Chemical Biology refers to the application of Chemistry to biological problems. The “Chemical Biology” track to the B.S. in Chemistry is intended for students interested in this area or in careers in the medical field. Like the “Chemistry” track, it provides a sound background in Chemistry but also includes a solid core of Biology courses so that students completing it will not only have the chemical knowledge to understand the methods they are using, but also will have the knowledge of Biology necessary to understand the systems they intend to study.
Both tracks require 128 credit hours for graduation. In the Chemical Biology track, 21 of these are completely free electives. Participation in undergraduate research is stongly encouraged, and CHEM 4010 Inorganic Chemistry II is a recommended but not required elective. Students considering medical school should include a semester of General Psychology and a semester of Sociology among their HASS or elective courses.
*For students who have applied for and been granted an exception, the Summer Arch courses should be re-scheduled with the help of the adviser, with some taken during the spring semester. For listing of the exception process go to: http://info.rpi.edu/arch/students/#ExceptionProcess.
All named courses are required unless alternatives are approved by the Department adviser. Other courses can be taken out of sequence if prerequisites and scheduling permit.
A total of 128 credit hours are required for graduation. Twenty-five of these are completely free electives. Students should select electives in consultation with the adviser to give a balanced program totaling 128 credit hours. Research experience such as through CHEM 2950 or URP activities is strongly encouraged.
BIOL 1010/1015 Introduction to Biology is recommended for students with a weak background in biology.
Students considering medical school should include one semester of General Psychology and one semester of Sociology among their HASS or elective courses.
CHEM 4010 Inorganic Chemistry II is a recommended elective.
Students should work with their adviser to select the electives that best fit their needs. Students interested in medicine as a career should register with the pre-health committee and take the recommended courses before the senior year as preparation for the qualifying exams required for admission to medical school. In addition, two English courses and at least one semester of General Psychology and one semester of Sociology should be included among their HASS or elective courses.