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Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Make sense out of life.
One of the most exciting and influential areas of science today, biochemistry and molecular biology (BCMB) exists at the intersection of biology and chemistry. Exploring the cellular and molecular building blocks of living organisms is a fascinating — and humbling — experience, as you uncover the very conditions and interactions that make life (and you) possible.
Our biochemistry and molecular biology major puts you on the fast track to discovery, allowing you to engage in research as early as your first year, co-author research papers with faculty members or graduate students, and present those papers at professional conferences. Whether you choose to enter the industry or pursue an advanced degree, you’ll graduate ready to hit the ground running.
Why Study Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Clark?
- Pursue your degree — and valuable internships — in a region with a national and international reputation for excellence in biomedical innovation and education, including the University of Massachusetts Medical School and biotech companies that are right here in Worcester.
- Combine traditional “wet lab” biochemistry with chemical, biological, and computational tools to solve biology questions.
- Conduct research in Clark’s LEED Gold-certified Lasry Center for Bioscience, a 50,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, and use specialized biology and chemistry research equipment normally found only in much larger departments.
Students put their skills to work, from State Street to Dana-Farber
Topics range from DNA modifications to the evolution of folk music
Your Will. Your Way.
The Major Path
The biochemistry and molecular biology major is highly structured and requires a solid grounding in biology and chemistry, as well as courses in physics and calculus. You also will take biochemistry, a yearlong course sequence that reviews our current understanding of the field, before moving on to more advanced courses, one of which must fulfill a techniques requirement.
Our robust Pre-health Advising Program is available if you’re interested in pursuing a career in the health professions.
Skills you will learn include:
- How to design a hypothesis, and collect and interpret relevant data
- How to communicate information orally and in writing
- How to work as part of a team
During your junior year, you might be accepted into the biochemistry and molecular biology honors program. Joining the program means you’ll work closely with a professor to create a thesis on a topic of your choice. Examples of recent honors thesis topics are:
- Effects of Light-Emitting Diodes on the Light Harvesting System of Green Photosynthetic Bacteria
- Understanding the Function of KIFAP3 and Its Possible Role in ALS
- Biophysical Studies of the Self-Assembly of the Amyloid b-2 Protein in the Presence of Rifamycin SV
- Gene Delivery Via Functionalized Poly(ethylene imine)-DNA Polyplexes
- Biochemical and Genetic Analysis of Octopamine Biosynthesis
The LEEP difference
An education merging knowledge, action, and impact
With Liberal Education and Effective Practice, lessons begin in the classroom but never end there. Your learning includes world and workplace experiences that forge your skills and shape your path.
We’ve Got It Covered
Our nervous system enables us to learn, remember, think, and experience emotion. Explore how these critical systems develop and function—especially in mammals—and their relationship to behavior and disease.
Computers in Biochemistry
Gain experience using software packages to analyze chemical and biochemical systems retrieval, such as analysis of DNA and protein sequence information, and simulations of protein dynamics and ligand binding.
Chemistry and Biology of Medicine
Explore how currently available drugs interact with biological systems at the molecular level to combat a range of infections and diseases, and read journal articles to see examples of drug development research.
This lab-oriented course will have you making (recombining) new DNA from two or more existing DNA strands, often from different organisms. You’ll deploy a range of techniques as part of a semester-long project.
Explore what the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program has to offer