Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology2018-04-19T16:11:31+00:00

Centre’s program in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) is designed to provide a solid introduction to the cellular and molecular fundamentals of life.

The BMB program meets the needs of a variety of students: those who want to pursue biochemistry, cell biology, and/or molecular genetics in graduate school, those who want to pursue a career in the health professions (dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, or allied health fields), and those biology, chemistry, or physics students who want to broaden and complement their course of studies.

Our BMB labs feature state-of-the-art instruments including an image analysis system consisting of a Zeiss fluorescence microscope equipped with a digital camera connected to a computer, cryostat, cell culture facilities (laminar flow hood, tissue culture incubator, inverted phase-contrast microscopes), computerized spectrophotometer, numerous electrophoresis apparatuses, equipment for recombinant DNA work, ultrasonicator, a liquid scintillation counter, ultrafreezer, lyophilizer, cold room, superspeed and ultracentrifuges, high-performance liquid chromatograph and fraction collectors, as well as additional routine laboratory equipment.

Your Major Took You Where?*

EMPLOYER POST-GRADUATE STUDY
Sanders-Brown Center for Aging Duke University (Ph.D., molecular cancer biology)
Fulbright Scholar Program (Malaysia) Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (M.D., medicine)
Advanced Genome Technology Johns Hopkins University (M.D., medicine)
Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners Belmont University (Pharm.D., pharmacy)
Central DuPage Hospital University of North Carolina (Ph.D., biological/biomedical sciences program)
*A Sampling of Recent Centre Graduates

“If you are interested in science and the mechanisms that make life possible, then you should consider BMB. Centre offers a uniquely close-knit, organized, and integrative BMB program. The highly experienced professors will not only challenge you, but also show genuine interest in your development as a student and future member of the professional scientific and/or health communities.”

EMILY MCGLONE
Centre Class of 2018 • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Program Design

The BMB major begins in the first-year/sophomore years with a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. In the junior and senior years, students progress from macromolecules to cellular metabolism to molecular genetics to cell biology. At the same time, these junior-senior BMB courses introduce the student to most of the major experimental tools that are critical to this molecular understanding of life. Finally, students are exposed to a wide spectrum of research currently underway in the BMB field, partly through their senior seminar, and partly through research participation.

Research & Internships

Most BMB upper-class students will be involved in research participation, either at Centre College or in several off-campus programs with which Centre is affiliated. Internships and summer research experiences with BMB faculty members at Centre and at other institutions provide an opportunity to apply academic study to real life problems. Centre students have gained valuable experience interning at various institutions, including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and UCLA.

Careers

Through classroom and hands-on laboratory experiences, our program prepares students for graduate training in biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular genetics; for preparatory training in the health professions (dentistry, medicine, or other health science fields); and for employment in areas such as biomedical research and the pharmaceutical industry. With appropriate post-baccalaureate work, BMB majors pursue a wide variety of professions in the sciences — careers in medicine or other health sciences; biological and chemical research in academia, government, or private industry; and teaching.

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