Biomolecular Science

Starting a concentration

While the biomolecular science concentration draws foundational material from courses in biology and chemistry, most students will begin with CHEM 121, CHEM 122, CHEM 125 or CHBI 125 in the fall of their first year. (Students should consult their chemistry placement recommendation when choosing between these courses.)

CHBI 125 may be of particular interest to students considering a biomolecular science concentration.  This course is the first of a 3-course sequence and fills by application. Jeff Schwinefus is managing the summer application process and interested students, with appropriate chemistry placement, should contact him (RNS 368, On September 2nd, Beth Abdella will take over registration for CHBI 125 and interested students should contact her directly (RNS 362, 

Are there courses students must, should, or can take their first year? 

Must: There are no courses that must be taken in the first year. However, starting in a chemistry course (CHEM 121, 122, 125, or CHBI 125) is strongly recommended. 


Many students take a calculus course in the first year (as Calculus I is a prerequisite for CHEM 126 and CHBI 126). Some students will also choose Bio 150 for the spring of their first year. The 0.25 credit Bmols 201 (offered spring semester only) may be of interest to some first-year students. 


Laura Listenberger, Director

RNS 380


Kathie Towler, AAA

RNS 360


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  • For the foundational chemistry course, students should follow their recommendation found in the Student Information System (SIS).
  • The foundational biology course is BIO 150 for all students. Rare exceptions include certain transfer courses or a score of A on Cambridge A-level Biology. 

Credit for previous coursework

Credit for transfer courses are done in consultation with the Registrar and the Biomolecular Science Director. 

Informational Events

  • Email Laura Listenberger, Director ( to sign up to receive occasional emails about biomolecular science events
  • Week One Information Session