Requirements for the Major in Biochemistry (BCH)

All courses offered for the major must be taken for a letter grade. A minimum grade of C must be obtained in all courses in requirements A, B, and C below. Completion of the major requires approx­imately 70 to 74 credits.

Transfer students who wish to complete the requirements for the Biochemistry major must take Biochemistry I and II (BIO 361 and BIO 362) and must complete at least a minimum of nine additional credits at Stony Brook in required upper-division Biology courses (BIO 310, BIO 311, BIO 320, or BIO 365) and/or approved upper-division Biology elective courses.

A. Courses in Related Fields

  1. CHE 131, CHE 132 General Chemistry or CHE 141, CHE 142 Honors Chemistry
  2. CHE 133, CHE 134 General Chemistry Laboratory or CHE 143, CHE 144 Honors Chemistry Laboratory
  3. CHE 321, CHE 326 Organic Chemistry I, IIB (See Note 1)
  4. CHE 327 Organic Chemistry Laboratory A or CHE 383 Introductory Synthetic and Spectroscopic Laboratory Techniques
  5. CHE 301 or CHE 312 Physical Chemistry
  6. MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 127 Calculus A, B, C or MAT 131, MAT 132 Calculus I, II or MAT 141, MAT 142 or MAT 171 or level 9 on mathematics placement examination.
  7. PHY 121/PHY 123, PHY 122/PHY 124 Physics for the Life Sciences and Labs or PHY 125, PHY 126, PHY 127 Classical Physics A, B, C or PHY 141, PHY 142 Classical Physics I, II: Honors

Note 1: The Chemistry Department offers two Organic Chemistry II Courses, CHE 322 (IIA) and CHE 326 (IIB). Biochemistry majors must take CHE 326 Organic Chemistry IIB.

B. Core Courses in Biology

  1. BIO 201 Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems
  2. BIO 202 Fundamentals of Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology
  3. BIO 203 Fundamentals of Biology: Cellular and Organ Physiology
  4. BIO 204 Fundamentals of Scientific Inquiry in the Biological Sciences I
  5. BIO 205 Fundamentals of Scientific Inquiry in the Biological Sciences II

Note: Beginning in Fall 2007 BIO 201, BIO 202, and BIO 203 will be only lecture courses. Two new laboratory classes, BIO 204 and BIO 205, will be required of all biochemistry majors. Students having completed one or fewer of BIO 201, BIO 202, BIO 203 prior to Fall 2007 must complete BIO 204 and BIO 205; Students having completed two or more of BIO 201, BIO 202, BIO 203 prior to Fall 2007 are exempt from completing BIO 204 or BIO 205 or BIO 207.

C. Advanced Courses in Biology

  1. BIO 320 General Genetics
  2. BIO 310 Cell Biology
  3. BIO 361, BIO 362 Biochemistry I,II (See Note 1)
  4. One of the following laboratories: BIO 365 Biochemistry Laboratory (fall only, See Note 3) BIO 311 Techniques in Molecular and Cellular Biology
  5. Two additional courses, totaling at least five credits, chosen after consultation with an advisor from the following list. It is highly recommended that students take more than the suggested minimum number of electives.
    • BCP 401 Principles of Pharmacology
    • BCP 402 Advanced Pharmacology
    • BIO 311 Techniques in Molecular and Cellular Biology or BIO 365 Biochemistry Laboratory (See Note 3)
    • BIO 312 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
    • BIO 314 Cancer Biology
    • BIO 315 Microbiology
    • BIO 316 Molecular Immunology
    • BIO 317 Principles of Cellular Signaling
    • BIO 321 Introduction to Ecological Genetics and Genomics
    • BIO 325 Animal Development
    • BIO 327 Developmental genetics lab
    • BIO 328 Mammalian Physiology
    • BIO 332 Computational Modeling
    • BIO 334 Principles of Neurobiology
    • BIO 335 Neurobiology Laboratory
    • BIO 337 Neurotransmission and Neuromodulation: Implications for Brain Function
    • BIO 338 From Synapse to Circuit: Self organization of the Brain
    • BIO 339 Molecular Development of the Nervous System
    • BIO 358 Biology of Human Social and Sexual Behavior
    • BIO 364 Laboratory Techniques in Cancer Biology
    • BIO 367 Molecular Diversity Laboratory
    • BME 304 Genetic Engineering
    • CHE 346 Bio-molecular Structure and Activity

1. BIO 361 and BIO 362 must be taken in order. Students who wish to take BIO 362 before BIO 361 must get permission from the course instructor. A grade of C or higher in BIO 202 and CHE 321 & CHE 326 or CHE 322 is required to enroll in BIO 361 and BIO 362.
2. BIO 365 cannot count for both laboratory and elective credit.

D. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

To fulfill the upper-division writing requirement in Biochemistry, a sample of writing from an upper-division course in the biological sciences must be submitted to the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology for evaluation by the Biochemistry Writing Evaluation Committee. This writing sample can be a graded laboratory report, a graded term paper, or a report for a readings or research course, and it must contain at least 750 words of text. It is to be accompanied by a form (available in the Biochem­istry and Cell Biology office) signed by the student and by the instructor of the course for which the material was written. The deadline for submission of the writing sample is February 1 for students graduating the following May or August, and October 1 for students graduating the following December. If the writing in this sample is judged satisfactory by the Writing Evaluation Committee, the requirement is fulfilled. If the writing is judged unsatisfactory, the student is advised to seek help from the Writing Center before resubmitting the writing sample.

Honors Program in Biochemistry

Graduation with Honors in Biochemistry requires the following:

1. A cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.50 in all courses required for the major.

2. Presentation of an acceptable thesis based on laboratory research project. Students interested in graduation with Honors must contact the Biochemistry Honors Coordinator for more detailed information no later that the second week of classes during their last semester.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry/Master of Science Degree in Chemistry Program

A student interested in this research intensive graduate program, intended to prepare students for professional employment in the chemical or pharmaceutical industries, may apply for admission at the end of the junior year. The program leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry at the end of the fourth year, followed by a Master of Science in Chemistry at the end of the fifth year. During the senior year the student is expected to take two 500-level CHE courses and begin research. In the fifth year, the student works full-time on research, earning 24 credits in CHE 599. The two 500-level CHE courses taken during the senior year may be counted toward the two electives required by the Biochemistry major. Please visit the Chemistry website for further information on the Chemistry graduate degree.