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Majors, Minor and Options

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Sharon Kim (Honors Biochemistry and Molecular Biology '21) investigated the role of protein nitration in tumors of the nervous system for her honors thesis. She aligned her curiosity for cell biology and biochemistry with her interest in becoming a physician. In addition to her research in the Franco Lab, she had a leadership role in the Minority Association of Premedical Students (MAPS).

Build your path in biochemistry

Our world-class faculty foster an inclusive learning community in the molecular life sciences and are passionate about supporting undergraduate students, both in the classroom and the research laboratories. A degree in our program will help jumpstart your future career by building a strong foundation in critical thinking, biochemistry principles, technical skills and scientific communication.

The department offers two B.S. degrees, both accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB): Biochemistry and Biophysics (BB) and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB). Both degrees provide students with a foundation in the physical and biological sciences. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the program, students majoring in BB or BMB cannot seek a dual major or double degree in both majors or in the biohealth sciences, biology, zoology and microbiology majors

Biochemistry and biophysics major

The biochemistry and biophysics degree provides a degree path centered on the chemistry and physics of life processes with training that integrates the principles of chemistry, physics, mathematics, biochemistry, genetics and computer science.

Biochemistry and molecular biology major

The B.S. degree in biochemistry and molecular biology provides a degree path centered on the molecular basis of living systems with training in molecular genetics, biochemistry, and cell biology, as well as in rapidly developing areas such as bioinformatics.