Major

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in either BCHM or BCHN requires 23 total credits of BMB courses: 17 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 six BMB lecture courses listed in either Track 1 or Track 2:17
Track 1 (BCHM)
Biochemistry for the Biomedical Sciences
Biomedical Case Studies
Protein Structure, Function and Biology 1
Molecular Biology of the Gene
Genetics and Genomics: Principles, Mechanisms, and Use
Cellular Structure, Function, and Biology
Track 2 (BCHN)
Biochemistry for the Biomedical Sciences
Biomedical Case Studies
Metabolic Regulation
Genetics and Genomics: Principles, Mechanisms, and Use
Epigenetics and Nutrition
Cellular Structure, Function, and Biology
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 2
Principles of Experimental BMB 1
Readings in BMB 2
Metabolic Regulation
Senior Seminars 2
Protein Structure, Function and Biology 1
Molecular Biology of the Gene
Topics in BMB 1,2
Nanomedicine
Epigenetics and Nutrition
Research Problems in BMB 1,2
Biology
BIL 150General Biology4
BIL 151General Biology Laboratory1
or BIL 153 Introductory Biology/Chemistry Laboratory I
BIL 160Evolution and Biodiversity4
BIL 161Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory1
or BIL 163 Introductory Biology/Chemistry Laboratory II
Chemistry 3
CHM 121Principles of Chemistry4
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHM 221Introduction to Structure and Dynamics4
CHM 205Chemical Dynamics Laboratory1
CHM 222Organic Reactions and Synthesis4
CHM 206Organic Reactions and Synthesis Laboratory2
or CHM 207 Chemical Dynamics and Organic Synthesis Laboratory
Physics 4
PHY 201University Physics I for the Sciences4
or PHY 211 University Physics I for PRISM
or PHY 101 College Physics I
PHY 106College Physics Laboratory I1
PHY 202University Physics II for the Sciences4
or PHY 212 University Physics II for PRISM
or PHY 102 College Physics II
PHY 108College Physics Laboratory II1
Mathematics 5
MTH 161Calculus I4
or MTH 171 Calculus I
MTH 162Calculus II4
or MTH 172 Calculus II
Statistics or Computer 6
PSY 292Introduction to Biobehavioral Statistics for Non-Majors3
or PSY 291 Introduction to Biobehavioral Statistics
or SOC 211 Quantitative Methods for Sociologists
or HCS 202 Introductory Statistics in Health Care
or MTH 224 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
or CSC 120 Computer Programming I
or CSC 210 Computing for Scientists
Other Required Courses
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
WRS 106First-Year Writing II3
or WRS 107 First-Year Writing II: STEM
or ENG 106 Writing About Literature and Culture
Language Requirement 73
Arts and Humanities Cognate 9
People and Society Cognate9
Electives 823
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

To enroll in CHM 121/CHM 113, students must have completed or be co-enrolled in either MTH 140, MTH 141, MTH 161, MTH 171. If math placement is below MTH 140, then students must complete CHM 110. Completion of CHM 110 will qualify students for CHM 121

4

PRISM students take PHY 211/PHY 106 and PHY 212/PHY 108. Students who struggle with calculus are recommended to take PHY 101/PHY 106 and PHY 102/PHY 108. A more advanced physics course series can be substituted (e.g., PHY 221, PHY 222/PHY 224, and PHY 223/PHY 225).

5

PRISM students take MTH 171 and MTH 172. Students may also complete the series MTH 140/MTH 141/MTH162.

6

PRISM students take CSC 210.

7

Students must complete at least one (1) 200-level course in a foreign language, e.g., SPA 201 (Intermediate I). Typically, students with appropriate high school training in a foreign language can safely begin with SPA 102 (Beginner II), totaling 6 language credits. If no background, then students will complete SPA 101 (Beginner I), SPA 102, and SPA 201, totaling 9 credits. These course numbers pertain to all foreign language courses at UM, e.g., Spanish (SPA), French (FRE), Italian (ITA), German (GER), Chinese (CHI), etc.

8

Elective credits (3-6) may include Beginner I and/or II language courses.

Sample Plan of Study

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Track 1 (BCHM)

