Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - B.S.

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Overview

About the Degree: 

The program provides students with a rigorous background in both the biological and physical sciences with an emphasis on the chemistry of life processes. Following introductory courses in biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology, students study advanced topics in biochemistry, including biotechnology, human disease, and physical biochemistry. Two semesters of laboratory research are required, typically as an independent research project in the laboratory of a faculty member, together with electives in microbiology, immunology, genetics, and/or developmental biology.

Academics

What you will learn: 

The objective of these courses is to train students in the basic techniques used in biochemistry and molecular biology, and the application of the scientific method.  Students typically become part of a dynamic research environment and gain experience in both the experimental approach and the culture of a research laboratory.  Students in these courses have been co-authors of research papers published in the primary scientific literature.

Beyond the Classroom

Featured Research Labs/Research Areas: 
General Research Information: 

Our faculty are involved in many different research areas, many of which are listed here.

  • Cancer / Signal Transduction
  • Development / Stem Cell Biology
  • Disease Mechanisms / Medical Biochemistry / Infectious Disease
  • Enzymology / Metalloenzyme Chemistry
  • Extremophiles
  • Glycobiology
  • Nucleic Acid Biochemistry / Gene Expression
  • Plant Biochemistry / Biofuels
  • Proteomics / Genomics / Bioinformatics
  • Structural Biology / Physical Biochemistry

Careers

Salary: 
High Salary: 
$110,800
Low Salary: 
$39,400
Median Salary: 
$72,700
Employers: 

Representative Employers of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Majors

• biotechnology companies 
• colleges/universities 
• food companies 
• food and drug administration 
• hospitals and HMOs • K-12 schools
• pharmaceutical companies 
• research institutes
• state/federal government (CDC, DEA, EPA, USDA, etc.)
• forensic and DNA testing labs (FBI, GBI, local/state law enforcement)
 

Possible Job Titles: 

The BCMB program is primarily designed for students who will spend their career in the biological sciences or in a closely related discipline. The program prepares students for academic graduate programs in the life sciences, professional programs in the health sciences (medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, public health, etc.), entry level technical positions in academia/government/private sectors, and many other areas inside and outside of the life sciences. Click here for more specific information on career paths, links to job search sites, and employment opportunities available to the BCMB graduate. You are also encouraged to make an appointment with a staff member of the UGA Career Center or a BCMB advisor for more information about career opportunities.