BIMO: The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program


While aspects of biochemistry and molecular biology can be very diverse, a common set of chemical and biological principles underlie the more advanced topics. With this in mind, the program has been structured to provide the necessary background in chemistry and biology and the opportunity to study the many facets of the modern areas of the biochemical sciences.

Required Courses:

BIOL 101     The Cell
BIOL 102     The Organism
BIOL 202     Genetics
CHEM 151 or 153 or 155    Introductory Chemistry
CHEM 156    Organic Chemistry: Introductory Level
CHEM 251    Organic Chemistry: Intermediate Level
CHEM 256    Foundations of Modern Chemical Science
BIMO/BIOL/CHEM 321    Biochemistry I: Structure and Function of Biological Molecules
BIMO/BIOL/CHEM 322    Biochemistry II: Metabolism
BIMO 401    Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
and at least one Elective  in biology and one elective in chemistry from the list below.

In addition–you must attend at least 8 Biology Dept. or Chemistry Dept. colloquia during your four years at Williams.

Elective Courses:

BIOL 301     Developmental Biology

BIOL 306     Cellular Regulatory Mechanisms

BIOL 308     Integrative Plant Biology: Fundamentals and New Frontiers

BIOL 310      Neural Development

BIOL 313     Immunology

BIOL 315     Microbiology: Diversity, Cellular Physiology and Interactions

BIOL/CHEM/CSCI/MATH/PHYS 319   Integrative Bioinformatics, Genomics and Proteomics Lab

BIOL 405     Stem Cells and Cellular Identity in Development and Disease

BIOL 407      Neurobiology of Emotion

BIOL 408      RNA Worlds

BIOL 413     Molecular Basis of Biological Clocks

BIOL 414     Life at Extremes: Molecular Mechanisms

BIOL 416     Epigenetics

BIOL 418     Signal Transduction to Cancer

BIOL 426T   Frontiers in Muscle Physiology: Controversies

BIOL430T    Genome Sciences: At the Cutting Edge

CHEM 324     Enzyme Kinetics and Reaction Mechanisms

CHEM 326    Chemical Biology: Discoveries at the Interface

CHEM 341     Toxicology and Cancer

CHEM 342     Synthetic Organic Chemistry

CHEM 343     Medicinal Chemistry

CHEM 344T    Physical Organic Chemistry

CHEM 348     Polymer Chemistry

CHEM 364      Instrumental Methods of Analysis

CHEM 366     Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics

CHEM 367      Biophysical Chemistry

Students interested in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program should plan their course selection carefully. Since it is typical that Biochemistry 321 would be taken in the junior year, students are advised to take the prerequisites for that course in both chemistry and biology during their first two years at Williams. While the concentration is open to all students, it is expected that it will appeal primarily to majors in biology and chemistry because of the number of courses required in those fields. In addition to taking the required courses, students planning to concentrate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are strongly encouraged to elect courses in mathematics and physics.


It looks like a lot, but…
Since the Chemistry Department counts two biology courses and the Biology Department counts two chemistry courses toward the majors (each of which can be completed with only eight other courses), a student majoring in either chemistry or biology would have to take only three additional courses to complete the program.



From the Registrar’s site:

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