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.
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
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
- Nucleic Acid Biochemistry / Gene Expression
- Plant Biochemistry / Biofuels
- Proteomics / Genomics / Bioinformatics
- Structural Biology / Physical Biochemistry
Representative Employers of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Majors
• biotechnology companies
• 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)