Jun 21, 2024  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (B.S.)

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) major prepares students for successful careers as research scientists at the chemistry-biology interface, or as health clinicians in translational medicine. Beginning with a highly structured foundational curriculum involving substantial hands-on laboratory experience, students gain the knowledge, confidence and ability to tackle more complex problems. At the junior and senior levels, students can tailor their curriculum from a rich diversity of upper level courses to suit their needs and interests. BMB students complete their required senior research project by electing to work with faculty from either Biology or Chemistry. Through this interdisciplinary experience, which stresses the importance of ethical behavior, lifelong learning and professionalism, graduates of the BMB program are prepared for successful post graduate study, or entry into the biomedical/pharmaceutical workforce.

Student Learning Outcomes for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major:

Students will be able to:

  • Recall, synthesize and apply fundamental concepts from multiple disciplines including biology, chemistry and mathematics.
  • Effectively research, synthesize and communicate scientific information with an understanding of the importance of ethical scientific practice.
  • Design, execute and critically interpret experiments to investigate questions at the cellular-molecular interface.
  • Effectively demonstrate essential biology and chemistry laboratory techniques, doing so in accordance with accepted safety standards.
  • Work effectively as members of a teach to achieve common goals which contribute to purposeful life work.


The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program has a prerequisite for entry into BIO 211 and upper-level biology classes contingent upon an average grade of C- or better in BIO 111 and BIO 112 or permission by the Dean and instructor.  The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program has a prerequisite for a grade of C- or higher in CH 105 for entry to CH 113 and a prerequisite of a grade of C- or higher in CH 113 for entry into CH 213.


Students wishing to have the BMB degree certified by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training may do so by electing to take PHY 201  and PHY 202 , MA 122 , and CH 343 .