Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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My Michigan Tech: Elise Cheney Makens

Elise talks about why she chose Michigan Tech to prepare for a future in the health professions. The short answer? She was encouraged to get involved and explore her passions on campus from day one.

Advance research that improves lives.

Develop biofuels. Create instantaneous tests to detect disease. Work in any branch of the life sciences.

Biochemists and molecular biologists investigate the microcosm of biomolecules, studying biological chemistry to understand the molecular and genetic bases of cellular processes. Specialize your studies in biological sciences or chemistry, then work toward creating solutions—lifesaving drugs and vaccines, cleaning up the environment, developing biofuels, or sustainable manufacturing processes.

Michigan Tech’s blended chemistry and biology degree—paired with research opportunities and lab-based learning—expand your potential. The 6,500 square foot three-story Unit Operations Lab and Process Simulation and Control Center features two fully automated pilot plants and a two-story batch reactor.

Be Ready for What Tomorrow Needs:

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Undergraduate Student Research

Our students and faculty know what tomorrow needs. Biologists use fruit flies to study wing spots, metabolism, and aging. That matters because the same genes and major metabolic pathways in fruit flies affect cancer and other diseases in humans.

Create the Future with Careers In:

  • Academia
  • Genetics
  • Lab Supervision
  • Science

Huskies Get Hired By:

  • Kimberly Clark
  • Medtronic
  • Merck Pharmaceutical Company
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Government agencies and Universities
"Students are invited and encouraged to explore the world of chemistry beyond the classroom." Ramandeep Rekhi, 2017

Customize your Degree:

Focus areas available in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Minors available in:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Ecology
  • Fish Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Plant Sciences

You can also earn a master’s in one additional year through the Accelerated Master’s program.

Take Courses Like:

  • Genetics Laboratory
  • Immunology
  • Cell Biology
  • Applied and Industrial Microbiology
  • Plant Physiology

Learn more about biochemistry and molecular biology with a biology focus or a chemistry focus!