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Biomolecular Science Major

Effective Fall 2015

Exclusions:

Students who elect a major in Biomolecular Science may not elect the following majors: Biology, General Biology; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (formerly known as Cell and Molecular Biology, or CMB); Biomedical Engineering; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Microbiology; or Neuroscience. They may also not elect a minor in Biology, or any of the Chemistry minors.

Advising

Students develop a plan for the major in consultation with a program advisor. Those interested in a B.S. degree with a major in Chemical Science (120 credits) or the specialized program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (124 credits) are urged to consult a program advisor during the freshman and/or sophomore years. Prospective majors are advised that further study in chemistry requires adequate performance in early chemistry courses (preferably B- or better) as well as in the mathematics and physics prerequisites. Students interested in an Honors degree should see the Chemistry Honors advisor. Appointments are scheduled online at www.lsa.umich.edu/chem/undergraduate/advising. Students interested in the joint program with the College of Engineering should make an appointment with John Stratman [Academic Advising Center, 1255 Angell Hall, 734.764.0332] and then make an appointment to see a chemistry department advisor online.

Grade Policies

The department strongly recommends that a student earn a grade of at least C– in all CHEM courses and mathematics, physics, and biology courses that are prerequisite for subsequent elections. A major program grade point average of at least 2.0 is required; this includes chemistry courses, mathematics, physics, and biology prerequisites, and advanced electives that are part of a major plan. Prerequisites must be taken for a grade. Students must request any change in a chemistry course grade within the first fifteen University Business days of the first full term following the term in which the disputed grade was issued.

Prerequisites

    • BIOLOGY 171, 172 and 173
    • CHEM 130, 125/126; or CHEM 245/246/247 for students with AP credit for CHEM 130, 125/126
    • MATH 115 (or 120); (or the equivalent)
    • MATH 116 (or 121), STATS 250, STATS 280; or the equivalent
    • PHYSICS [135/136 or 140/141] and [235/236 or 240/241] (or the equivalent).

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 25
    1. Core: CHEM 210/211; CHEM 215; CHEM 260 or 230;CHEM 351* and 352
      *Students are strongly encouraged to take CHEM 351 but could substitute this course requirement with MCDB 310 or BIOLCHEM 415.
    2. Electives: A total of at least 9 credits (three courses) with at least one course at the 400-level:
      1. At least one course chosen from:
        • CHEM 303, 419 (only if elected F16 or later), 420, 425 (only if elected W17 or later), 436 (only if elected W17 or later), 451, 452, 453, 455, 465 (only if elected W17 or later)
        • BIOLCHEM 451, 452
      2. At least one course chosen from:
        • BIOLOGY 305
        • BIOPHYS 420 (only if elected W17 or later), 421 (only if elected W18 or later), 430 (only if elected W20 or later), 440
        • CHEM 440
        • MCDB 405, 411, 422, 427, 428, 431, 433 (only if elected W18 or later), 436 (only if elected W18 or later), 437
        • MICRBIOL 405 (only if elected W18 or later)
        • PHARMACOL 425
        • PHYSIOL 502 (only if elected W18 or later)

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the CHEM subject area may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

Effective Winter 2013

Students may obtain Honors in Biomolecular Science by successfully completing all courses required for the Biomolecular Science major with an overall GPA of 3.4. In addition, students obtaining Honors must complete one additional upper-level Chemistry elective (chosen in consultation with the department advisor), complete four credits elected over at least two terms of CHEM 398 and write a thesis based on their undergraduate research. Students must register for one credit of CHEM 498 in the term in which they plan to submit their thesis.

Biomolecular Science Major (A.B. or B.S.) [Winter 2015-Summer 2015]

May be elected as a departmental major program 

Effective Winter 2015-Summer 2015 

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Biomolecular Science may not elect the following majors: Biology, General Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences, Microbiology, or Cell and Molecular Biology. They may also not elect any of the Chemistry minors.

