The major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provides a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics; a core sequence in the basic principles of biochemistry; and advanced coursework that explores the major avenues and methods of inquiry in the application of biochemistry and molecular biology to the understanding of living systems. Students who complete this program will understand the importance of the scientific method in studying natural phenomena. They will be able to develop hypotheses, design experiments, critically evaluate data, and communicate scientific data and ideas orally and in writing. The major adheres to the guidelines for an undergraduate curriculum published by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. With additional coursework in chemistry, students can earn a degree certified by the American Chemical Society.
The major prepares students to pursue advanced degrees in biochemistry, molecular biology, and related fields such as chemical biology and biomedical engineering. It also provides a strong foundation for continued study in fields such as medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, science policy, law and intellectual property, business, education, and science writing.