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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program
A common interest in the workings of the cell links biochemists and molecular biologists together. The wide variety of chemical reactions that occur in the cell are the interest of the biochemist, while the genetic storage, transfer and use of information is the domain of the molecular biologist, and structure-function relationships interests both. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology meld together into a rich understanding of the action and regulation of processes of life. The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major is a Bachelor of Science degree, offered jointly by the Biology and Chemistry departments, to train students in this exciting field. It was created using the guidelines developed by The American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, ensuring a thorough grounding in the discipline. Students will learn the concepts and skills required to be successful scientists in the field. Students will be prepared for graduate study in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and related fields, or entry into technical careers. The major also provides excellent preparation for professional degrees such as medicine, dentistry or veterinary science. Students take a rich, interdisciplinary core of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics courses that include the following:
Required Chemistry Courses
Other advanced courses may also be eligible for credit toward the biochemistry degree. These decisions must be made by consultation with both the student’s advisor and the director of the Biochemistry Program. Courses which are focused primarily at the biochemical and molecular level will be eligible for consideration. Students are also strongly encouraged to take part in an organized primary literature review experience (such as journal clubs) and to participate in independent research.
The ASBMB Undergraduate Affiliate Network (UAN) is a national organization comprised of university-based chapters dedicated to the advancement of undergraduate research, research-based undergraduate education, and K-12 outreach in biochemistry and molecular biology.