CPB Concentration Requirements

The CPB concentration requirements are listed in the Student Handbook.



Foundational courses
2 half courses

LS 1a (or LPS A) AND LS 1b

Intermediate biology
2 half courses


MCB 63, 64, 65 or 68

General or Inorganic Chemistry
1 half course

PS1, PS10, PS11, Chem 40, or Chem 160

Physical Chemistry
1 half course

MCB 65*, MCB 199, CHEM 60, or CHEM 161

Organic Chemistry
2 half courses

Chem 17 AND Chem 27 or

Chem 20 AND Chem 30

1 full course

Math 19a AND 19b or

Math 21a AND Math 21b or

Applied Math 21a AND Applied Math 21b

1 half course in mechanics

PS 2**, PS 12a, Physics 15a or 16, or Applied Physics 50a

1 half course in electricity and magnetism

PS 3**, PS 12b, Physics 15b, or Applied Physics 50b

Upper level natural sciences
3 half courses

3 courses in the natural sciences, engineering, and/or math (e.g., 100-level CHEM, MCB, or Physics)

A list of courses that fulfill this requirement is posted here

1 semester

At least one upper level project lab course chosen from: LS 100, CHEM 100, CPB 91, and CPB 99.
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*MCB 65 cannot double-count as both an intermediate biology course and as a physical chemistry course
**Students who do not take at least one course at the level of Physics 15 or 16 or Physical Science 12 must take a computational course as one of the upper level courses chosen from CS 50 or 109; Applied Math 111, 115 or 126; MCB 111, 112, 131, or 199; or other computational class approved by the Head Tutor.