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