year. Is it still possible for me to be a biochemistry major?
I started mid-year. What courses should I take to be a biochemistry major?
Do I have to take BIOL18a, the second semester of Biology lab?
I did well on my Biology AP. Does that get me out of having to take BIOL 14 or BIOL 15?
Is there a lab course for Biochemistry?
Should I take advanced math courses?
I got a C in Orgo (or Gen. Chem. or Intro Phys. or Calculus). Should I be a Biochemistry major?
Can I be a Biochem/Neuro double major?