MAJOR: Consists of: Biochemistry 490; Biology 115, 130, 221, 322 and one additional upper level Biology course (with lab) in the area of cell and molecular biology; Chemistry 120 or 130, 220, 221, 240, 300, and 350; Mathematics 110 and 120; Physics 110 and 120, or Physics 115 and 125. All courses must include a lab component unless otherwise specified. One of the two "Biochemistry" courses (Bio 322 and Chem 350) can be replaced as follows: Bio 322 can be replaced by an additional 300 level biology course, with lab, in the area of cell and molecular biology; Chem 350 can be replaced by taking 4 units total of 300 level chemistry course(s), CHEM 395 or BIO 395 cannot be used to replace CHEM 350.
WRITING REQUIREMENT: Students majoring in Biochemistry will satisfy the final component of Occidental College's writing requirement by completing a portfolio of five specified papers or the appropriate English Writing class. Students should familiarize themselves with the departmental requirement at the time of declaring the major. See the writing program and consult the Program Chair for additional information.
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 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 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.