The four-year plan listed below is designed to provide suggestions for sequencing your major courses, but there are also other ways to sequence most majors. This plan is meant to provide aid in early, provisional planning. Please consult with your academic advisor to make strategic academic decisions about which courses to take each semester.

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Sample Four Year Plan: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BS) - Alternative Plan

If math placement is lower than calculus, students will begin their chemistry courses with CHEMĀ 129: Basic Principles of Chemistry, as shown in the example plan below.

FALL - Semester 1

CHEM 129: Basic Chemical Principles
MATH 156: College Algebra
BCMB 145: Freshman Seminar
BIOL 107: Intro Biology I
(Truman Days)*

SPRING - Semester 2

CHEM 130: Chemical Principles I
BIOL 2/300: Cell Biology or Genetics
MATH 157: Trigonometry
ENG 190: Writing as Critical Thinking*
COMM 170: Public Speaking*

FALL - Semester 3

CHEM 131: Chemical Principles II
CHEM 245: Sophomore Seminar
BIOL 2/300: Cell Biology or Genetics
MATH 198: Calculus I
HLTH 198: Personal Wellbeing*
HLTH 198L: Personal Wellbeing*

SPRING - Semester 4

CHEM 329: Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 350: Analytical for Life Sciences (WE)
MATH 263: Calculus II
STAT 190: Introductory Statistics*

FALL - Semester 5

PHYS 185: Physics I***
CHEM 275: Intro. to Inorganic Principles
CHEM 331: Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 330: Organic Chemistry I lab**
CHEM 345: Junior Seminar
LSP Foreign Language*
LSP Mode Course I*

SPRING - Semester 6

PHYS 186: Physics II***
BIOL 518: Molecular Pharmacology
CHEM 332: Organic Chemistry II lab**
BCMB elective with lab
LSP Foreign Language*

FALL - Semester 7

BCMB 445: Senior Seminar
CHEM 337: Physical Chemistry of Biochemical Systems
JINS 3xx: Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar*
LSP Mode Course 2*
LSP Mode Course 3*
Elective

SPRING - Semester 8

CHEM 326: Physical Chemistry Lab II (WE)
BCMB elective 2
BCMB elective 3
LSP Mode Course 4*
Elective

* LSP requirement; 2 Mode of Inquiry courses satisfied by the major
** Org I and II lab can be replaced by CHEM 333: Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 credits)
*** PHYS 195/6 also possible which would add 1 credit hour each semester

Department chair: please contact Jonathan Vieker with any updates to the plan above.

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for certifying completion of degree requirements based on requirements specified in Truman's Official Catalog.

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