The biochemistry and molecular biology major requires 49 credits of BIO, BMB, or CHM courses, and students will need to take at least two courses from these requirements each semester for adequate progress in the major.
|Required Major Courses|
|Broad Foundation in Chemistry: *|
|College Chemistry I|
and College Chemistry I Lab
|College Chemistry II|
and Theory and Methods of Quantitative Analysis Lab
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
|or CHM 123|
| Organic Chemistry I Honors|
and Organic Chemistry I Honors Lab
|Organic Chemistry II|
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
|Broad Foundation in Biology: *|
|Evolutionary and Ecological Biology|
and Evolutionary and Ecological Biology Lab
and Comparative Physiology Lab
|Genetics and Molecular Biology|
and Genetics and Molecular Biology Lab
and Cellular Biology Lab
|BMB Core Sequence:|
|BMB 370||Biochemisty I: Macromolecules and Metabolism (Third Year)||3|
|BMB 372||Molecular Biology (Third Year)||3|
|or BMB 373||Biochemistry II: Protein and Nucleic Acid Structure and Function|
|BMB 371L||Advanced Biochemistry Lab (Third Year)||1.5|
|BMB 388||Seminar in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||1|
|BMB 372L||Molecular Biology Laboratory||1.5|
|or BIO 376||Methods in Molecular Genetics|
|Select one of the following Options: **||1-7.5|
|Chemical Research Experience|
Off campus research experience that is previously approved by a member of the BMB faculty.
|BMB 395||Senior Research Project (guided by a faculty member)||1|
|MST 112||Calculus with Analytic Geometry II||4|
|PHY 113||General Physics I||4|
|or PHY 123||General Physics I Honors|
|PHY 114||General Physics II||4|
|or PHY 124||General Physics II Honors|
These biology and chemistry core courses should be completed in the first two years of study.
At least two semesters or summers of research are required for research performed in a laboratory at Wake Forest University or the Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Should also be completed by the end of the third year.
Elective courses must be selected from the following list. For course descriptions, see the relevant department’s listing in this publication. Additional elective courses may have been approved since publication of this bulletin. The program coordinator maintains a complete list of all approved elective courses. Students choosing the concentration in molecular biology can take any two from the list, while students choosing the biochemistry concentration must take either BMB 376 or CHM 341 and one other elective.
|BMB 301||Special Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||3|
|BMB 376||Biophysical Chemistry||3|
|BMB/BIO 382||Molecular Signaling||3|
|BIO 317/318||Plant Physiology and Development||3-4|
|BIO 351||Vertebrate Physiology||4|
|BIO 365||Biology of the Cell||3|
|BIO 368/369||The Cell Biological Basis of Disease||3-4|
|BMB 373||Biochemistry II: Protein and Nucleic Acid Structure and Function||3|
|CHM 324||Medicinal Chemistry I||3|
|CHM 334||Chemical Analysis||4|
|CHM 341||Physical Chemistry I||3|
|CSC/BIO 387||Computational Systems Biology||3|
|PHY 320||Physics of Biological Macromolecules||3|
Highly qualified majors may be eligible to graduate with honors in biochemistry and molecular biology if their research project is of sufficient quality. To be awarded the distinction “Honors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,” a graduating student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses and a 3.3 in required and elective BIO, BMB, and CHM courses. Honors students will likely have begun research before their senior year. Students interested in pursuing an honors degree must obtain preapproval from the program coordinator during the fall of the senior year and enroll in BMB 395 during their senior year. The student must prepare an honors paper describing his or her independent research project, written in the form of a scientific paper, which must be submitted to, and approved by, an advisory committee. Honors students are also required to make a short oral presentation at the end of their senior year. For additional information, please consult the program coordinator or BMB faculty advisors.