The 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 CHEM 129: Basic Principles of Chemistry, as shown in the example plan below.

FALL - Semester 1

CHEM 129: Basic Chemical Principles
BIOL 107: Cells, Molecules and Genes
MATH 156: College Algebra
TRU 100: Truman Symposium
TRU 110 or TRU 130

SPRING - Semester 2

CHEM 130: Chemical Principles I
BIOL 330: Cell Biology
MATH 157: Trigonometry
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FALL - Semester 3

CHEM 131: Chemical Principles II
CHEM 245: Sophomore Seminar
BIOL 300: Genetics
MATH 198: Calculus I

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
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SPRING - Semester 6

PHYS 186: Physics II***
BIOL 334: Molecular Pharmacology
CHEM 332: Organic Chemistry II lab**
BCMB elective with lab****
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FALL - Semester 7

BCMB 445: Senior Seminar
CHEM 337: Physical Chemistry of Biochemical Systems
JINS 3xx: Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar*
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SPRING - Semester 8

CHEM 326: Physical Chemistry Lab II (WE)
BCMB elective 2****
BCMB elective 3****
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Advising Recommendations
TRU 110: Sustainability is strongly recommended for BCMB majors. TRU 112 could be taken instead.

* 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
****Elective courses that satisfy the “BCMB Elective” include:
CHEM 435 - Advanced Topics in Biochemistry
BIOL 305 - Virology
BIOL 333 - Intro to Neurobiology
BIOL 362 - Embryology and Developmental Biology
BIOL 513 - Microbial Genetics
BIOL 520 - Immunology
BIOL 530 - Advanced Cell Biology
BIOL 540 - Cancer Biology
BIOL 551 - Genetics of Human Disorders
BIOL 552 - Molecular Genetics
BCMB 443 - Advanced Research

The Dialogues curriculum requires a certain number of courses/credit hours in the following Perspectives: Social, Arts and Humanities, STEM, Communications, and Statistics. The exact number of courses a student will be required to take during their undergraduate career varies individually according to the credit transferred in.

Department Chair: Please contact the Center for Academic Excellence 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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