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Biology major to revamp, cut down on chemistry requirements

The biology department has announced a series of changes to come to the undergraduate biology major, including revamped chemistry and biology lab sequences, for the 2016-2017 school year. As a result of the new courses, rising biology and premedical students will be required to take significantly fewer chemistry courses. This primarily affects current freshman and other students who have not yet completed a track.

Beginning next year, biology students will only be required to take organic chemistry through CHEM 35: “Synthetic and Physical Organic Chemistry”, after which they can choose between two tracks: biochemistry or extended organic chemistry.

New ChEM-H building approved, to begin construction during summer of 2016

Earlier this month, the Board of Trustees approved the construction of a $254 million building to house Stanford’s Chemistry, Engineering and Medicine for Human Health (ChEM-H) and Neurosciences Institutes (SNI). Expected to be complete by summer of 2018, the building will be located on West Campus at the site currently occupied by the Cardinal Cogeneration Plant.