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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Originally a subfield in biology and chemistry, biochemistry has become its own discipline. The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major gives students a foundation in the concepts and techniques essential to success in the interface between chemistry and biology. 

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology majors are prepared for a variety of career opportunities, including biomedical research, health professions, and post-graduate education. A graduating Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major will be able to think like a scientist, have extensive knowledge of biochemistry, and be well-versed in biochemical techniques and technologies.

Academic Requirements

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program offers a major that culminates in a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. This interdisciplinary major provides a comprehensive education at the interface between biology and chemistry that nurtures students to become independent scientists in this rapidly advancing and exciting field. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the discipline, there is not a BMB minor and students may not major in BMB and minor in biology or chemistry.

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major requires six courses in biology, six courses in chemistry, two-course sequences in introductory physics and calculus, the biology junior seminar, the chemistry senior seminar, and the BMB senior capstone experience, for a total of 70 credits.

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Declaring the BMB Major

Welcome to the BMB major! Students interested in declaring the BMB major should contact the Program Chair, Dr. Mindy Reynolds to complete the necessary paperwork and develop a plan for completing the academic requirements during your remaining time at Washington College.

Carley Peet