Biochemistry Four-Year Plans

Below are sample four-year plans for biochemistry majors. They focus on science coursework sequencing and do not take into account factors such as AP or advance standing credits, whether or not you plan to take summer courses, study abroad, or preparing for standardized tests like the MCAT or PCAT. Other four-year plans may be available on the university’s official Guide for your specific degree.

It is critical that you talk with your advisor about your tentative plan for course sequences and prerequisites, which courses are offered fall vs. spring vs. summer, etc. "Breadth/Electives" is a placeholder for any requirement or coursework outside the biochemistry major (social science, CALS International Studies, humanities, etc.)

Sample Four-Year Plan (Chem 103/104)

 Fall SemesterCrSpring SemesterCr
Year 1Chem 103
Math 221
Comm A (if needed)
First-year Seminar (CALS students)
Breadth/Electives

4
5
3
1
3+

Chem 104
Math 222
Breadth/Electives
5
4
3+
Year 2Chem 343
Biocore1 or Bio 151
Breadth/Electives
Research credits (optional)
3
5
3+
1-3
Chem 344 (or summer)
Chem 345
Biocore or Bio 152
Breadth/Electives
Research credits (optional)
2
3            
5
3+
1-3
Year 3Physics 207
Biochem 507
Biocore (if applicable)
Research credits (optional)
5
3
3
1-3
Physics 208
Biochem 508
Biocore (if applicable)
Chem 327 (or summer)
Research credits (optional)
5
3
3
4
1-3
Year 4Chem 565 or Biochem 551
Senior Thesis (optional)
Advanced Biology (if applicable)
4
2-3
3
Biochem 551 or Chem 565 (Chem 565 only offered in odd springs)
Senior Thesis (optional)
Advanced Biology (if applicable)
4
            
2-3
3          

Biocore sequence requires 4 lecture courses plus 2 laboratory courses. Students who complete Bio 151 and 152 (10 cr.) must also take 6. cr. of advanced biology to complete the biological sciences requirement.

See Advanced Biology Courses for a complete list of courses that can fulfill the advanced biology requirement (for students who have completed Bio 151/152).

Chem 565 is offered every fall, but only in odd springs (spring 2015, 2017 etc.), whereas Biochem 551 is offered both fall and spring each year.

Additional Four-Year Plan (Chem 109)

 Fall SemesterCrSpring SemesterCr
Year 1Chem 109
Math 221
Comm A (if needed)
First-year Seminar (CALS students)
 

5
5
3
1
 

Chem 327
Math 222
Breadth/Electives
4
4
3+
Year 2Chem 343
Biocore1 or Bio 151
Breadth/Electives
Research credits (optional)
3
5
3+
1-3
Chem 344 (or summer)
Chem 345
Biocore or Bio 152
Breadth/Electives
Research credits (optional)
2
3
5
3+
1-3
Year 3Physics 207
Biochem 507
Biocore or Advanced Biology
Research credits (optional)
5
3
3
1-3
Physics 208
Biochem 508
Biocore or Advanced Biology
Research credits (optional)
5
3
3
1-3
Year 4Chem 565 or Biochem 551
Remaining breadth, electives, research, advanced biology (if applicable), and/or senior thesis
4
3+

 

Biochem 551 or Chem 565 (Chem 565 only offered in odd springs)
Remaining breadth, electives, research, advanced biology (if applicable), and/or senior thesis
4

3+
 

 

Additional Four-Year Plan (Chem 103) Spring Freshman Year

 Fall SemesterCrSpring SemesterCr
Year 1Math 112/113/114/171
Comm A (if needed)
First-year Seminar (CALS students)
Breadth/Electives
 

3-5
3
1
3+
 

Chem 103
Math (next in sequence)
Breadth/Electives
4
3-5
3+
Year 2Chem 104
Math (next in sequence)
Breadth/Electives
5
4-5
3+
Chem 343
Math (if needed)
Bio 151
Breadth/Electives
3
4
5
3+
Year 3Chem 345
Chem 344 (or future summer)
Bio 152
Research credits (optional)
Breadth/Electives
3
2
5
2
3+

Biochem 501
Physics 207
Chem 327 (or summer)
Research credits (optional)
Advanced Biology

3
5
4
1-3
3
Year 4Physics 208
Chem 565 or Biochem 551
Remaining breadth, electives, research, and/or senior thesis

5
4
3+

 

500/600 level Biochem course
Biochem 551 or Chem 565 (565 is only offered in odd springs)
Advanced Biology
Remaining breadth, electives, research, and/or senior thesis

2-3
4

3
3+
 

 

About the courses

Students should be aware that some biochemistry courses are not offered every semester or year. Consult the university’s Guide to see when courses are typically offered and enroll.wisc.edu to see which courses are being offered in a specific upcoming term.