Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Programs of Study
The field of biochemistry evolved from the application of the principles of chemistry and physics to the characterization of metabolites and macromolecules found in biological systems. Its companion field, molecular biology, developed as our understanding of biochemistry and genetics provided tools to characterize the mechanisms and regulation of gene expression and the roles that interactions among molecules play in the function of living cells, tissues and organisms. The explosive growth in our understanding of living systems at the molecular level has fueled advances in biotechnology and can potentially contribute to the resolution of many problems confronting humanity. Research and development carried out by biochemists and molecular biologists spans the range from continued basic research to applications in the pharmaceutical, agricultural and food industries, air and water pollution control, and the study of ecosystems.