Banner img

Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology

Banner img

Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology

Available Options

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a major in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology

Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology department web site


Program Overview

The biochemistry, cell and molecular biology (BCMB) major prepares students for careers at the critically important interface between biology, chemistry and physics many of which are in high demand. 

Our curriculum follows national guidelines from our professional organization, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). It emphasizes the molecular aspects of biology and life science aspects of chemistry.  It emphasizes student-centered curricula, early participation in research and broad-based skills development.


B.A. Degree Requirements

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 medicine, bioinformatics, forensics, management, marketing, education, public relations, biophysics, biotechnology law and others upon approval of the BCMB Board of Directors.

Course Credit Hours
BIO 001 - Biological Sciences for Non-Majors, or
BIO 012 - General/Pre-Professional Biology I, or
BIO 013 - General/Pre-Professional Biology II, or
BIO 018 - Intro to Anatomy & Physiology, or
BIO 019 - Intro to Botany
8
BIO 105 - Genetics 3
BIO 165 - Cell Biology 4
BIO 186 - Molecular Biology 3
BIO 187L - Molecular Biology Lab 2
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 098 - Orgamic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 108 - Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 110 - Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 130 - Biochemistry 3
CHEM 131 - Biochemistry Lab 1
CHEM 132 - Advanced Biochemistry 3
CHEM 133 - Advanced Biochemistry Lab 1
BCMB 137 - Advanced Molecular Life Sciences Lab, or
BCMB 199 - Research, or
BCMB 198 - Internship
3-12
BCMB 195 - Senior Seminar 1
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences, or
MATH 050 - Calculus I
3-4
Career Focus Area - individually developed with advisor 15
Advanced electives - choose two from the following:  
BIO 116 - Bioinformatics 3
BIO 126/126L - Developmental Biology and Lab 4
BIO 182 - Immunology 3
BIO 188/188L - Structural Biology 5
BIO 189 - Regulatory Biology 2
BCMB 161 - Biophysical Chemistry and Lab 4
BIO 104 - Virology 3
BIO 185 - Human Genetics 3
BIO 176 - Neurophysiology 3
PHY 132 - Medical Biophysics 3
Total 70

B.S. Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree is appropriate for all the careers described for the B.A. but is especially well-suited for more laboratory intensive careers such as molecular life science industries (biotechnology, drug, food, agriculture and clinical industries) and graduate programs in molecular life sciences (biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetic engineering and medicinal chemistry). The major follows the guidelines of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Course Credit Hours
BIO 001 - Biological Sciences for Non-Majors, or
BIO 012 - General/Pre-Professional Biology I, or
BIO 013 - General/Pre-Professional Biology II, or
BIO 018 - Intro to Anatomy & Physiology, or
BIO 019 - Intro to Botany
8
BIO 105 - Genetics 3
BIO 165 - Cell Biology 4
BIO 186 - Molecular Biology 3
BIO 187L - Molecular Biology Lab 0-3
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 081 - Quantitative Chemistry 0-4
CHEM 097 - Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 098 - Orgamic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 108 - Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 110 - Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 130 - Biochemistry 3
CHEM 131 - Biochemistry Lab 1
CHEM 132 - Advanced Biochemistry 3
CHEM 133 - Advanced Biochemistry Lab 1
BCMB 137 - Advanced Molecular Life Sciences Lab, or
BCMB 199 - Research, or
BCMB 198 - Internship
3-12
BCMB 161 - Biophysical Chemistry and Lab, or
CHEM 165 - Physical Chemistry, or
CHEM 182 - Advanced Analytical
3-4
BCMB 195 - Senior Seminar 1
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
PHY 011 4
PHY 012 4
Total 68
Drake img
Do Something Drake
I came to Drake because I could combine my interests
Admission Calendar

Apply Now - Application for Fall 2017

Visit Now - Campus visits offered Monday-Friday

September 26 - Health Professions Visit Day

October 1 - FAFSA available for Fall 2017

October 10 - Campus Preview Day

Mid-October - Application & scholarship review begins for Fall 2017 students

October 20 - Campus Preview Half-Day

October 21 - Campus Preview Half-Day

October 29 - Politics Visit Day

November 4 - Business BlueChip Expo Visit Day

November 5 - STEM@Drake Visit Day

November 14 - Campus Preview Day

×