Majors and Minors

The major provides background for a variety of career goals, including advanced study in biochemistry, molecular biochemistry, pharmacology, medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine; technical and nontechnical areas of biochemical, medical and pharmaceutical industries; and scientific writing or editing. 

Collaborative research is an integral part of this rapidly changing area and all biochemistry and molecular biology majors are required to have a research experience as part of their undergraduate requirements. This research experience may be a credit or noncredit program either on or off campus. 

Students considering a major in biochemistry and molecular biology should consult a biochemistry adviser as soon as possible, as sequencing of courses and prerequisites requires careful planning. 

Major Student Learning Objectives - Students graduating with a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major from Agnes Scott College will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of scientific principles that apply to biochemistry and molecular biology;
  • demonstrate the laboratory and computational skills necessary to conduct research in biochemistry and molecular biology;
  • critically analyze the primary literature in the field and communicate scientific information clearly and persuasively;
  • apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to the disciplines of and issues relating to biochemistry and molecular biology.

Requirements for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major

Courses required in the discipline:  
  • Biology 191, 192, 300 (or Chemistry 280), and 316  
  • Additional course chosen from 260, 301, 309, 315, 317 and 318  
  • Biology credits: 16-20 (Note: Biochemistry and molecular biology majors do not have to take Bio 210 in order to enroll in upper level biology courses.)  
  • Chemistry 150, 150L, 220, 220L, 240, 240L, 260, 270, 280 (or Biology 300), 380, and  either 340 or 350, plus 4 additional credit hours of chemistry excluding 340 or 350. 

Note: Biology 300 and Chemistry 280 are cross listed. Either, but not both, may be taken to satisfy the major.

Courses required outside the discipline:  
  • Mathematics 118, 119  
  • Physics 110 

Additional requirements: All students must partake in a supervised research experience approved by the codirectors of the biochemistry and molecular biology program. Students may fulfill this requirement by taking appropriate Agnes Scott research courses or by taking part in biochemical research or internship experiences either on or off campus, including possible summer opportunities. Students must also give a formal presentation of their research accomplishment, either at the Spring Annual Research Conference or other approved venue. Completion of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major results in a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. For more information, contact the directors of the biochemistry and molecular biology program.