Requirements for the major

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in biochemistry are as follows:

I. Departmental requirements: 
  1. 39 credits in chemistry: CHEM 1318, 1118, 2319, 2119, 2320, 2220, 3330, 2130, 3001, 31013131, 3432, 3334, 3135, 3321, 3121, 4242, 4340, and one course chosen from 3335, 4346, and 4347.
  2. BIOL 1311, 1111, 2312, 2112, 3413.
  3. CHEM 3190 or BIOL 3190.
  4. PHYS 1111, 1112, 1309 or 1311, 1310 or 1312.
  5. MATH 1311, 1312.
II. University requirements: 

Completion of all other required elements of the Pathways curriculum and at least 120 credit hours.

Guidelines for the Acceptance of Majors 

Full acceptance is granted if the following requirements are met at the time of application:

  1.  Completion of CHEM 1318, 1118, 2319, 2119, 2320, 2220 with grades of C or better.
  2. Completion of MATH 1311 with a grade of C or better.
  3. A grade point average of at least 2.0 on all other university work.

Provisional acceptance may be granted if it is apparent that the applicant can meet the requirements for full acceptance by the end of the semester in which application is made.

Transfer students will be accepted provisionally pending completion at Trinity of at least one upper division chemistry course, which includes lab, with a grade of C or better.


In addition to the minimum requirements for an honors thesis described earlier, the Department of Chemistry has the following requirements:

Application and Procedures 

Students planning to write an Honors Thesis in Chemistry should discuss research opportunities with at least three faculty members. Normally the choice of research director will be made in the first semester of the Junior year, although students with extraordinary research experience, including research during a summer, may defer the choice of research director for one or two semesters.


The Honors Program in Chemistry requires a minimum of nine credit hours of research normally arranged over three semesters. At least six of these hours must be taken in the senior year and devoted to the thesis research. If a student has worked full-time on research related to the thesis for a minimum of ten weeks during one summer, the department may waive the requirement for three of the nine credit hours. Submission of the final research report for the summer is required for this waiver.

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