The major in Biomolecular Science serves pre-health students and others who are not intending to go into science as a career but would benefit from a scientific credential. In addition to medicine, we envisage that this major will be of interest to students planning careers in fields such as education, journalism, science policy, business, law,etc. The Biomolecular Science major provides students with the core knowledge necessary to understand the chemical principles underpinning biology and the option to explore aspects of the subject of interest to them through a set of electives drawn from current course offerings in chemistry, biophysics and MCDB. The major differs from the Biochemistry major in requiring fewer courses and does not have a research component.Biomolecular Sciences is a less extensive major than Biochemistry, and is primarily aimed at those planning a career outside of the chemical sciences. Instead, this should be an attractive degree option for students who plan to pursue post-graduate studies in Biomedical or Health Sciences. Students who are intending to pursue graduate studies or an industrial career in biochemistry or related areas are strongly encouraged to elect the Biochemistry major.The major is structured so that students can readily convert to the BS major in Biochemistry if they decide to do so during the course of their studies.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172 and 173 (or the equivalent)
  • CHEM 130, 125/126; or CHEM 245/246 for students with AP credit for CHEM 130, 125/126
  • MATH 115 and 116 (or the equivalent)
  • PHYSICS [135/136 or 140/141] and [235/236 or 240/241] (or the equivalent).

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 25 credits (effective Winter 2015; retroactive to Fall 2012). The major must include:

  1. Core: CHEM 210/211; CHEM 215; CHEM 260 or 230; CHEM 351* and 352
    *Students are strongly encouraged to take CHEM 351 but could substitute this course requirement with MCDB 310 or BIOLCHEM 415.
  2. Electives: A total of at least 9 credits (three courses) with at least one course at the 400-level:
    1. At least one course chosen from:
      • CHEM 303, 420, 451, 452, 453, 455
      • BIOLCHEM 451, 452
    2. At least one course chosen from:
      • BIOLOGY 305
      • BIOPHYS 440;
      • CHEM 440
      • MCDB 405, 411, 422, 427, 428, 431, 437

Honors Plan 

Effective Winter 2013

Students may obtain Honors in Biomolecular Science by successfully completing all courses required for the Biomolecular Science major with an overall GPA of 3.4. In addition, students obtaining Honors must complete one additional upper-level Chemistry elective (chosen in consultation with the department advisor), complete four credits elected over at least two terms of CHEM 398 and write a thesis based on their undergraduate research. Students must register for one credit of CHEM 498 in the term in which they plan to submit their thesis.

Biomolecular Science Major (A.B. or B.S.) [Fall 2014]

May be elected as a departmental major program 

Effective Fall 2014  

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Biomolecular Science may not elect the following majors: Biology, General Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences, Microbiology, or Cell and Molecular Biology. They may also not elect any of the Chemistry minors.

The major in Biomolecular Science serves pre-health students and others who are not intending to go into science as a career but would benefit from a scientific credential. In addition to medicine, we envisage that this major will be of interest to students planning careers in fields such as education, journalism, science policy, business, law,etc. The Biomolecular Science major provides students with the core knowledge necessary to understand the chemical principles underpinning biology and the option to explore aspects of the subject of interest to them through a set of electives drawn from current course offerings in chemistry, biophysics and MCDB. The major differs from the Biochemistry major in requiring fewer courses and does not have a research component.Biomolecular Sciences is a less extensive major than Biochemistry, and is primarily aimed at those planning a career outside of the chemical sciences. Instead, this should be an attractive degree option for students who plan to pursue post-graduate studies in Biomedical or Health Sciences. Students who are intending to pursue graduate studies or an industrial career in biochemistry or related areas are strongly encouraged to elect the Biochemistry major.The major is structured so that students can readily convert to the BS major in Biochemistry if they decide to do so during the course of their studies.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172 and 173 (or the equivalent)
  • CHEM 130, 125/126; or CHEM 245/246 for students with AP credit for CHEM 130, 125/126
  • MATH 115 and 116 (or the equivalent)
  • PHYSICS [135/136 or 140/141] and [235/236 or 240/241] (or the equivalent).

