Chemistry and Biology Major (5-7)

The Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry offer a joint curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology that focuses on the intersection of these two subject areas, encompassing Biochemistry and Chemical Biology. The curriculum provides strong foundations in both Chemistry and Biology, with flexibility in elective subjects that enables students to tailor their major program to their specific interests within the broad interface of Biology and Chemistry. Students in the program are full members of both departments, with one academic advisor from each department.

 

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology prepares students for careers that involve applications of both subjects, including the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, as well as further graduate study in biochemistry, molecular biology, and chemical biology. The interdepartmental major program also provides a strong foundation for the study of clinical and research careers in medicine and related health professions.

 

Required Lecture Subjects:
5.03 Principles of Inorganic Chemistry I
5.12 Organic Chemistry I
5.13 Organic Chemistry II
5.60 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
7.03 Genetics
7.06 Cell Biology
5.07 or 7.05 Biological Chemistry I or General Biochemistry

Elective Subjects: (Select two)
5.04 Principles of Inorganic Chemistry II
5.08 Biological Chemistry II
5.43 Advanced Organic Chemistry
5.61 Physical Chemistry
5.62 Physical Chemistry
7.09 Quantitative & Computational Biology
7.20 Human Physiology
7.21 Microbial Physiology
7.22 Developmental Biology
7.23 Immunology
7.26 Molecular Basis of Infectious Disease
7.27 Principles of Human Disease
7.28 Molecular Biology
7.29 Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
7.30A-B Fundamentals of Ecology I
7.31 Current Topics in Mammalian Biology: Medical Implications
7.32 Systems Biology
7.33 Evolutionary Biology: Concepts, Models, & Computation
7.371 Biological & Engineering Principles Underlying Novel Biotherapeutics
7.38* Mechanical Cell Biology
7.41 Principles of Chemical Biology
7.45 The Hallmarks of Cancer
7.49 Developmental Neurobiology

*7.38 will not be offered after Spring 2017 but for students who have already taken the course, it will continue to count as a restricted elective. 
 

Lab Track 1
Required Labs:
Module 1 (5.351) Fundamentals of Spectroscopy
Module 2 (5.352) Synthesis of Coordination Compounds and Kinetics
Module 4 (5.361) Expression of Purification of Enzyme Mutants
Module 5 (5.362) Kinetics of Enzyme Inhibition (CI-M)
Module 6 (5.363) Organic Structure Determination
Module 11 (5.382) Time-and Frequency- resolved Spectroscopy of Photosynthesis (CI-M)*
7.102 Laboratory in Molecular Biology

Elective Labs: (Select four)
Module 3 (5.353) Fabrication of a Polymeric Light-Emitting Device
Module 7 (5.371) Continuous Flow Chemistry: Sustainable Conversion of Reclaimed Vegetable Oil into Biodiesel
Module 8 (5.372) Chemistry of Renewable Energy
Module 9 (5.373) Dinitrogen Cleavage*
Module 10 (5.381) Quantum Dots*
Module 12 (5.383) Fast-flow Peptide Protein Synthesis
*Requires selection of 5.61 as a restricted elective.

 

Lab Track 2
Required Labs:
Module 1 (5.351) Fundamentals of Spectroscopy
Module 2 (5.352) Synthesis of Coordination Compounds and Kinetics
Module 6 (5.363) Organic Structure Determination
Module 11 (5.382) Time-and Frequency- resolved Spectroscopy of Photosynthesis (CI-M)*
7.02 Introduction to Experimental Biology and Communication  (CI-M)

Elective Labs: (Select four)
Module 3 (5.353) Fabrication of a Polymeric Light-Emitting Device
Module 7 (5.371) Continuous Flow Chemistry: Sustainable Conversion of Reclaimed Vegetable Oil into Biodiesel
Module 8 (5.372) Chemistry of Renewable Energy
Module 9 (5.373) Dinitrogen Cleavage*
Module 10 (5.381) Quantum Dots*
Module 12 (5.383) Fast-flow Peptide Protein Synthesis
*Requires selection of 5.61 as a restricted elective.

 

Lab Track 3
Required Labs:
Module 1 (5.351) Fundamentals of Spectroscopy
Module 2 (5.352) Synthesis of Coordination Compounds and Kinetics
Module 6 (5.363) Organic Structure Determination
7.02 Introduction to Experimental Biology and Communication (CI-M)
7.18 Topics in Experimental Biology (CI-M)