Selecting Courses

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 Department, Chemistry Department and Program in Neuroscience.

First-Year Students

For first-year students who are currently registering for fall courses, we recommend that you enroll in TWO of the following:

  • biology 145 and chem 101 or Bio/Chem 160
  • If you received 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 course(s) is advised to enroll in one of these instead.

The Pre-Health Program at Mount Holyoke is a resource for undergraduates who are preparing for future careers in the health professions (medical, dental, veterinary, nursing, etc).