Advanced Elective Course Options

Advanced Elective Requirements

BMB majors are required to earn a minimum of 8 credits of Advanced Electives. Advanced elective options include most (but not all) science and math courses numbered 300 and above, including Independent Research/Study credits earned conducting research in a lab (e.g. BIOCHEM 396, BIOCHEM 499Y, etc.). Five College courses can be taken for advanced elective credits. Contact the Chief Undergrad Advisor to have Five College courses approved.

Courses that CANNOT be used to satisfy the Advanced Elective Requirement:

  • Courses required for the core Biochemistry curriculum, such as BIOCHEM 430H, BIOCHEM 471, BIOCHEM 423, etc.
  • Non-majors courses, such as BIOCHEM 420 Elementary Biochemistry, BIOCHEM 421 Elementary Biochemistry Lab, and CHEM 423 Biochemistry for Chemists                                                                                          
  • Integrated Experience (IE) courses, such as BIOCHEM 394RI and NATSCI 494I
  • Courses that satisfy the General Genetics requirement, such as ANIMLSCI 311 and BIOL 311
  • Practicum courses (X98x)

Partial List of Acceptable Advanced Elective Courses for BMB Majors

It is the student’s responsibility to check on the pre-requisites for each course. If the course is not on this, list it is the student’s responsibility to contact the Chief Undergraduate Advisor to confirm that a course is approved as an advanced elective in BMB. Not all courses on the list are offered every semester, and many of these courses do not not open to non-majors until several weeks after registration begins.

Animal Science (ANIMLSCI)

  • ANIMLSCI  365  Fundamentals in Veterinary and Biomedical Laboratory Techniques
  • ANIMLSCI  372  Animal Diseases
  • ANIMLSCI  385  Introduction to Biotechnology Laboratory (cross listed w/ Micro & Stockbrdge)
  • ANIMLSCI  421  Fundamentals of Reproduction
  • ANIMLSCI  521  Physiology of Reproduction
  • ANIMLSCI  572  Infection & Immunity

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BIOCHEM)

  • BIOCHEM  657 Drug Design

Biology (BIOLOGY)

  • BIOLOGY  383H  (lab) Gene and Genome Analysis
  • BIOLOGY  421  Plant Ecology
  • BIOLOGY  475  Plant Cell Biology
  • BIOLOGY  477H  Bioimaging
  • BIOLOGY  486H  Molecular Biology of Model Systems
  • BIOLOGY  510  Plant Physiology
  • BIOLOGY  514  Population Genetics
  • BIOLOGY  521  Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIOLOGY  523  Histology
  • BIOLOGY  528  Principles of Evolution
  • BIOLOGY  540  Herpetology
  • BIOLOGY  542  Ichthyology
  • BIOLOGY  544  Ornithology
  • BIOLOGY  548  Mammalogy
  • BIOLOGY  550  Animal Behavior
  • BIOLOGY  559  Cellular & Molecular Biology II
  • BIOLOGY  566  Comparative Physiology
  • BIOLOGY  568  Endocrinology
  • BIOLOGY  571  Biological Rhythms
  • BIOLOGY  572  Neurobiology
  • BIOLOGY  580  Developmental Biology
  • BIOLOGY  583  Advanced Genetics
  • BIOLOGY  597A  ST-Cancer Genetics

Chemistry (CHEM)

  • CHEM  315 Quant Analysis
  • CHEM  341 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM  342 Inorganic Chemistry Lab
  • CHEM  477 Phys Chem Lab
  • CHEM  513 Instrumental Analysis
  • CHEM  551 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM  552 Spectroscopic Identification of Organic Compounds                          
  • CHEM  584 Adv Phys Chem
  • CHEM  585 Adv Phys Chem
  • CHEM  590CB Chemical Biology
  • CHEM  627 Biomolecular Structure

Chemical Engineering (CHEM-ENG)

  • CHEM-ENG  330 Fluid Mechanics
  • CHEM-ENG  361 Math Modeling
  • CHEM-ENG  571 Physical and Chemical Processing of Materials
  • CHEM-ENG  572 Physical and Chemical Processing of Materials Laboratory
  • CHEM-ENG  575 Tissue Engineering
  • CHEM-ENG  592B Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
  • CHEM-ENG  597D ST-Nanostructured Biomaterials

Computer Science (CMPSCI)

  • CMPSCI  311 Intro To Algorithms

Environmental Science (ENVIRSCI)

  • ENVIRSCI  315 Principles of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • ENVIRSCI  342 Pesticides, the Environment and Public Policy
  • ENVIRSCI  364 Environmental Soil Science
  • ENVIRSCI  445 Sustainability and Problem-Solving in Environmental Science
  • ENVIRSCI  515 Microbiology of the Soil
  • ENVIRSCI  575 Environmental Soil Chemistry
  • ENVIRSCI  564H Environmental Soil Science               