Requirements for the major

A minimum of 25 credits (effective Winter 2015; retroactive to Fall 2012). The major must include:

  1. Core: CHEM 210/211; CHEM 215; CHEM 260 or 230; CHEM 351* and 352
    *Students are strongly encouraged to take CHEM 351 but could substitute this course requirement with MCDB 310 or BIOLCHEM 415.
  2. Electives: A total of at least 9 credits (three courses) with at least one course at the 400-level:
    List A. At least one course chosen from:
      • CHEM 303, 420, 451, 452, 453, 455
      • BIOLCHEM 451, 452
    1. List B. At least one course chosen from:
      • BIOLOGY 305
      • BIOPHYS 440;
      • CHEM 440
      • MCDB 405, 411, 422, 427, 428, 431, 437

Honors Plan 

Effective Winter 2013

Students may obtain Honors in Biomolecular Science by successfully completing all courses required for the Biomolecular Science major with an overall GPA of 3.4. In addition, students obtaining Honors must complete one additional upper-level Chemistry elective (chosen in consultation with the department advisor), complete four credits elected over at least two terms of CHEM 398 and write a thesis based on their undergraduate research. Students must register for one credit of CHEM 498 in the term in which they plan to submit their thesis.

Biomolecular Science Major (A.B. or B.S.) [Winter 2014-Summer 2014]

May be elected as a departmental major program 

Effective Winter 2014-Summer 2014 

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Biomolecular Science may not elect the following majors: Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences, Microbiology, or Cell and Molecular Biology. They may also not elect any of the Chemistry minors.

The major in Biomolecular Science serves pre-health students and others who are not intending to go into science as a career but would benefit from a scientific credential. In addition to medicine, we envisage that this major will be of interest to students planning careers in fields such as education, journalism, science policy, business, law,etc. The Biomolecular Science major provides students with the core knowledge necessary to understand the chemical principles underpinning biology and the option to explore aspects of the subject of interest to them through a set of electives drawn from current course offerings in chemistry, biophysics and MCDB. The major differs from the Biochemistry major in requiring fewer courses and does not have a research component.Biomolecular Sciences is a less extensive major than Biochemistry, and is primarily aimed at those planning a career outside of the chemical sciences. Instead, this should be an attractive degree option for students who plan to pursue post-graduate studies in Biomedical or Health Sciences. Students who are intending to pursue graduate studies or an industrial career in biochemistry or related areas are strongly encouraged to elect the Biochemistry major.The major is structured so that students can readily convert to the BS major in Biochemistry if they decide to do so during the course of their studies.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172 and 173 (or the equivalent)
  • CHEM 130, 125/126; or CHEM 245/246 for students with AP credit for CHEM 130, 125/126
  • MATH 115 and 116 (or the equivalent)
  • PHYSICS [135/136 or 140/141] and [235/236 or 240/241] (or the equivalent).

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 25 credits (effective Winter 2015; retroactive to Fall 2012). The major must include:

  1. Core: CHEM 210/211; CHEM 215; CHEM 260 or 230; CHEM 351* and 352
    *Students are strongly encouraged to take CHEM 351 but could substitute this course requirement with MCDB 310 or BIOLCHEM 415.
  2. Electives: A total of at least 9 credits (three courses) with at least one course at the 400-level:
    List A. At least one course chosen from:
      • CHEM 303, 420, 451, 452, 453, 455
      • BIOLCHEM 451, 452
    1. List B. At least one course chosen from:
      • BIOLOGY 305
      • BIOPHYS 440;
      • CHEM 440
      • MCDB 405, 411, 422, 427, 428, 431, 437

Honors Plan 

Effective Winter 2013

Students may obtain Honors in Biomolecular Science by successfully completing all courses required for the Biomolecular Science major with an overall GPA of 3.4. In addition, students obtaining Honors must complete one additional upper-level Chemistry elective (chosen in consultation with the department advisor), complete four credits elected over at least two terms of CHEM 398 and write a thesis based on their undergraduate research. Students must register for one credit of CHEM 498 in the term in which they plan to submit their thesis.

Biomolecular Science Major (A.B. or B.S.) (Winter 2013-Fall 2013)

May be elected as a departmental major program 

Effective Fall 2012-Fall 2013; Honors effective Winter 2013

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Biomolecular Science may not elect the following majors: Biochemistry, Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences, or Cell and Molecular Biology. They may also not elect any of the Chemistry minors.

