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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 





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.

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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
Erin Kelly earns Peter T. Luckie Award

Erin Kelly, a rising Senior, earns Peter T. Luckie Award for Outstanding Research at the 
Spring 2020 Undergraduate Research Exhibition.

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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 Haley MacDonald

Meet Haley, a rising Senior majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, whose taking her undergraduate career by storm!

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Meet Cassidy Prince

Meet Cassidy, a rising senior majoring in Microbiology, who's making the most of every opportunity at Penn State.


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Meet Xueer (Will) Han

Meet Xueer (Will) Han, a rising Junior majoring in Biotechnology.


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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.