Biochemistry and Molecular Biology—BS (Chemistry Focus)
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Prepare yourself for the emerging field of biochemistry and molecular biology with an innovative bachelor’s degree that takes a blended approach to chemistry and biology education.
Biochemists and molecular biologists investigate the microcosm of biomolecules, studying biological chemistry to understand the molecular and genetic bases of cellular processes. When you earn a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Michigan Tech, you’ll be well on your way to a rewarding career in virtually any branch of the life sciences you choose.
Our bachelor’s degree program will equip you with the knowledge and hands-on skills to influence global change and empower humanity through scientific advancement. After graduation, you could create solutions to some of the world’s most critical problems, such as designing lifesaving drugs and vaccines, feeding a hungry world, cleaning up the environment, or developing biofuels and sustainable manufacturing processes for a lighter environmental footprint.
Focus on Biochemistry with a Chemistry Concentration
The cross-disciplinary bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology is designed to provide a broad, integrated education in chemistry and biological sciences, with a primary focus on either discipline chosen as a concentration.
With a concentration in chemistry, you'll investigate cellular biochemical processes, progressing to the molecular scale. Biochemistry is the study of the structure, composition, and chemical reactions of substances in living systems. Explore the structures and functions of cellular components, including proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and other biomolecules.
You'll develop a strong grounding in the quantitative and physical sciences while working in our world-class research labs and applying the latest technology in DNA, RNA, and protein analysis; gene cloning and transformation; and chromatography.
About the Program
- Learn in a supportive environment. First-year chemistry majors stick together in the Studio Lab and study under the same instructor during their first two semesters, at least. You’ll develop excellent critical-thinking and lab skills while building lasting rapport with your instructor and classmates.
- Undergraduate research is emphasized. All of our faculty members are advancing basic and applied research in chemistry, and all welcome students into their research groups.
- Enjoy the freedom to experiment in the lab. Once you master lab processes and techniques, you’ll be let loose to conduct research individually.
- Increase your employability. Most chemistry majors participate in research or a co-op/internship experience. Our students have garnered internships with high-profile employers including Los Alamos National Laboratory. Additionally, you may have the opportunity to publish your research.
- Get the extra technological edge on your education. You’ll use advanced, state-of-the-art instrumentation in our teaching labs.
- Learn from creative, enthusiastic faculty who truly enjoy working with students. And smaller class sizes translate to more personal attention: our department’s student-to-faculty ratio is 5:1.
- Our undergraduate degree programs provide excellent preparation for graduate health programs and law school.
- The basic chemistry degree pathway allows students the flexibility to take 21–24 credits of free electives. You could use these credits to enroll in foreign language classes, study abroad, or earn a minor or certificate in an area of study outside of chemistry.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Our undergraduate degree programs emphasize undergraduate research experiences. All of our faculty members are advancing basic and applied research in chemistry, and all welcome students into their research groups.
Contact the faculty member you are interested in working with to learn more. Specific positions in each lab depend on availability and funding.
Learn more about undergraduate research.
When you complete the bachelor of science biochemistry degree you:
- will have in-depth theoretical and experimental knowlege in organic and biophysical chemistry, and biochemistry.
- will have fundamental theoretical and experimental knowledge of quantitative and insturmental analytical methods.
- can safely work in a laboratory to collect, analyze and evaluate experimental data.
- can use scientific literature to research and solve problems.
- can apply theoretical and experimental knowledge, and problem-solving skills in an independent research project.
- can communicate with other members of the scientific community using both oral and written methods.
- can demonstrate awareness of the societal and environmental implications of chemistry as a discipline, and your professional responsibility as an ethical chemist.
About the Profession
Scientists with a background in biochemistry and molecular biology are the lifeblood of the biotechnology revolution, advancing research and developing biological products and processes that improve our quality of life and the health of the planet, in diverse industries:
Agriculture and Agricultural Biotechnology
- Employ agricultural technology and genetic engineering to improve the yield and health of crops, making them more resistant to drought, disease, insects, and other pests.
- Create sustainable agriculture.
Alternative Fuels, Energy, and Manufacturing
- Develop biofuels for greener energy and biorefineries for cleaner, leaner manufacturing processes.
Biomedicine and Pharmacology
- Manufacture and design drugs and vaccinations to treat and prevent debilitating diseases and illnesses.
- Develop instantaneous tests for detecting disease.
Forensic Science and Identification
- Identify criminals and victims at crime scenes using forensic identification methods.
Genomics and Molecular Genetics
- Study the genetic mutations that lead to cancer and other diseases.
- Determine a patients risk of developing and/or transmitting a genetic disease.