How to Succeed as a Biochemistry Major
Because the biochemistry major requires a number of prerequisite courses, you probably won't take any of the courses taught by Biochemistry faculty until at least your junior year, but you should declare your major as soon as possible and develop a plan for completing all your degree requirements.
You should plan carefully for the courses that are only offered once a year. Remember, you must complete both the biochemistry major and the Arts & Sciences Group requirements. You should plan on completing these tasks simultaneously. If you delay starting your science courses until you have completed the Arts & Sciences Group requirements, you will extend the time required to finish your bachelors degree. It’s a good idea to speak with a Biochemistry academic advisor early in your college training if you intend to major in this department.
Good grades are important: this will help you, no matter what your ultimate goal. Allow two full academic years to complete your Biochemistry courses. This will enable you to get the most out of your education and provide an opportunity to accomplish a significant research project.
All students should routinely check the announcements for summer research and education programs that are posted on bulletin boards in the Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry departments, as well as on the Department of Biochemistry website. Summer program application deadlines usually arrive early in the year.