Mount Holyoke offers advanced-level biochemistry courses in such subjects as protein biochemistry and cellular metabolism, DNA and RNA structures, and special topics in biochemistry and molecular biology. In addition, students may conduct independent research with any member of the Biochemistry Committee, and (upon approval) with members of the biological sciences and chemistry departments.

First-Year Students

  • For first-year students who are currently registering for fall courses, we recommend two science courses, Bio 145 and Chem 101 or Bio/Chem 160.
  • If you earned a 4 or 5 on the AP chemistry test, please refer to the chemistry page for instructions on placement.
  • If you received a 4 or 5 on the AP biology test, you should talk about appropriate placement with the chair of Biology.
  • Calculus and calculus-based physics are also required for the major, so a student who skips biology and/or chemistry courses(s) is advised to enroll in one of these instead.

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