Contemporary biological sciences are based on principles of chemistry and physics. The importance of this relationship is the basis of the Penn biochemistry major, which prepares students for advanced study in areas as diverse as biophysics, biotechnology, cell biology, genetic engineering, genomics, molecular biology, molecular genetics, nanotechnology, neurobiology, structural biology, systems biology, and biochemistry. It provides the basic science background for graduate and health professional schools and for prospective science teachers.
The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 36. Double majors may entail more course units.
For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.
|College General Education Requirements and Free Electives|
|Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives||18|
|MATH 1400||Calculus, Part I||1|
|MATH 1410||Calculus, Part II||1|
|CHEM 1011||Introduction to General Chemistry I||1|
|or CHEM 1012||General Chemistry I|
|CHEM 1021||Introduction to General Chemistry II||1|
|General Chemistry Laboratories:|
& CHEM 1102
|General Chemistry Laboratory I|
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
|Other Chemistry Requirements:|
|CHEM 2410||Principles of Organic Chemistry I||1|
|CHEM 2420||Principles of Organic Chemistry II||1|
|CHEM 2210||Physical Chemistry I (Fall Only)||1|
|CHEM 2220||Physical Chemistry II (Spring Only)||1|
|CHEM 2510||Principles of Biological Chemistry 2||1|
|CHEM 5510||Biological Chemistry I (Fall Only)||1|
|CHEM 5520||Biological Chemistry II (Spring Only)||1|
|CHEM 2230||Experimental Physical Chemistry I||1|
|PHYS 0150||Principles of Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion||1.5|
|or PHYS 0170||Honors Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion|
|PHYS 0151||Principles of Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation||1.5|
|or PHYS 0171||Honors Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation|
|BCHE 4597A||Biochemistry Laboratory||1|
|BCHE 4597B||Biochemistry Laboratory||1|
|Total Course Units||36|
You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.