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Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology

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Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology

Degree Options

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. The Bachelor of Science degree meets the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Society guidelines.

Description of Program

The biochemistry, cell and molecular biology (BCMB) major prepares students for careers in one of the most exciting areas of science: the interface between biology, chemistry and physics. The development of techniques, like genetic engineering and microscale analysis, have brought an increasingly molecular focus to the traditional scientific disciplines of chemistry, biology and the health sciences. Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology are at this interdisciplinary crossroads. The BCMB program introduces students to the chemistry of living organisms and the experimental techniques that are used to probe the structures and functions of biologically important molecules.

The Bachelor of Science major is intended to meet the needs of students seeking careers in molecular life science industries (biotechnology, drug, food, agriculture and clinical industries), students preparing for health professional schools (medical, veterinary, dental and optometry), and students interested in graduate programs in molecular life sciences (biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetic engineering and medicinal chemistry). The major meets the guidelines of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

The Bachelor of Arts major is intended to meet the needs of students interested in pursuing cross-disciplinary careers that merge a strong science background with a field of its application. These fields include bioinformatics, forensics, management, marketing, education, public relations, biophysics, biotechnology law and others upon approval of the BCMB Board of Directors.

The Drake BCMB program emphasizes student-centered curricula, early participation in research and broad-based skills development. Students typically become authors on abstracts and manuscripts and work closely with professional scientists.

There are currently about 160 students in the program. This size allows faculty and peers to help students with academic issues, as well as provide mentoring for research experiences, professional networking and planning for postgraduate education and career choices.

Research is very important in the BCMB Program. B.A and B.S. students participate in research. Students begin research as soon as possible; some begin their first year or second year. Faculty and collaborating scientists provide a wide range of potential research projects in which students may engage.

During their junior and senior years, students participating in the Advanced Molecular Life Sciences course are directly involved in collaborative research. Students write and orally present their research projects during their senior year as part of the Capstone experience. Students often present their research at professional scientific meetings and in scientific journals.

Requirements for Major

The B.A. and B.S. majors require students to demonstrate knowledge of course-based content and compile a portfolio. They differ in their content requirements as shown below.

Course-Based Content

Bachelor of Arts Degree:

  • Biology 001, 012, 013, 018 or 019 and laboratories (Biological Sciences), 8 credit hrs.
  • Biology 105 (Genetics), 3 credit hrs.
  • Biology 165 (Cell Biology), 4 credit hrs.
  • Chemistry 001/003, 002/004 (General Chemistry), 8 credit hrs.
  • Chemistry 097/098, 108/110 (Organic Chemistry), 8 credit hrs.
  • Chemistry 130/131 (Biochemistry), 4 credit hrs.
  • Chemistry 132/133 (Advanced Biochemistry), 4 credit hrs.
  • Biology 186 (Molecular Biology), 3 credit hrs.
  • Biology 187L (Molecular Biology Laboratory), 2 credit hrs.
  • BCMB 137 (Advanced Molecular Life Sciences Laboratory)
    OR BCMB 199 (Research)
    OR BCMB 198 (Internship 3-12 credit hrs.
  • BCMB 195 (Senior Seminar), 1 credit hr.
  • Statistics or Calculus, 3-4 credit hrs.
  • *Career Focus Area, 15 credit hrs.
  • Two advanced electives from a selection of the following:
    • Biology 116 (Bioinformatics), 3 credit hrs.
    • Biology 126/126L (Developmental Biology and laboratory), 4 credit hrs.
    • Biology 182 (Immunology), 3 credit hrs.
    • Biology 188/188L (Structural Biology), 5 credit hrs.
    • Biology 189 (Regulatory Biology), 2 credit hrs.
    • BCMB 161 (Biophysical Chemistry and Laboratory), 4 credit hrs.
    • Biology 104 (Virology)
    • Biology 176 (Neurophysiology)

Bachelor of Science Degree

  • Biology 001, 012, 013, 018 or 019 and laboratories (Biological Sciences), 8 credit hrs.
  • Biology 105 (Genetics), 3 credit hrs.
  • Biology 165 (Cell Biology), 4 credit hrs.
  • Chemistry 001/003, 002/004 (General Chemistry), 8 credit hrs.
  • Chemistry 081 (Quantitative Chemistry)
  • Chemistry 097/098, 108/110 (Organic Chemistry), 8 credit hrs.
  • Chemistry 130/131 (Biochemistry), 4 credit hrs.
  • Chemistry 132/133 (Advanced Biochemistry), 4 credit hrs.
  • BCMB 161 (Biophysical Chemistry)
    OR Chemistry 165 (Physical Chemistry)
    OR Chemistry 182 (Advanced Analytical), 3-4 credit hrs.
  • Biology 186 (Molecular Biology), 3 credit hrs.
  • Biology 187L (Molecular Biology Laboratory), 2 credit hrs.
  • BCMB 137 (Advanced Molecular Life Sciences Laboratory), 3 credit hrs.
    OR BCMB 199 (Research), 1-3 credit hrs.
    OR BCMB 198 (Internship), 3-12 credit hrs.
  • BCMB 195 (Senior Seminar), 1 credit hr.
  • Physics 011, 012, 8 credit hrs.
  • Mathematics 050 (Calculus), 4 credit hrs.
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