MAJOR: Consists of: Biochemistry 490; a 100 level organismal biology course (Biology 105, 106, 110, or 115); Biology 130; at least one 200 level cell and molecular biology course (Biology 221, 224, or 226); Biology 349; one additional 300 level cell and molecular course (with lab) (Biology 320, 323, 325, 326, 330, 333, 336); Chemistry 120 or 130, 220, 221, 240, 300, and 350; Mathematics 110 and 120; Physics 115 and 125 or Physics 110 and 120. All courses must include a lab component unless otherwise specified. It is highly recommended that students take two 200 level cell and molecular biology courses.
WRITING REQUIREMENT: Students majoring in Biochemistry will satisfy the final component of Occidental College's writing requirement by completing a research paper during the fall semester of Biochemistry 490, Senior Seminar. Students should familiarize themselves with the departmental requirement at the time of declaring the major. Sudents should meet with the Biochemistry Program chair for detailed information about the writing requirement process.
COMPREHENSIVE REQUIREMENT: The student must pass the Graduate Record Examination in Biochemistry at the 50 percentile rank or the American Chemical Society undergraduate examination in Biochemistry at the 50 percentile rank. The student will also satisfactorily write a research paper and present a seminar during the Senior year on an area of current research in the field of Biochemistry to an audience of Occidental students and faculty. A student can earn distinction in Biochemistry with a 75th percentile rank and a distinguished paper and seminar presentation.
HONORS: In addition to the requirements for College honors, the student will successfully defend a written thesis based upon the outcome of his or her laboratory research effort as an undergraduate. See the Honors Program for more information.