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151, BIL 152,
General Biology Laboratory
or
or Introductory Biology/Chemistry Laboratory I
1
CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
MTH 161 or 171 Calculus I
or Calculus I
4
WRS 105 First-Year Writing I 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161, BIL 162,
Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory
or
or Introductory Biology/Chemistry Laboratory II
1
CHM 221 Introduction to Structure and Dynamics 4
CHM 205 Chemical Dynamics Laboratory 1
MTH 162 or 172 Calculus II
or Calculus II
4
WRS 106, 107,
First-Year Writing II
or First-Year Writing II: STEM
or Writing About Literature and Culture
3
 Credit Hours17
Sophomore Year
Fall
CHM 222 Organic Reactions and Synthesis 4
CHM 206 Organic Reactions and Synthesis Laboratory 2
PHY 201, 211,
University Physics I for the Sciences
or University Physics I for PRISM
or College Physics I
4
PHY 106 College Physics Laboratory I 1
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology ( (P&S Cognate Elective 1)) 1 3
SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
BMB 401 Biochemistry for the Biomedical Sciences 4
BMB 411 Readings in BMB 1
PHY 202, 212,
University Physics II for the Sciences
or University Physics II for PRISM
or College Physics II
4
PHY 108 College Physics Laboratory II 1
PSY 292, 291,
Introduction to Biobehavioral Statistics for Non-Majors ( (P&S Cognate Elective 2)) 1
or Introduction to Biobehavioral Statistics
or Quantitative Methods for Sociologists
or Introduction to Probability and Statistics
or Computer Programming I
or Computing for Scientists
3
SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I 3
 Credit Hours16
Junior Year
Fall
BMB 514 Genetics and Genomics: Principles, Mechanisms, and Use 3
BMB 506 Biomedical Case Studies 1
BMB 402 or 245 Principles of Experimental BMB
or Foundations in BMB Research
2
APY 413, PSY 210,
Medical Anthropology ( (P&S Cognate elective 3)) 1
or Social Psychology
or Child and Adolescent Development
3
A&H Cognate Elective 1 1 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
BMB 555 Cellular Structure, Function, and Biology 3
BMB 545 Research Problems in BMB 3
A&H Cognate Elective 2 1 3
Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
BMB 507 Protein Structure, Function and Biology 3
BMB 545 or 511 Research Problems in BMB
or Topics in BMB
3
A&H Cognate Elective 3 1 3
Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Spring
BMB 509 Molecular Biology of the Gene 3
BMB 545 or 511 Research Problems in BMB 2
or Topics in BMB
3
BMB 501 Senior Seminars 1
BMB 518 Nanomedicine 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours125
1

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

2

BMB 402BMB 507, BMB 511, and BMB 545 come with 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. 

Sample Plan of Study

Biochemistry and Nutrition - Track 2 (BCHN)

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151, BIL 152,
General Biology Laboratory
or
or Introductory Biology/Chemistry Laboratory I
1
CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
MTH 161 or 171 Calculus I
or Calculus I
4
WRS 105 First-Year Writing I 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161, BIL 162,
Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory
or
or Introductory Biology/Chemistry Laboratory II
1
CHM 221 Introduction to Structure and Dynamics 4
CHM 205 Chemical Dynamics Laboratory 1
MTH 162 or 172 Calculus II
or Calculus II
4
WRS 106, 107,
First-Year Writing II
or First-Year Writing II: STEM
or Writing About Literature and Culture
3
 Credit Hours17
Sophomore Year
Fall
CHM 222 Organic Reactions and Synthesis 4
CHM 206 Organic Reactions and Synthesis Laboratory 2
PHY 201, 211,
University Physics I for the Sciences
or University Physics I for PRISM
or College Physics I
4
PHY 106 College Physics Laboratory I 1
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology ( (P&S Cognate Elective 1)) 1 3
SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
BMB 401 Biochemistry for the Biomedical Sciences 4
BMB 411 Readings in BMB 1
PHY 202, 212,
University Physics II for the Sciences
or University Physics II for PRISM
or College Physics II
4
PHY 108 College Physics Laboratory II 1
PSY 292, 291,
Introduction to Biobehavioral Statistics for Non-Majors ( (P&S Cognate Elective 2)) 1
or Introduction to Biobehavioral Statistics
or Quantitative Methods for Sociologists
or Introduction to Probability and Statistics
or Computer Programming I
or Computing for Scientists
3
SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I 3
 Credit Hours16
Junior Year
Fall
BMB 514 Genetics and Genomics: Principles, Mechanisms, and Use 3
BMB 506 Biomedical Case Studies 1
BMB 402 or 245 Principles of Experimental BMB
or Foundations in BMB Research
2
APY 413, PSY 210,
Medical Anthropology ( (P&S Cognate elective 3)) 1
or Social Psychology
or Child and Adolescent Development
3
A&H Cognate Elective 1 1 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
BMB 555 Cellular Structure, Function, and Biology 3
BMB 545 Research Problems in BMB 3
A&H Cognate Elective 2 1 3
Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
BMB 417 Metabolic Regulation 3
BMB 545 or 511 Research Problems in BMB
or Topics in BMB
3
A&H Cognate Elective 3 1 3
Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Spring
BMB 519 Epigenetics and Nutrition 3
BMB 545 or 511 Research Problems in BMB 2
or Topics in BMB
3
BMB 501 Senior Seminars 1
BMB 518 Nanomedicine 3
Electives 3
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours125
1

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

2

BMB 402BMB 511, and BMB 545 come with 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. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • BMB majors, in both BCHM and BCHN tracks, will demonstrate effective writing skills, especially related to the ability to compose a thorough scientific review article.
  • BMB majors, in both BCHM and BCHN tracks, will demonstrate effective critical thinking skills, notably related to the ability to readily analyze, synthesize, and draw valid conclusions from published reports in the field of biochemistry.
  • BMB majors, in both BCHM and BCHN tracks, will demonstrate essential skills required to conduct supervised research in the field of biochemistry.