Major

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in either BCHM or BCHN requires 20 total credits of BMB courses: 14 credits of required BMB courses plus six credits of elective BMB courses. At least two elective BMB credits must come from a BMB lab course, either BMB 145, BMB 245, BMB 402, or BMB 545. To satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences writing requirement in the discipline, BMB majors must complete for writing credit (W) either BMB 507, BMB 511, or BMB 545. For all students, a grade of C or better must be earned in each BMB course. For current UM students to declare either major or minor in BMB, a UM cumulative grade point average of 2.9 is required. For transfer students to declare either major or minor in BMB, a grade point average of 3.5 is required. The Department will make its own independent determination on a case-by-case basis concerning the equivalency of courses taken at other universities. The two possible academic tracks, BCHM and BCHN, differ by two required upper level BMB lecture courses.

Curriculum Requirements

Required BMB Courses
Students must complete all five BMB lecture courses listed in either Track 1 or Track 2:14
Track 1 (BCHM)
Biochemistry For The Biomedical Sciences
Biomedical Case Studies
Protein Structure, Function, & Biology 1
Genetics and Genomics: Principles, Mechanisms, and Use
Molecular Biology of the Gene
Track 2 (BCHN)
Biochemistry For The Biomedical Sciences
Biomedical Case Studies
Nutrients, Enzymes, and Metabolic Flux
Genetics and Genomics: Principles, Mechanisms, and Use
Epigenetics and Nutrition
Elective BMB Courses
Students in either Track 1 or 2 must complete at least six credits of elective BMB courses. At least two elective BMB credits must come from a BMB lab course, either BMB 145, BMB 245, BMB 402, or BMB 545.6
Introduction To BMB Research
Foundations in BMB Research
Contemporary Topics in BMB
Principles of Experimental BMB
Readings in BMB
Senior Seminars
Topics in BMB 1
Research Problems in BMB 1
Biology 2
BIL 150
BIL 151
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
5
BIL 160
BIL 161
Evolution and Biodiversity
and Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory
5
BIL 255Cellular and Molecular Biology3
Chemistry 3
CHM 121
CHM 113
Chemistry For The Biosciences I
and Chemistry Laboratory I
5
CHM 221
CHM 114
CHM211 Chemistry for the Biosciences II
and Chemistry Laboratory II
5
CHM 222
CHM 205
CHM212 Chemistry for the Biosciences III
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
5
CHM 206Organic Chemistry Laboratory II1
Physics 4
PHY 101
PHY 106
College Physics I
and College Physics Laboratory I
5
PHY 102
PHY 108
College Physics II
and College Physics Laboratory II
5
Mathematics 5
MTH 161Calculus I4
MTH 162Calculus II4
Statistics or Computer 6
PSY 292Introduction To Biobehavioral Statistics For Non-Majors3
or MTH 224 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
or CSC 120 Computer Programming I
Other Required Courses
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
Language Requirement6
Arts and Humanities Cognate 9
People and Society Cognate9
Electives20
Total Credit Hours120
1

Writing credit (W) may be obtained in this course.

2

These courses may be taken more than once for additional credits.

3

PRISM students take designated sections of the traditional chemistry series: CHM 111/CHM 113, CHM 112/CHM 114, CHM 201/CHM 205, and CHM 202/CHM 206, which satisfy the requirement for obtaining the Minor in Chemistry. The indicated three semester "Chemistry for the Biosciences" series is preferred, since students will be prepared for independent BMB research at a more early stage. 

4

PRISM students take PHY 201/PHY 106 and PHY 202/PHY 108. A more advanced physics course series can be substituted (e.g., PHY 205, PHY 206/PHY 208, PHY 207/PHY 209).

5

PRISM students take MTH 171 and MTH 172.

