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The Biochemistry Program: Courses

Required and elective courses in biology and chemistry:
For courses with a BIO prefix, refer to Biology Courses.
For courses with a CHE prefix, refer to Chemistry Courses.

Biochemistry Junior Seminar
BCM 3880
/ 2 credits / Spring
Students complete a senior research proposal, which is submitted to the biochemistry faculty for review and approval. Students also attend research seminars presented by faculty and guest speakers. Required for juniors majoring in biochemistry.
Prerequisite: Junior standing

Biochemistry Internship
BCM 3995
/ 1–3 credits / Every semester
Opportunities to work as apprentices in research labs at other institutions (industrial or academic) can be arranged in an area of scientific or career interest.

Tutorial and Independent Study
BCM 3996
and 3997 / 1–3 credits / Every semester
Students with special interests may study independently under the sponsorship of a faculty member in the board of study. Independent study in general subjects is permitted if the board of study offers no formal course covering the material. Independent study may not be substituted for any specific requirement.

Biochemistry Learning Assistant
BCM 3998
/ 1–2 credits / Every semester
Students who have received a grade of B+ or higher in the relevant course are eligible for the learning assistantship. Assignments may include tutoring students or assisting faculty in labs. This assistantship is recommended for students anticipating graduate school. Four credits in BCM 3998 may be applied toward the minimum required for graduation.

Biochemistry Senior Seminar I and II
BCM 4880
and 4890 / 1 credit (per semester) / I: Fall; II: Spring
Faculty, visiting scientists, and seniors in biochemistry present results of current research projects. Students are graded on the basis of oral presentations of senior project results made to the faculty and their peers.
Corequisite: SPJ 4990 (Fall) and 4991 (Spring)

Senior Project I and II
SPJ 4990
and 4991 / 4 credits (per semester) / Every year
Two-semester independent study (8 credits total) leading to a baccalaureate thesis. The student defines and conducts an independent lab project. The work is conducted in the lab of a biochemistry faculty member.
Prerequisite: BCM 3880
Corequisite: BCM 4880 (Fall) and 4890 (Spring)

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