Structure of a bis-benzimidazole drug bound in the minor groove of the DNA duplex C-G-C-G-A-A-T-T-C-G-C-G.
Czarny, A., Boykin, D. W., Wood, A. A., Nunn, C. M., Neidle, S., Zhao, M., Wilson, W. D. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1995, 117, 4716.
Our objective is to enable students to think at the interface, to effortlessly move back and forth between chemistry and biology. They will have the background to appreciate the biological context of their research questions and they will have mastered the chemistry fundamentals that underlie the properties and reactions of biomolecules. These students will be able to make connections and have insights that are difficult to obtain without a thorough training in both chemistry and biology. We expect that the program in Chemistry and Biology will capture the imaginations of talented HMC students and reinforce their abilities to think across disciplines.
If you are interested in knowing more about this new opportunity you should contact Professor Stephen Adolph (Biology) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Professor Hal Van Ryswyk (Chemistry) at email@example.com.
Requirements for the Degree
Required courses for the joint major are listed below. In addition, students must complete the Technical Core and the Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts requirements common to all HMC students. Joint majors have two advisors, one from Chemistry and one from Biology.
Chemistry 51 - Physical Chemistry
Chemistry 53 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Chemistry 56 - Carbon Compounds
Chemistry 58 - Carbon Compounds Laboratory
Chemistry 103 - Analytical Chemistry
Chemistry 105 - Organic Chemistry
Chemistry 109 - Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
Chemistry 111 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Biology 54 - Biology Laboratory
Biology 111: Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory
Biology 113: Molecular Genetics
Biology 182/Chemistry 182 - Chemistry in Living Systems
Biology 184/Chemistry 184 - Methods in Biochemistry
Biology 189/Chemistry 189 - Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- One pair selected from:
- Chemistry 103 - Analytical Chemistry/Chemistry 109 - Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
- or Chemistry 104 - Inorganic Chemistry/Chemistry 110 - Inorganic Laboratory
- One course selected from:
- Biology 101 - Comparative Physiology
Biology 108 - Ecology and Environmental Biology
Biology 109 - Evolutionary Biology
- Five elective credits of upper-level Biology coures, to be selected by the student in consultation with her/his advisor. Prior permission from the Department of Biology is required.
NOTE: In order to optimize their opportunities and to enable individual flexibility, students may request to count other courses not currently listed as Biology electives. These other courses might include new Biology courses developed at HMC, cross-listed HMC courses (e.g., topics in biological engineering), and appropriate courses offered by other Claremont Colleges. Prior approval, granted by the faculties of Biology and Chemistry, will be required to substitute electives.
|Chemistry 23S, 23E, 24
|Physics 23||1.5||Physics 24 and 28||4|
|Math 25B or 25G
||3||Math 35 & 45
|Computer Science 5||3||Biology 52||3|
|Chemistry 51||3||Biology 54||1|
|Chemistry 53||2||Chemistry 56||3|
|Math 60 & 65||3||Chemistry 58||1|
|HSA #1||3||HSA #2
|Biology 111||2||Biology 182/Chemistry 182||3|
|Biology 113||3||Biology 184/Chemistry 184||1|
|Chemistry 105||3||Biology 101 or 108 (as an example)
|Chemistry 111||1||Biology Lab (103 as an example)
|HSA #4||3||HSA #6||3|
|HSA #5||3||HSA #7||3|
|Colloquium or Seminar||0.5||Colloquium or Seminar||0.5|
|Senior Research||3||Senior Research||3|
|Biology 189/Chemistry 189||3||Biology elective||3|
|Chemistry 103||3||HSA #9||3|
|Chemistry 109||1||HSA #10||3|
|HSA #8||3||Seminar or Colloquium||0.5|
|Seminar or Colloquium||0.5||Elective||2|