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BMB Program Receives ASBMB Accreditation

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1 December 2014

In June 2014, Penn State’s undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) was one of the first programs nationwide to be awarded accreditation from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

Penn State is among only 14 colleges and universities across the country to have received the designation since the ASBMB established the accreditation program in 2013.  The certification confirms to students, as well as prospective graduate and professional schools and employers, that the education attained by Penn State Science BMB graduates meets the standards established by the leading national scientific association for biochemistry and molecular biology.

“We were truly thrilled to earn accreditation in the first round of applications,” says James Endres Howell, director of undergraduate studies in BMB. “We knew our program is one of the very best in the country, but public recognition from ASBMB was especially gratifying.”

The ASBMB is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization with more than 12,000 members. Founded in 1906, the society is based in Rockville, Maryland. The society's purpose is to advance the science of biochemistry and molecular biology through publication of scientific and educational journals, organization of scientific meetings, advocacy for funding of basic research and education, support of science education at all levels and promoting the diversity of individuals entering the scientific workforce.

—Tara Immel