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An interdepartmental program of the Biology and Chemistry departments, the Biochemistry Program provides a broad and deep foundation in biology and chemistry as a basis for studying the molecular aspects of biological phenomena. The program progresses through introductory studies to advanced courses in biology and chemistry, integrative courses in biochemistry, and a capstone laboratory research experience in the senior year.

Planning advice for students considering a concentration in Biochemistry

By the end of your first year you should have completed CHEM 125* and BIOL 107**.  Although it is possible to start later on either one and still graduate on time with the concentration, if you plan to study a semester abroad your junior year (which we encourage!), you should complete CHEM 125 by the end of the your first year so you can take CHEM 244/245 your second year. 

By the end of your second year you should have completed BIOL 108 and ideally you will have also completed CHEM 244 and 245 and possibly BIOL/CHEM 272 or genetics. 

By the end of your third year you should have completed BIOL/CHEM 272 and ideally also the genetics and cell biology requirements.  Recommended classes (physics and math) could be completed by this point as well. 

Your senior year you will likely take BIOC 326, BIOC 356, and BIOC 399/300 or 377 along with any other requirements for the major that you haven't yet taken (e.g. cell biology requirement).

*Take CHEM 121 prior to CHEM 125 if you have limited or no background in Chemistry.  CHEM 121 is only offered in the fall; 125 is offered every semester.

**BIOL 107 should be taken before 108; both are offered every semester.  You may be able to pass out of BIOL 107 and 108 with a high AP or IB score.  See the Biology website or pre-registration info for more details.

Courses and Requirements

For academic requirements and courses, visit the Vassar College Catalogue.

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