Undergraduate Program in
Biology and Medicine


   B.S. in Biological Sciences - Biochemistry (BS BBC)

Dr. Elizabeth Grayhack,
Track Coordinator and Advisor
Department of Biochemistry
Room 3-7415, Medical Center (Directions)
(585) 275-2765

*Students intending to declare a BS in Biochemistry (BS BBC) should meet with the Administrator for the UPBM, Marianne Arcoraci, to create an academic plan before meeting with the academic advisor for the BBC track. Students may either visit the UPBM office located in Hutchison Hall, room 488 or contact the office by e-mail (marianne.arcoraci@rochester.edu) to schedule an appointment.


Anthony Olek

Dr. Elizabeth Grayhack, Track Coordinator and Advisor

I. INTRODUCTORY COURSES 3 courses, 12 credits
  1. BIO 110 Principles of Biology I (4 cr)
BIO 112 Perspectives in Biology I (4 cr)  
There is no companion laboratory, however, note co-registration in a 2 hour workshop.
2. BIO 111 Principles of Biology II (4 cr)
BIO 113 Perspectives in Biology II (4 cr)
BIO 111P  Introductory Biology Lab (1 cr) is the companion laboratory for BIO 111
BIO 113P Perspectives in Biology Lab (will not be offered after Spring 2013)
3. BIO 198 Principles of Genetics (4 cr) BIO 198P Principles of Genetics Lab is the companion of BIO 198P Principles of Genetics Lab is the companion laboratory for BIO 198
II. LABORATORY EXPERIENCE 1 & 1/2 laboratories
  1. BCH 208 Biochemical and Molecular Biology Techniques (4 credit full laboratory) open to sophomores and juniors
*Optional: May subsitute BCH 208 requirement with two semesters (8 credits) of ###395 Biological Science Independent Research approved by the track director.  In this event, 395 credit may not be used to fulfill an advanced elective for the BBC major.
2. ________ Plus other full or 1/2 laboratory (see laboratory list). It is recommended that students take BIO 111P or BIO 113P and BIO 198P as part of their introductory coursework to complete this requirement.
III. ADVANCED COURSES 6 courses, 24 credits
1. BIO 250H Introduction to Biochemistry Honors - BIO250H CHANGE NOTICE effective Class of 2017 Majors are strongly urged to take BIO 250H, although BIO250 may be applied to the BBC major with permission of the track coordinator.
2. BIO 202 Molecular Biology
3. IND 408 Advanced Biochemistry
4. IND 410 Molecular Biology and Genetics
5. ______ BCH 412 Advanced Topics in Biological Macromolecules
BIO 222 Biology of Aging
BIO 243 Eukaryotic Gene Regulation
CHM 252 Physical Chemistry II
CHM 414 Bioinorganic Chemistry
CHM 440 Bioorganic Chemistry and Chemical Biology
IND 409 Cell Biology
IND 447 Signal Transduction
###395 Biological Science Independent Research: must be 4 credits, have approval of track director, only one semester is allowed to count in track requirements, and research completed in the freshman or sophomore years is generally not acceptable to fulfill this requirement
MBI 473 Immunology CHANGE NOTICE effective class of 2017 MBI 473 will no longer applicable to BBC major. Previous classes may apply if already taken.
6. ______
  1. ______
This course must be a 4 credit 200-level course, outside of the Biochemistry curriculum, and is to be selected from those courses offered through the Undergraduate Program in Biology and Medicine or through the Chemistry department and must be approved by the Track Coordinator. See UPBM Course Offerings.
V. ALLIED FIELD COURSES 9 courses with indicated laboratories
  1. CHM 131 Chemical Concepts, Systems and Practices I (lab included in course)  
2. CHM 132 Chemical Concepts, Systems and Practices II (lab included in course)
3. CHM 203 Organic Chemistry I With CHM 207 Lab Or CHM 171/Q Freshman Organic Chemstry I with CHM 173 Lab
4. CHM204 Organic Chemistry II With CHM208 Organic Chemistry Lab II Or CHM172/Q Freshman Organic Chemistry II with CHM 208 Or CHM210 lab.
Note: Satisfactory Completion of CHM 171/Q & 172/Q Quest Organic Chemistry with the CHM210 lab in conjunction with AP credit for CHM131 fulfills the chemistry requirements.
5. PHY 113 General Physics I (lab included in course) Or PHY 121 Mechanics (lab included in course), Or PHY 141 Mechanics (Honors)
6. PHY 114 General Physics II (lab included in course) Or PHY 122 Electricity and Magnetism (lab included in course), Or PHY 142 Electricity and Magnetism (Honors)
7. MTH 141 Calculus I Or MTH 161 Calculus IA Or MTH 171Q Honors Calculus I
8. MTH 142 Calculus II Or MTH 162 Calculus IIA Or MTH 172Q Honors Calculus II
9. _____ Math: MTH 163, 164,165, 235 or other upper-level math with advisor approval (MTH 143 not acceptable)
Statistics: STT AP, 201, 212, 214 (cross-listed as BIO214/STT214), or other upper-level statistics course with advisor approval (STT 211 not acceptable)
Computer Programming: CSC 109, 161, 170, 171, ECE 114 or other computer programming course with advisor approval (CSC 108 and 110 not acceptable).
  1. ______ All biology majors must complete two upper-level writing courses. Although students are strongly encouraged to complete both upper-level writing requirements with Biological Science courses; a natural science upper-level writing course can be used to meet one of the requirements. Independent Research (395W) courses may also be used to satisfy an upper-level writing requirement as well.

For lists of UPBM elective/diversification courses, see UPBM Course Offerings. . Please note that course titles with an " * " indicates an optional upper-level writing component is offered
2. ______
  Exceptions to the requirements listed above must be petitioned to The UPBM committee.
Petitions may be submitted on-line to the Petition to the UPBM Committee Wepage
*Academic Advisors should be consulted in advance of submission
  In addition, be sure to consult our General Degree Requirements and Writing Policy when constructing your program.