Undergraduate Studies : Degree Programs

Degree Programs

B.S. Degree

Student may choose to major in either one of our two possible tracks:

Track 1, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BCHM)
Track 2, Biochemistry and Nutrition (BCHN).

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in either BCHM or BCHN requires 16 total credits of BMB courses: 10 credits of required BMB courses plus six credits of elective BMB courses. At least two elective BMB credits must come from a BMB lab course, either BMB 145, BMB 245, BMB 402, or BMB 545. To satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences writing requirement in the discipline, BMB majors must complete for writing credit (W) either BMB 507, BMB 511, or BMB 545. For all students, a grade of C or better must be earned in each BMB course. For current UM students to declare either major or minor in BMB, a UM cumulative grade point average of 2.9 is required. For transfer students to declare either major or minor in BMB, a grade point average of 3.5 is required. The Department will make its own independent determination on a case-by-case basis concerning the equivalency of courses taken at other universities. The two possible academic tracks, BCHM and BCHN, differ by two required upper level BMB courses.

Departamental Honors
Departmental honors is awarded to BCHM/BCHN majors who (i) earn a ≥3.5 GPA in all BMB courses, (ii) earn a ≥3.3 GPA in all UM courses, and (iii) submit an undergraduate thesis describing research completed in ≥5 credits in BMB 545, which must be approved by three BMB faculty members.


A minor can be obtained in either Track 1: BCHM or Track 2: BCHN (10 credits total):
Track 1: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BCHM): BMB 401, 506, 507, and 509.
Track 2: Biochemistry & Nutrition (BCHN): BMB 401, 506, 417, and 519.
Writing credit (W) may be obtained in BMB 507.

Dual Degree Honors Program

The Honors Program in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (HPBMB) is offered to mature high school seniors with strong academic ability and achievement who seek careers in biological or biomedical science. Students can earn both a Bachelor of Science (BS) and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in approximately 6 years.