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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Undergraduate Programs

If you enjoy learning about genomics, cloning, stem cells, cancer biology, microarrays, emerging diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases, studying in one of our majors would be a stimulating adventure.

Our majors lead to highly exciting and rewarding careers!


“Being among the top 50 research universities, I knew that I could pursue my interests in biochemistry while being among world-class faculty.”

Emily Snell, Microbiology Major, Class of 2019 

Congratulations Class of 2020
Congratulations Class of 2020!

Congratulations!  We are very proud of our graduates and look forward to following the careers in which they are about to embark!  Visit the Class of 2020 webpage to view all our Class of 2020 content!





Course and Program Highlights


Undergraduate Highlights

Anna Brogan named a 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Anna Brogan has been named a 2020 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow. 

Anna Brogan stands next to her research poster at the undergraduate research exhibition
Rachel Swope receives competitive Goldwater Scholarship

Rachel Swope has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

Image of Rachel Swope
Ananda Rankin named a 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Ananda Rankin named a 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Ananda Rankin at the SACNAS event
Looking back on Cuyler Luck's undergraduate career

A look at the impressive undergraduate career of Cuyler Luck, an Eberly College of Science Marshal for Spring 2020 commencement.

Cuyler Luck presenting his research poster at the University of Pennsylvania
Department selects spring 2020 student marshals

The Department has selected Rijul Bhimwal, Ananda Rankin, Kaitlin Cole, and Mengrui Cao to represent BMB as student marshals. 

Image from left to right: Mengrui Cao, Ananda Rankin, Rijul Bhimwal and Kaitlin Cole
Students Awarded 2020 Erickson Discovery Grants

Several undergraduate students within the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) have been selected to receive 2020 Erickson Discovery Grants.

Images from left to right of Julia Cipparulo, Thomas Starr, Carolyn Telfer, Owen Courtney, and Lydia Jordache

Meet Our Students

Meet Rachel Brunning

Meet Rachel, a junior majoring in both Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and French.

Image of Rachel Brunning presenting her research at the Penn State Undergraduate Research Exhibition
Meet Rachel Swope

Meet Rachel, a rising senior majoring in the Molecular and Cell Biology Option of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Image of Rachel Swope
Meet Chantel Hennings

Meet Chantel, a Marine Corps Veteran and Junior majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Image of Chantel Hennings
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Have an Achievement? Let Us Know!

If you are an undergraduate student within the department and have received an award or achievement let us know.  We would like to feature your accomplishment on the website on our social media channels.