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.

Leilani Stone
Lead Academic Counselor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
303B Bagley Hall

Mary Harty
Academic Advisor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
303C Bagley Hall

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
Instructors: Winter: Hol, Hurley; Spring: Brzovic, Campbell and Ailion.
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 201 or both Biology 101 and Genetics 371; 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: Chung.
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: Klevit, Brockerhoff; Winter: Parson, Miller and Merz; Spring: Palmiter, Kimelman.
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 499: Undergraduate Research

Credits: *
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.


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