Biochemistry Major

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 110, 111, 216, 220, Bio280/Che 280, Bio 385/Che 385
    Chemistry 150, 220, 240, 260, 270, 280, and either 340 or 350
    One additional upper level course in Biology or Chemistry.
    Note: Biology 280 and Chemistry 280 are cross listed as are Biology 385 and Chemistry 385. Either, but not both, may be taken to satisfy the major.

    Courses required outside the discipline:
    Mathematics 118, 119
    Physics 202

Completion of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major results in a Bachelor of Science degree. For more information, contact the directors of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program.