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)

This plan provides an example pathway through the major, assuming a student will start in CHEM 130: Chemical Principles I in their first semester. Students who begin with CHEM 129: Basic Principles of Chemistry, because math placement is lower than Calculus, will take CHEM 130 in the Spring semester and should follow the alternative plan.

FALL - Semester 1

CHEM 130: Chemical Principles I
MATH 198: Calculus I
BCMB 145: Freshman Seminar
BIOL 107: Intro Biology I
(Truman Days)*

SPRING - Semester 2

CHEM 131: Chemical Principles II
BIOL 2/300: Cell Biology or Genetics
MATH 263: Calculus II
ENG 190: Writing as Critical Thinking*

FALL - Semester 3

CHEM 245: Sophomore SeminarBIOL 2/300: Cell Biology or Genetics
CHEM 329: Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2xx: Intro. to Inorganic Chemistry
STAT 190: Introductory Statistics*
COMM 170: Public Speaking* 

SPRING - Semester 4

CHEM 331: Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 330: Organic Chemistry I lab**
CHEM 350: Analytical for Life Sciences (WE)
LSP Mode Course I*
HLTH 198: Personal Wellbeing*
HLTH 198L: Personal Wellbeing*

FALL - Semester 5

PHYS 185: Physics I***
BCMB elective with lab****
CHEM 345: Junior Seminar
CHEM 332: Organic Chemistry II lab**
LSP Foreign Language*
LSP Mode Course 2*

SPRING - Semester 6

PHYS 186: Physics II***
BIOL 518: Molecular Pharmacology
BCMB elective 2****
LSP Foreign Language*
JINS 3xx : Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar *

FALL - Semester 7

BCMB 445: Senior Seminar
BCMB 3xx: Biophysical Chemistry
LSP Mode Course 3*
Elective
Elective

SPRING - Semester 8

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

* LSP requirement; 2 Mode of Inquiry courses are 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
****Elective courses that satisfy the “BCMB Elective” include:
CHEM 435 - Advanced Topics in Biochemistry
BIOL 308 - Virology
BIOL 362 - Embryology and Developmental Biology
BIOL 513 - Microbial Genetics
BIOL 518 - Advanced Topics: Neurobiology
BIOL 520 - Immunologyz
BIOL 530 - Advanced Cell Biology
BIOL 540 - Cancer Biology
BIOL 551 - Genetics of Human Disorders
BIOL 552 - Molecular Genetics
BCMB 443 - Advanced Research

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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