Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Bachelor of Science

The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major provides a strong foundation in biological chemistry and molecular biology, and related topics at the interface of these two disciplines. The major is designed to build conceptual understanding and practical and critical thinking skills to address current biological, biochemical, and biomedical challenges.

Did You Know?

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology is a forward-looking discipline serving a rapidly growing sector. The program is based out of Wake Downtown, a modern, spacious and vibrant facility 13 minutes from our main campus. There, students work side-by-side with graduate students and faculty on research projects. 

  • Majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology grew 248% from Spring 2017 (35 students) to Spring 2023 (122 students).
  • In the 2022 and 2023 graduating classes, 40% of those declaring their primary major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology presented a faculty-mentored project at Undergraduate Research Day at some point.
  • Dr. Patricia Dos Santos recently received a $680,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study clusters in cells. Dr. Dos Santos’ ultimate goal is advancement in pharmaceutical development.


Sample courses for students studying Biochemistry & Molecular Biology include:

  • Epigenetics
  • Genomics
  • Molecular Signaling
  • Senior Research Project

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Practical Experience & Skills

Students will select a major concentration either in biochemistry or in molecular biology, which differ only in elective courses. A required research experience, culminating in a senior project, will give students strong experimental skills and provide insight into the experimental approaches and results that demonstrate the function of biological molecules.

Students in this program will develop the following skills:

  • Organizing ideas/information
  • Applying scientific concepts to problems
  • Making projections from data
  • Make critical observations and appropriate decisions
  • Operate scientific equipment
  • Organize and maintain accurate records
  • Good vision and manual dexterity
  • Conduct and clearly explain scientific research

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Clubs & Organizations

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology students participate in the following clubs and organizations:

  • American Chemical Society
  • Beta Beta Beta
  • Bioethics Club
  • Women in STEM

Career Outcomes

Careers that often interest Biochemistry & Molecular Biology majors include:

  • Associate Scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Pharmacist Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Associate
  • Research Scientist
  • Scientist

Recent graduates are in financial consulting; engineering; and in medical schools across the country.

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