Biochemistry Major

With roots in the physical and biological sciences, biochemistry is a rapidly evolving area of scientific endeavor that is at the forefront of modern science. Biochemistry plays an increasingly important role in scientific medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, agriculture, nutrition and the food industry, environmental sciences, and the emerging area of biotechnology.

The biochemistry major at Regis College aims to foster in students the intellectual background necessary for success in a modern scientific endeavor. Curriculum requirements are designed to build a solid scientific grounding while allowing flexibility for concentration in areas consistent with specific student goals. All of this is offered in the context of a broad liberal arts education.

One of our primary goals is to give students hands-on laboratory experience; our labs are designed with computers and instrumentation to facilitate this goal. We also place students in work-study positions ranging from involvement in reagent preparation to teaching assistantships. This experience—along with the rigorous curriculum—provides excellent training for a career or post-graduate studies in chemistry, biochemistry, and related fields.

We strongly encourage biochemistry majors to pursue internships and research opportunities during the last two years of study. Recent biochemistry students have completed internships with organizations such as:

  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Genzyme
  • Biogen Idec
  • Mass. State Crime Laboratory (Sudbury)
  • Nova Biomedical
  • Raytheon (Andover)
  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital

Biochemistry Courses

The following courses are required for the biochemistry major:

  • BI 209 Introductory Microbiology/Lab
  • BI 210 Cell Biology/Lab
  • BI 307 Genetics/Lab
  • CH 103, CH 104 Chemical Structure and Reactions/Lab
  • CH 305, CH 306 Organic Chemistry/Lab
  • CH 307 Physical Chemistry
  • CH 313 Analytical Chemistry/Lab
  • CH 315, CH 316 Biochemistry/Lab
  • MA 101 Introductory Calculus
  • PY 213 General Physics/Lab
  • Two seminars:
        • BI 404: Seminar: Biochemical Topics or CH 404: Seminar: Biochemical Topics
        • A second seminar selected from the biology or chemistry seminar offerings
  • One upper-level elective from courses in biology or chemistry

For students planning graduate work in biochemistry, we strongly recommend additional work in mathematics and physics, as well as a second semester of physical chemistry.

Elective Courses

Biochemistry majors must elect at least one additional upper-level chemistry or biology course from the offerings of either the biology program or chemistry and physics program.

Most students have sufficient room in their program for several electives. This allows for the development

Biochemistry Curriculum: Four Years

The following is a sample four-year curriculum schedule for the biochemistry major:

Note: Two or more semesters of both math and physics are normally required by graduate schools, by professional programs, or for employment in research laboratories. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to take more than one semester of these courses.

First Year

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
EN 105 Writing Seminar 3 EN106 Critical Reading, Thinking, Writing 3
First Year Seminar 3 First Year Seminar 3
MA 101 Introductory Calculus* 3 MA 102 Introductory Calculus*** 3
CH 103 Chemical Structure and Reactions/Lab 4 CH 104 Chemical Structure and Reactions/Lab 4
BI 209 Introductory Microbiology/Lab** 4 BI 210 Cell Biology/Lab** 4

Second Year

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
CH 305 Organic Chemistry/Lab 4 CH 306 Organic Chemistry/Lab 4
PY 213 General Physics/Lab 4 PY 214 General Physics/Lab*** 4
Core/major elective 3 Core/major elective 3
Core/major elective 3 Core/major elective 3
Core/major elective 3 Core/major elective 3

Third Year

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
CH 313 Analytical Chemistry/Lab 4 CH 307 Physical Chemistry 3
BI 307 Genetics/Lab 4 Core/major elective 3
Seminar or core/major elective 3 Core/major elective 3
Core/major elective 3 Core/major elective 3
Core/major elective 3 Core/major elective 3

Fourth Year

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
CH 315 Biochemistry/Lab 3 CH 316 Biochemistry/Lab 4
Seminar or core/major elective 3 BI 404/CH 404 Seminar: Biochemical Topics 3
Core/major elective 3 Core/major elective 3
Core/major elective 3 Core/major elective 3

* One course beyond MA 100, or achieving a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the Advanced Placement calculus test. Students who do not achieve a math SAT score of 440 will complete MA 100 prior to a higher-level math course. MA 100 may be waived by passing a competency exam prepared by the Math Department.

** Alternatively, BI 209 and BI 210 may be taken in the second year.

*** Students who are planning to do graduate work or enter professional health careers should select these courses. Students who meet the criteria of the Chemistry and Physics Department may take CH 305 and CH 306 in the first year.

Courses Science Pathway

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