Undergraduate Programs

B.S. and B.A. degrees in Biochemistry

For information regarding our undergraduate majors in Biochemistry, please visit the UW Catalog and the Chemistry & Biochemistry Undergraduate Advising Site.

Biochemistry Advising

You may also consult with the Chemistry & Biochemistry Undergraduate Advisors.

You can schedule an appointment with the Advisors at this site, or you can contact them directly.

Mary Harty
Lead Academic Counselor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
616-9880
303C Bagley Hall
harty@chem.washington.edu

Casey Renneberg
Academic Advisor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
543-9343
303B Bagley Hall
stampcl@uw.edu

Undergraduate Teaching Assistants – Hourly Rates $15.76 to $20.00

Nonmatriculated students

Nonmatriculated students may under certain circumstances register for our courses. This requires prior approval, and the submission of this form [.pdf format].

Biochemistry Courses

Undergraduate courses offered by the Department of Biochemistry

BIOC 405, 406: Introduction to Biochemistry

Credits: 3, 3
Quarters: Autumn, Winter, Spring.
Instructors: Autumn 405: DiMaio, Hurley, King; Winter 406: Brzovic, Ailion; Winter 405: Veesler, Hurley; Spring 406: Kwon, Brzovic, Weiner.
Course Description: Survey of basic principles of biochemistry and molecular biology, emphasizing broad understanding of chemical events in living systems in terms of metabolism and structure-function relationships of biologically important molecules. Suitable for pre-majors, for students interested in careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, medical technology, biology, etc. Prerequisites for 405: Biology 200; either Chem 223, Chem 237, or Chem 335. Prerequisite for 406: Biochemistry 405.

BIOC 426: Basic Techniques in Biochemistry

Credits: 4
Quarters: Autumn, Spring.
Instructor: Gu.
Course Description: Introduction to basic biochemical techniques and experimental design, largely but not exclusively for biochemistry majors. Prerequisites: 405 and 406 or 440 and 441 or equivalent.

BIOC 440, 441, 442: Biochemistry

Credits: 4,4,4
Quarters: Autumn, Winter, Spring.
Instructors: Autumn: Kollman, Brockerhoff; Winter: Miller, Hoppins; Spring: Kimelman, Ruohola-Baker.
Course Description: Biochemistry and molecular biology (with quiz sections) for undergraduate biochemistry majors seeking a B.S. degree, undergraduates in molecular and cellular biology, and students from other science departments. Graduate students may be admitted upon request and with approval of the instructors. Prerequisite: 2.5 in either BIOL 201 or BIOL 200; 2.5 in either CHEM 224, CHEM 239, or CHEM 337; 2.0 in either MATH 124, MATH 134 or MATH 144.

BIOC Honors 450: Biochemistry

Credits: 4
Quarters: Autumn
Instructors: Klevit, Wills.
Course Description: For Biochemistry majors and molecular and cell biology majors. Core concepts in biochemistry, including protein structure, compartmentalization of reactions, thermodynamics and kinetics in a biological context, energy production, and regulation of metabolic pathways. HONORS BIOC covers the same topics as BIOC 440, but emphasizes group exercises and analysis of primary literature.

BIOC Honors 451: Biochemistry

Credits: 4
Quarters: Winter
Instructors: Weiner.
Course Description: BIOC 451 is the honors version of BIOC 441; it covers the same topics in metabolism and gene expression using the same textbook, but is taught as a group discussion of selected publications from the primary literature, with an emphasis on research strategy, experimental design, creative thinking, and scientific communication.

BIOC 499: Undergraduate Research

Credits: Variable
Quarters: Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer.
Course Description: Research on enzymes, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids; physical structure and function of biological macromolecules; bioinformatics and genomics; and cell and developmental biology. Credit/no credit only. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.