Major in Biochemistry, BS

The BS program in biochemistry provides a strong foundation in both molecular biology and chemistry and is based on faculty, facilities, and research resources in both the Department of Biomolecular Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. In addition to in-class laboratory instruction, this interdisciplinary program emphasizes independent student research carried out under the guidance of a faculty member from either department. This program is designed to prepare students for careers or advanced study in biochemistry, molecular biology, or health-related fields. For more information, refer to the biochemistry page.

Portfolio Requirement

The portfolio requirement in biomolecular sciences will be formally introduced to students during the BMS 190 and 290 introductory core component of all major programs in biomolecular sciences. Minimally, the student portfolio must include a current resume, a current student graduation evaluation or transcript, a planned program of academic study (program sheets available from the Department of Biomolecular Sciences), a narrative describing the student’s goals for undergraduate education and graduate educational or career plans, abstracts of all independent study projects completed, and writing samples from one or more upper-level courses in the major. To fulfill the portfolio requirement in biomolecular sciences, the student portfolio must be reviewed with one or more faculty members in biomolecular sciences:

  • As a course requirement in BMS 190 and 290;

  • As a required component of all BMS 390, 391, or 491 independent studies or internships; and

  • Prior to application for graduation, as evidenced by submission of a Portfolio Requirement Completed form (available from the Department of Biomolecular Sciences and signed by the major advisor) to the biomolecular sciences chair.

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