6

PRISM students take CSC 210.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Preferred CHM

Sample plan of study with CHM 121/CHM 221/CHM 222 series.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory 1
CHM 121 Chemistry For The Biosciences I 4
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161 Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory 1
CHM 221 CHM211 Chemistry for the Biosciences II 4
CHM 114 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
 Credit Hours17
Sophomore Year
Fall
CHM 222 CHM212 Chemistry for the Biosciences III 4
CHM 205 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
PHY 101 College Physics I 4
PHY 106 College Physics Laboratory I 1
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology (P&S Cognate Elective 1) 1 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
BMB 401 Biochemistry For The Biomedical Sciences 4
BMB 506 Biomedical Case Studies 1
CHM 206 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1
PHY 102 College Physics II 4
PHY 108 College Physics Laboratory II 1
PSY 292 Introduction To Biobehavioral Statistics For Non-Majors (P&S Cognate Elective 2) 1 3
 Credit Hours14
Junior Year
Fall
BMB 514 Genetics and Genomics: Principles, Mechanisms, and Use 3
BMB 507 Protein Structure, Function, & Biology 2 3
BMB 411 Readings in BMB 1
SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II (or other language) 3
APY 413 Medical Anthropology (P&S Cognate elective 3) 1 3
A&H Cognate Elective 1 1 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
BIL 255 Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
BMB 402 Principles of Experimental BMB 2
BMB 509 Molecular Biology of the Gene 3
SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I (or other Language) 3
A&H Cognate Elective 2 1 3
 Credit Hours14
Senior Year
Fall
BMB 545 Research Problems in BMB 2 3
BMB 511 Topics in BMB 3
BMB 501 Senior Seminars 1
A&H Cognate Elective 3 1 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours13
Spring
BMB 545 Research Problems in BMB 2 3
BMB 501 Senior Seminars 1
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours120
1

P&S (People & Society) and A&H (Arts and Humanities) Cognate Electives. 

2

BMB 507BMB 511, and BMB 545 may be taken either with or without writing credit (W).  BMB 545 may be taken for 3-12 credit hours. Variations of the above program are feasible for students entering with advanced standing on the basis of placement tests or transfer credit hours with permission of the biochemistry advisor. 

Biochemistry and Nutrition - Preferred CHM

Sample plan of study with preferred CHM 121/CHM 221/CHM 222 series. The curriculum is the same as BCHM, except BMB 417 is substituted for BMB 507 and BMB 519 is substituted for BMB 509.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Traditional CHM

Sample plan of study with traditional CHM 111/CHM 112/CHM 201/CHM 202 series.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory 1
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161 Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory 1
CHM 112 Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHM 114 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore Year
Fall
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I (Lecture) 3
CHM 205 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
PHY 101 College Physics I 4
PHY 106 College Physics Laboratory I 1
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology (P&S Cognate Elective 1) 1 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II (Lecture) 3
CHM 206 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1
PHY 102 College Physics II 4
PHY 108 College Physics Laboratory II 1
BMB 251 Contemporary Topics in BMB 1
PSY 292 Introduction To Biobehavioral Statistics For Non-Majors (P&S Cognate Elective 2) 1 3
 Credit Hours13
Junior Year
Fall
BMB 401 Biochemistry For The Biomedical Sciences 4
BMB 506 Biomedical Case Studies 1
SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II (or other Language) 3
APY 413 Medical Anthropology (P&S Cognate Elective 3) 3
A&H Cognate Elective 1 1 3
 Credit Hours14
Spring
BMB 507 Protein Structure, Function, & Biology 3
BMB 402 Principles of Experimental BMB 2
BMB 411 Readings in BMB 1
BIL 255 Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I (or other Language) 3
A&H Cognate Elective 2 1 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
BMB 514 Genetics and Genomics: Principles, Mechanisms, and Use 3
BMB 545 Research Problems in BMB 3
BMB 511 Topics in BMB 3
BMB 501 Senior Seminars 1
A&H Cognate Elective 3 1 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
BMB 509 Molecular Biology of the Gene 3
BMB 545 Research Problems in BMB 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120
1

P&S (People & Society) and A&H (Arts and Humanities) Cognate Electives.

2
BMB 507BMB 511, and BMB 545 may be taken either with or without writing credit (W).  BMB 545 may be taken for 3-12 credit hours. Variations of the above program are feasible for students entering with advanced standing on the basis of placement tests or transfer credit hours with permission of the biochemistry advisor.

Biochemistry and Nutrition - Traditional CHM

Sample plan of study with traditional CHM 111/CHM 112/CHM 201/CHM 202 series.The curriculum is the same as BCHM, except BMB 417 is substituted for BMB 507 and BMB 519 is substituted for BMB 509.