The major in Biomolecular Science serves pre-health students and others who are not intending to go into science as a career but would benefit from a scientific credential. In addition to medicine, we envisage that this major will be of interest to students planning careers in fields such as education, journalism, science policy, business, law,etc. The Biomolecular Science major provides students with the core knowledge necessary to understand the chemical principles underpinning biology and the option to explore aspects of the subject of interest to them through a set of electives drawn from current course offerings in chemistry, biophysics and MCDB. The major differs from the Biochemistry major in requiring fewer courses and does not have a research component. The major is structured so that students can readily convert to the BS major in Biochemistry if they decide to do so during the course of their studies.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172 and 173 (or the equivalent)
  • CHEM 130, 125/126; or CHEM 245/246 for students with AP credit for CHEM 130, 125/126
  • MATH 115 and 116 (or the equivalent)
  • PHYSICS [135/136 or 140/141] and [235/236 or 240/241] (or the equivalent).

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 25 credits (effective Winter 2015; retroactive to Fall 2012). The major must include:

  1. Core: CHEM 210/211; CHEM 215; CHEM 260 or 230; CHEM 351* and 352
    *Students are strongly encouraged to take CHEM 351 but could substitute this course requirement with MCDB 310 or BIOLCHEM 415.
  2. Electives: A total of at least 9 credits (three courses) with at least one course at the 400-level:
    List A. At least one course chosen from:
      • CHEM 303, 420, 451, 452, 453
      • BIOLCHEM 451, 452
    1. List B. At least one course chosen from:
      • BIOLOGY 305
      • BIOPHYS 440;
      • CHEM 440
      • MCDB 405, 411, 422, 427, 428, 431, 437

Honors Plan 

Effective Winter 2013

Students may obtain Honors in Biomolecular Science by successfully completing all courses required for the Biomolecular Science major with an overall GPA of 3.4. In addition, students obtaining Honors must complete one additional upper-level Chemistry elective (chosen in consultation with the department advisor), complete four credits elected over at least two terms of CHEM 398 and write a thesis based on their undergraduate research. Students must register for one credit of CHEM 498 in the term in which they plan to submit their thesis.

Biomolecular Science Major (A.B. or B.S.) (Fall 2012)

May be elected as a departmental major program 

Effective Fall 2012 

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Biomolecular Science may not elect the following majors: Biochemistry, Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences, or Cell and Molecular Biology. They may also not elect any of the Chemistry minors.

The major in Biomolecular Science serves pre-health students and others who are not intending to go into science as a career career but would benefit from a scientific credential. In addition to medicine, we envisage that this major will be of interest to students planning careers in fields such as education, journalism, science policy, business, law, etc. The Biomolecular Science major provides students with the core knowledge necessary to understand the chemical principles underpinning biology and the option to explore aspects of the subject of interest to them through a set of electives drawn from current course offerings in chemistry, biophysics and MCDB. The major differs from the Biochemistry major in requiring  fewer courses and does not have a research component. The major is structured so that students can readily convert to the BS major in Biochemistry if they decide to do so during the course of their studies

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172 and 173 (or the equivalent)
  • CHEM 130, 125/126; or CHEM 245/246 for students with AP credit for CHEM 130, 125/126
  • MATH 115 and 116 (or the equivalent)
  • PHYSICS [135/136 or 140/141] and [235/236 or 240/241] (or the equivalent).

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 25 credits (effective Winter 2015; retroactive to Fall 2012). The major must include:

  1. Core: CHEM 210/211; CHEM 215; CHEM 260 or 230; CHEM 351* and 352
    *Students are strongly encouraged to take CHEM 351 but could substitute this course requirement with MCDB 310 or BIOLCHEM 415.
  2. Electives: A total of at least 9 credits (three courses) with at least one course at the 400-level:
    List A. At least one course chosen from:
      • CHEM 303, 420, 451, 452, 453;
      • BIOLCHEM 451, 452
    1. List B. At least one course chosen from:
      • BIOLOGY 305
      • BIOPHYS 440;
      • CHEM 440
      • MCDB 405, 411, 422, 427, 428, 431, 437