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Director: Associate Professor Joseph Walter Chihade

The biochemistry program at Carleton rests on the close cooperation between the departments of Biology and Chemistry. Emerging as a recognized discipline early in the last century, biochemistry has grown into a vast subject that spans several established disciplines. It serves as the link between the fields of chemistry and biology, and even as it flourishes at the interface of these subjects, it holds a strong position within the two traditional disciplines. Fundamentally, biochemistry seeks to establish an understanding of biological phenomena at a molecular level.

Requirements for the Concentration

The biochemistry concentration requirements reflect the fundamental importance of the intellectual tools and structures of biology and chemistry to the study of all issues in biochemistry, and we ask students to get a grounding in both disciplines. It is likely that many students enrolling in the concentration will major in either biology or chemistry. To encourage breadth within the concentration, no more than five six-credit courses from a student’s own major may be counted toward the minimum requirements of the concentration.

Both the biology and chemistry departments maintain vigorous weekly seminar programs, regularly bringing to the college distinguished scientists, including many biochemists. Each concentrator should make it a priority to attend relevant seminars whenever possible. At the beginning of each term, concentrators will be notified of the pertinent biology and chemistry seminars held that term.

Finally, both the chemistry and biology departments regularly offer integrative exercise experiences in biochemistry as an option for their majors. Concentrators who are biology or chemistry majors have the option of furthering their pursuit of biochemistry through a biochemical topic as the basis for their senior integrative exercise.

Course Requirements

BIOL 125 Genes, Evolution, and Development

BIOL 126 Energy Flow in Biological Systems

BIOL 380 Biochemistry

BIOL 381 Biochemistry Laboratory or CHEM 321 Biological Chemistry Laboratory (Not offered in 2010-2011)

CHEM 123 or 128 Principles of Chemistry or Principles of Environmental Chemistry, respectively

CHEM 230 Equilibrium and Analysis

CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 320 Biological Chemistry

CHEM 321 Biological Chemistry Laboratory or BIOL 381 Biochemistry Laboratory (Not offered in 2010-2011)

Upper Level Course Electives

(one course and one 2-credit laboratory are required):

BIOL 310 Immunology

BIOL 311 Immunology Laboratory (Not offered in 2010-2011)

BIOL 330 Methods in Molecular Biophysics (Not offered in 2010-2011)

BIOL 382 Molecular Biology (Not offered in 2010-2011)

BIOL 383 Molecular Biology Laboratory (Not offered in 2010-2011)

BIOL 384 Oncogenes and the Molecular Biology of Cancer (Not offered in 2010-2011)

BIOL 388 Molecular Mechanisms of Drug Action (Not offered in 2010-2011)

CHEM 301 Chemical Kinetics Laboratory

CHEM 343 Chemical Thermodynamics

CHEM 350 Chemical and Biosynthesis (Not offered in 2010-2011)

CHEM 360 Chemical Biology (Not offered in 2010-2011)

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