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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Our majors are the start of a stimulating adventure & lead to highly exciting and rewarding careers!

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BMB Scholars Program

The BMB Scholars Program offers a 15-month research experience to exceptionally talented, full-time Penn State undergraduates performing research in the biological and chemical sciences under the supervision of one of 14 faculty members.

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The BMB department has a very robust honors program with approximately 75 members. For the scholastically inclined who is interested in laboratory research, the BMB honors program has much to offer.

Honors Program

Academic Planning

Explore the majors and minors available within the Department and identify the courses required for each.



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Undergraduate Research

We provide our students the opportunity to conduct research, working with faculty on cutting-edge projects.  More than 75 Undergraduate Researchers enroll in Independent Research each semester, gaining valuable work experience within a lab.

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Academic Advising

Academic Advising provides the opportunity for you to engage with an Advisor to assist in identifying academic goals, developing educational plans, and maximizing your educational experience.

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Our Students

Our Department is proud to be called home to some of the most outstanding undergraduate students in higher education.

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Undergrads In the News

Read about the exceptional students who are making waves in the classroom, in the lab, and in the news.

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Student Resources

Both the Penn State and our department have a number of resources and tools available to help students be successful in their academic and professional pursuits.  

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Learning Support for Classes

Student Organizations

Student Resources

Engaged Scholarship

Looking for an opportunity to take what you've learned in the classroom and apply it in the community?  Known as engaged scholarship, these opportunities are a great way to develop the skills needed to be successful in the professional world.

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Undergraduate Contacts

Help is available for any problems related to any of the undergraduate courses or programs. The department has dedicated staff that handle all activities that support our undergraduate programs.

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Awards & Scholarships

Our students are very successful in competitions for national awards and fellowships, Undergradaute Research Fellowships, and Departmental Awards.  Learn more about the awards available and those who have earned these awards in the past.

Awards and Scholarships