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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

About the Major

The biochemistry and molecular biology major (Bachelor of Science) introduces students to the chemistry of living organisms and the experimental techniques that are used to probe the structures and functions of biologically important molecules. Students who enjoy both chemistry and biology and who are comfortable with quantitative approaches to problem solving will find this major a rewarding field of study.

Download the CBS Majors Diagram to compare the biochemistry and molecular biology degree requirements to all other degrees offered in our college. For detailed information about this major, visit Undergraduate Admissions, or click on the links to the left.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Describe the molecular and structural unity of life, explain how the diversity of living things is generated and perpetuated, and exemplify this diversity among and within life's three domains.
  • 2. Demonstrate knowledge of how genetics, biochemistry and direct observation are used to elucidate cell organization and function.
  • 3. Develop skills in applying quantitative methods to describe, evaluate and model biological processes.
  • 4. Demonstrate the ability to design and execute collection, evaluation And interpretation of experimental data.
  • 5. Demonstrate scientific literacy and skill in communication of Scientific concepts, data, and interpretation using multiple formats appropriate for target audiences.
  • 6. Develop an in-depth understanding of biomolecular behavior from fundamental physical and chemical principles.


The biochemistry and molecular biology program provides a solid scientific background for students seeking a research, teaching or service career in the life sciences. Positions for biochemists are open in the biomedical, biotechnological, pharmaceutical, agricultural research and chemical industries. Also, university-affiliated research laboratories, hospital laboratories, and government-sponsored research facilities provide employment opportunities. The major provides excellent preparation for advanced study in graduate or professional schools.

For more information about the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology within the College of Biological Sciences, visit the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology website.