Food Science (FOOD-SCI)

  • FOOD-SCI  541 Food Chemistry
  • FOOD-SCI  542 Food Chemistry
  • FOOD-SCI  544 Food Chemistry Lab
  • FOOD-SCI  561 Food Processing and Lab
  • FOOD-SCI  575 Elements of Food Process Engineering
  • FOOD-SCI  580 Food Borne Diseases
  • FOOD-SCI  590A  Food Science Policy

Geography (GEOGRAPH)

  • GEOGRAPH  426 Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation

Geosciences (GEO-SCI)

  • GEO-SCI  567 Planetary Geology
  • GEO-SCI  571 General Geophysics

Kinesiology (KIN)

  • KIN  311 Anatomy/Human Motion
  • KIN  430 Biomechanics
  • KIN  470 Exercise Physiology
  • KIN  535 Muscle Mechanics & Modeling 

Mathematics (MATH)

  • MATH  331 Ordinary Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers
  • MATH  411 Introduction to Abstract Algebra I
  • MATH  412 Introduction to Abstract Algebra II
  • MATH  421 Complex Variables
  • MATH  425 Advanced Calculus
  • MATH  455 Introduction to Discrete Structures
  • MATH  456 Mathematical Modeling
  • MATH  461 Geometry I
  • MATH  462 Geometry II
  • MATH  471 Theory Of Numbers
  • MATH  523H  Int Mod Analysis I
  • MATH  532H  Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos with Applications
  • MATH  534H Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
  • MATH  545  Lin Alg Appl Math
  • MATH  551  Int Scientific Computing
  • MATH  552 Applied Scientific Computing
  • MATH  563H Differential Geometry
  • MATH  612 Algebra II
  • MATH  621 Complex Analysis
  • MATH  624 Real Analysis II

Microbiology (MICROBIO)

  • MICROBIO  310  General Microbiology
  • MICROBIO  320  Infectious Disease and Defense
  • MICROBIO  385 Introduction to Biotechnology Laboratory (cross-listed w/AnSci & Stockbrdge)
  • MICROBIO  480 Microbial Physiology & Diversity
  • MICROBIO  562  Environmental Biotechnology
  • MICROBIO  570  Animal Virology
  • MICROBIO  597Z  ST-Medical Zoology Journal Club

Natural Resource Conservation (NRC)

  • NRC  390E Evolution and Conservation

Natural Sciences (NATSCI)

  • NATSCI  389H Team-Oriented Lab Discovery in Renewable Energy
  • NATSCI  597B ST-Environmental Science Research

Nutrition (NUTRITN)

  • NUTRITN  352 Nutrition in the Life Cycle
  • NUTRITN  430 Nutrition and Metabolism
  • NUTRITN  580 Medical Nutrition Therapy

Physics (PHYSICS)

  • PHYSICS  284 Modern Physics I  (ONLY accepted if taken with PHYSICS 287)
  • PHYSICS  287 Physics III-Waves and Thermodynamics  (ONLY accepted if taken with PHYSICS 284)
  • PHYSICS  421 Mechanics I
  • PHYSICS  424 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYSICS  556 Nuclei & Elementary Particles
  • PHYSICS  568 Cosmology & General Relativity

Psychology (PSYCH)

  • PSYCH  314 Brain, Mind & Behavior
  • PSYCH  315 Cognitive Psych
  • PSYCH  330/330H Behavioral Neuroscience/ Honors
  • PSYCH  335/335H Behavioral Neuroendocrinology/Honors
  • PSYCH  391BR S-Brain & Cognitive Developmnt
  • PSYCH  391NR S-Adv Topics in Neuroscience
  • PSYCH  391NU S-Neuroplasticity
  • PSYCH  391VM S-Cognitive Neuroscience of High-Level Vision and Memory
  • PSYCH  430 Laboratory in Neuroscience

*Not all Psych courses numbered 300-level and above are accepted as advanced electives in BMB.  Only those Psych courses listed above are accepted toward the BMB major.

Public Health (PUBHLTH)

  • PUBHLTH  433 Ecotoxicology and Public Health
  • PUBHLTH  490D Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Stockbridge School (STOCKSCH)

  • STOCKSCH  326 Insect Biology
  • STOCKSCH  497P ST-Pharmacognosy
  • STOCKSCH  505  General Plant Pathology
  • STOCKSCH  515  Micbiol of the Soil
  • STOCKSCH  525 Mycology
  • STOCKSCH  530 Plant Nutrition
  • STOCKSCH  575 Environmental Soil Chemistry
  • STOCKSCH  585 Inorganic Contaminants in Soil, Water, and Sediment
  • STOCKSCH  596D IS-Medicinal Plants