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)

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
BIOL 107: Cells, Molecules, and Genes
MATH 198: Calculus I
TRU 100: Truman Symposium
TRU 110 or TRU 130

SPRING - Semester 2

CHEM 131: Chemical Principles II
BIOL 330: Cell Biology
MATH 263: Calculus II
Dialogues coursework

FALL - Semester 3

CHEM 245: Sophomore Seminar
BIOL 300: Genetics
CHEM 329: Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 275: Intro. to Inorganic Principles
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)
Dialogues coursework

FALL - Semester 5

PHYS 185: Physics I***
BCMB elective with lab****
CHEM 345: Junior Seminar
CHEM 332: Organic Chemistry II lab**
Dialogues coursework

SPRING - Semester 6

PHYS 186: Physics II***
BIOL 334: Molecular Pharmacology
BCMB elective 2****
Dialogues coursework
JINS 3xx: Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar*

FALL - Semester 7

BCMB 445: Senior Capstone Seminar
CHEM 337: Physical Chemistry of Biochemical Systems
Dialogues coursework

SPRING - Semester 8

CHEM 326: Physical Chemistry Lab II (WE)
BCMB elective 3****
Dialogues coursework

Advising Recommendations
TRU 110: Sustainability is strongly recommended for BCMB majors. TRU 112 could be taken instead.

* Dialogues requirement
** 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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