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First year


BIOL 110-129 course*
CHEM 101#
MATH course (level determined by the placement test)
ENGL course (level determined by the placement test)


BIOL 203 (may be taken in sophomore year, as well)
CHEM 102
MATH 120 or MATH 202 (if MATH 201 was taken 1st semester)
ENGL course (if not taken in fall semester)

Sophomore year


CHEM 209
MATH 201
CHEM 215
PHYS 101 or PHYS 203


CHEM 210
MATH 202 or BIOL 203
PHYS 102 or PHYS 204

CHEM 270


Students considering majoring in Biochemistry are required to enroll in CHEM 101 in the freshman fall semester.

# CHEM 101 is offered in the fall only.

Questions regarding CHEM 101 or 102 should be directed to Dr. Kevin Bennett (, 301-696-3682).

For the fall semester students with Level II placement should enroll in MATH 120 and students with Level III placement should enroll in MATH 201. Students with a Level I or I.5 placement will not be able to take CHEM 101 in the fall, so completing a Chemistry major in four years with such a placement will be difficult if not impossible.

Biochemistry majors need to complete Calculus (MATH 201 and 202), Physics (101 and 102 or 203 and 204) and CHEM 215 before they enroll in Physical Chemistry (CHEM 431 and 433). Enrollment in an appropriate math course during the fall semester freshman year is therefore strongly encouraged. Enrollment in Physics in the sophomore year is strongly encouraged.

* This course should be taken 2nd semester freshman year if it wasn’t taken 1st semester.

** If Calculus is completed Freshman year.

Students interested in Pre-Dental, Pre-Medicine, or Pre-Veterinary programs should also refer to the entry for the Health Professions Program. These students should also contact the Pre-Health Professions Advisor, Dr. Tiziana Cavinato (, 301-696-3650) in their first year to discuss their plans.

Biochemistry majors who wish to study abroad in the sophomore or junior year should take this into consideration when planning their schedules.

Very highly qualified students who have completed an AP course in chemistry in high school and scored a 4 on the AP-Chemistry Exam will be awarded credit for CHEM 101. Students earning a 5 on the AP-Chemistry Exam will be awarded credit for both CHEM 101 and CHEM 102. These students, as well as students who have completed an IB curriculum with a score of 5 or better on the IB exam in chemistry, may consider enrolling in CHEM 209 or CHEM 215 during their first semester.

Any questions concerning the biochemistry major should be directed to the Department Chair of Chemistry and Physics Dr. Dana Lawrence, Hodson 247, 301-696-3675 or