Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is the study of the molecular basis of life. Biochemistry uses the principles of chemistry and physics to understand biological molecules, structures, and reactions. Molecular biology focuses on how biological molecules interact to form cells, organisms, and behaviors.
Students in this major apply basic principles of chemistry and physics to the study of living cells and their components to explain biology at molecular, genetic, and cellular levels. Students will develop a strong foundation in quantitative and analytical biological sciences, including molecular biology, biochemistry, enzymology, metabolism, cell biology, and molecular genetics.
The Molecular and Cell Biology Option (MCB) of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major is designed for students who have an interest in the study of life at the cellular level. Some questions that reflect the scientific area of this option are:
- How does the living cell control its many functions at the genetic and molecular level?
- How does the living cell sense and respond to its environment?
- How does the living cell develop from undifferentiated to highly specialized cells?
- What is the role of cell death in the overall development of an organism?
The MCB option provides students with the flexibility to study the field using a strong physical science (chemistry/physics) approach or by using the tools of genetics, cellular, and developmental biology. Either way, students acquire a solid foundation in molecular and cell biology that prepares them especially well for graduate and professional schools or for positions in industry.
- Graduates will have and be able to communicate an understanding of molecular and cell biology sufficient to qualify for graduate or professional schools or for entry-level positions as industrial scientists.
- Graduates will develop basic laboratory skills and be familiar with the standard techniques and equipment used in the modern molecular and cell biology laboratory.
- Graduates will generate and interpret data with subsequent application to the solution of novel problems in molecular and cell biology.
- Graduates will identify career opportunities and professional and ethical issues that concern scientists in the molecular and cell biology field.
Requirements to Enter the Major
- Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better and must complete Chem 110, 111, 112, and Math 140 with a grade of C or better.
Requirements to Graduate
To graduate, students must meet all three of the following requirements:
- 2.0 cumulative GPA.
- a grade of C or better in two of the following three courses: BMB/Micrb 251, BMB/Micrb 252 & Micrb 201.
- a grade of C or better in 9 credits of 400-level BMB/Micrb lecture courses (for BMB majors).
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