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Discover Biochemistry

The Biochemistry Program is a cross-college degree program. This means that faculty members from several departments across campus participate in teaching and advising biochemistry majors. This is a particularly rewarding aspect of the program: students draw on a variety of perspectives from many different disciplines. Biochemistry majors are required to take a core curriculum of chemistry, biology, and biochemistry coursework.

Specialized Small Classes for Majors

Specialized small classes for majors

Biochemistry majors also have access to specialized introductory coursework that is designed specifically for majors, that has much smaller class sizes than the general introductory science coursework. For example, CHEM 47/48 (Organic Chemistry 1/2 for first year students) is restricted to chemistry and biochemistry majors, and has a maximum capacity of 60 students; most sections of BCOR 11/12 (Exploring Biology) have sections restricted to 45 students with majors in the life sciences.

Plethora of Electives

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Majors are required to take 9 to 12 credits of PDF iconadvanced electives (PDF) in areas related to biochemistry. Examples of courses in this category are shown on the right. Many students choose electives that are related to a specific area of interest, such as medicinal chemistry, neuroscience, nutrition, or others. In addition, student can count up to 4 credits of undergraduate research toward their degree.

What do biochemists do?

Biochemistry connects many different fields of science, from quantum physics to molecular biology. Click here to see examples of research being performed in the field of biochemistry here at the University of Vermont.

Sample electives:

  • Endocrinology
  • Protein/Nucleic Acid Structure
  • Developmental Biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Molecular Endocrinology
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Adv Organic Chemistry
  • Mammalian Cell Lab
  • Eukaryotic Cell Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Virology
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Intro to Pharmacology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychopharmacology

If you would like to count a course that is not listed here as an elective, email the program directors for permission prior to registration.