Loyola University Maryland

Department of Chemistry

Interdisciplinary Major in Chemistry/Biology

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The interdisciplinary major specializes in biochemistry/molecular biology. An example of a typical program of courses is as follows:

Freshman Year

Fall Term

  • BL118 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology*
  • BL119 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology Lab* (1 credit)
  • CH101 General Chemistry I*
  • CH105 General Chemistry Lab I* (1 credit)
  • WR100 Effective Writing**
  • Language Core
  • Social Science Core

Spring Term

  • BL121 Organismal Biology*
  • BL126 Organismal Biology Lab* (1 credit)
  • CH102 General Chemistry II*
  • CH106 General Chemistry Lab II* (1 credit)
  • HS101 Europe and the World Since 1500**
  • Fine Arts Core
  • Language Core or
  • Elective

Sophomore Year

Fall Term

  • CH301 Organic Chemistry I*
  • CH307 Organic Chemistry Lab I* (1 credit)
  • EN101 Understanding Literature
  • MA251 Calculus I*
  • PL201 Foundations of Philosophy or
  • TH201 Introduction to Theology
  • Biology Elective*/**

Spring Term

  • BL341 Molecular Genetics with Lab*/**
  • CH302 Organic Chemistry II*
  • CH308 Organic Chemistry Lab II* (1 credit)
  • MA252 Calculus II*
  • PL200-Level Philosophical Perspectives Course or
  • Theology Core
  • English Core

Junior Year

Fall Term

  • CH431 Biochemistry* (or BL431)
  • CH433 Biochemistry Lab I* (or BL433) (1 credit)
  • PH201 General Physics I*
  • PH291 General Physics Lab I* (1 credit)
  • PL201 Foundations of Philosophy or
  • TH201 Introduction to Theology
  • Biology/Chemistry Elective*†
  • Nondepartmental Elective

Spring Term

  • CH432 Biochemistry II* (or BL432)
  • CH434 Biochemistry Lab II* (or BL434) (1 credit)
  • PH202 General Physics II*
  • PH292 General Physics Lab II* (1 credit)
  • PL200-Level Philosophical Perspectives Course or
  • Theology Core
  • Biology Elective*/**
  • Nondepartmental Elective

Senior Year

Fall Term

  • CH311 Physical Chemistry I*
  • CH315 Physical Chemistry Lab I* (1 credit)
  • Ethics Core
  • History Core
  • Biology/Chemistry Elective*†
  • Elective†

Spring Term

  • Social Science Core
  • Nondepartmental Elective
  • Elective†
  • Elective†
  • Elective†

* Required for major.
** Terms may be interchanged.

† Students are strongly encouraged to gain laboratory research experience and should consider enrolling in research courses (BL481/BL482 or BL491/BL492 or CH420). Three credits of research may be used to fulfill one course for the interdisciplinary major. Further research credits will count as free electives. Students should consult with their advisor when selecting these electives.

1. Biology Electives: For the two biology-only electives, choose from BL322, BL332/BL334, BL411, BL426, and BL461.

2. Biology/Chemistry Electives: For the two biology/chemistry electives, choose from CH201, CH310, CH312/CH316, and CH410/CH411 for chemistry electives and BL200-level or higher for biology electives (see restrictions on research courses).

3. Students must complete the diversity requirement through a designated diversity core, major, or elective course (see Diversity Requirement under Curriculum and Policies).