2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
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2016-2017 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Interdisciplinary Major

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Overview

The biochemistry and molecular biology program offers an interdisciplinary major that draws on the faculty and course resources of the departments of biology and chemistry. Designed to provide students with an in-depth exploration of an area of science that is perhaps the most exciting and actively growing of any today, the program is suitable for students who want to pursue graduate studies in the area; enter medical school with a strong background in basic science; or take laboratory or other science-related positions after graduation. Those wishing to major in biochemistry and molecular biology must select an adviser within the program and file a plan of study with the program director.

For more information, please visit the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department’s website.

Major Requirements

The BCMB major is an in-depth study of overlapping fields, and requires background in both chemistry and biology. The curriculum is highly structured, and so you must be careful in planning your course of study. We strongly urge you to take at least eight semester courses in chemistry, biology, calculus or physics during your first two years. You should also consider getting a faculty advisor from the BCMB program as soon as you know you want to be a BCMB major, as good course sequencing can make the major much more manageable. Course requirements are:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Faculty


Robert Drewell, Ph.D.
John Gibbons, Ph.D.
Sergio Granados Focil, Ph.D.
Frederick Greenaway, Ph.D.
David Hibbett, Ph.D.
Charles Jacobsche, Ph.D.
Shuanghong Huo, Ph.D.
Denis Larochelle, Ph.D.
Noel Lazo, Ph.D.
Neva Meyer, Ph.D.
Deborah Robertson, Ph.D.
Donald Spratt, Ph.D.
Justin Thackeray, Ph.D.
David Thurlow, Ph.D.


John Brink, Ph.D.
Thomas Leonard, Ph.D.
Timothy Lyerla, Ph.D.

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