Chemical biology investigates ways in which chemistry may be used to solve biological questions. Research in chemical biology focuses on small molecules in order to understand the fundamental aspects of living systems using chemical tools. It is distinct from other areas in that it uses chemistry as a foundation upon which to solve biological challenges.

A study of chemical biology requires a strong foundation in the traditional areas of biology and chemistry as well as an introduction to biochemical and analytical approaches to research. Supplementary coursework in math and physics rounds out the preparation for a degree in chemical biology.

This degree program is intended for individuals seeking careers that utilize chemistry to solve problems affecting living systems. Students intending to pursue post-graduate research or professional training, students seeking training as health professionals, or students looking for a career in the biotechnology pharmaceutical industry will benefit from this major. Whether the goal is an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree, this sequence of courses will provide strong preparation for further education or for a fulfilling career.

Course Requirements for the Chemical Biology BA

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Component Credits
Chemical Biology Courses 38
Other Math and Science Courses 16
[Minus Math and Science in Core] [-12]
Technical Electives 6
Other Electives 33
Total 120


The recommended sequence of science and math courses required to complete the Chemical Biology BA program will help you plan your academic career. You may also find a complete listing of chemistry courses helpful in your planning.


Note: CHEM 305, CHEM 306, and CHEM 332 are approved departmental seminar courses. Chemistry and Chemical Biology majors do not have to take any other courses to fulfill the departmental seminar SAGES requirement.