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First-Year Students

Students interested in majoring in Biochemistry should speak with a faculty member in the Biology or Chemistry departments early in their undergraduate career. Faculty will help lay out a four-year plan that includes required courses, elective courses, opportunities for off-campus study, and possible internships. Early consultation is important to sequencing of several courses so that off-campus study remains an option. In general, students should take CHEM 111 in their first semester, and CHEM 221 and BIOL 112 in their second semester.

The Major

All of the following Chemistry courses:

  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry
  • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 331 Equilibrium and Analysis
  • CHEM 351 Biochemistry

AND one of the following in Chemistry:

  • CHEM 341 Thermodynamics and Kinetics (recommended)
  • CHEM 361 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 371 Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
  • CHEM 431 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • Other special courses as offered by prior arrangement with Chemistry faculty

AND both of the following Biology courses:

  • BIOL 112 Cells, Genes and Inheritance
  • BIOL 341 Cell Physiology

AND at least one course from each of the two lists that follow, totaling at least 7 credits:

Choose one from:

  • BIOL 226 Biological Diversity
  • BIOL 384 Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 460 Plant Cell Biology
  • BIOL 461 Microbiology
  • BIOL 462 Parasitology

AND choose one from:

  • BIOL 343 Immunology
  • BIOL 345 Anatomy and Physiology I: Nervous and Endocrine OR
    BIOL 347 Anatomy and Physiology II: Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Renal and Digestive
  • BIOL 383 Bioinformatics
  • BIOL 464 Advanced Cell Physiology
  • BIOL 465 Advanced Cell Physiology Laboratory
  • BIOL 466 Molecular Genetics
  • Other special courses as offered by prior arrangement with Biology faculty


  • MATH 180 Calculus A OR MATH 120 Elementary Statistics OR MATH 300 Advanced Statistics OR PSYC 245 Research Methods and Statistics
  • Either PHYS 125 and 235 Analytical Physics I and II (recommended);
    OR PHYS 120 and 230 General Physics I and II
  • Either BIOL 480 Seminar
    OR CHEM 480 Seminar
  • An independent research project is also required. This may be accomplished as an independent study in Biology or Chemistry, as a summer research experience on- or off-campus, as an approved Ford/Knight Research Project or as a semester off-campus program such as the Oak Ridge Program. Careful early planning with your adviser should be done to determine the best option for the research experience. A presentation of the research in a public forum is expected.
  • Comprehensive Examinations must also be successfully completed.

Note: Students with AP, IB or transfer credits in Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Calculus should be in contact with a faculty member in a related program.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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