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Why study biochemistry/molecular biology at Benedictine?

When you choose to major in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology at Benedictine University, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Pursue a degree in an interdisciplinary major that emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Pursue an investigative-orientated approach to science.
  • Use advanced research instrumentation and techniques in a modern laboratory.
  • Participate in a highly productive and nationally recognized undergraduate program that has received external funding from federal agencies and the private sector.
  • Use the extensive facilities in the Birck Hall of Science, and possibly the facilities at off-campus sites such as BP Amoco, Argonne National Laboratory and Nalco.
  • Study systems biology, which exposes you to the disciplines and tools of bioinformatics, genomics and proteomics.
  • Publish and present your research findings at local, regional and national symposia.
  • Participate in a program that follows the guidelines of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

What careers are available with a degree in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology?

Unlike the traditional Biology or Chemistry major, the Biochemistry/Molecular Biology program is focused on interdisciplinary education in the natural sciences. This intensive and research-oriented training prepares students for specific graduate programs that are often unavailable to the traditional science major. These include graduate or health-career programs in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, developmental biology, genetics, microbiology and biotechnology.

The Biochemistry/Molecular Biology major also prepares students for entry-level research and development careers in biotechnology and industry. Biotechnology is the fastest-growing field of study in the natural sciences. Combined with the University’s location in the heart of the research and development corridor of metropolitan Chicago, a market exists for highly trained undergraduates with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology.

How does the program work?

As a Biochemistry/Molecular Biology major, you will acquire a broad base of knowledge represented by the University’s required core courses, which are invaluable to your future career development and daily interactions as a citizen of your community. Within the Biochemistry/Molecular Biology major, you will develop proficiency in biocalculus, university physics, general biology and general and organic chemistry. Additional lecture courses in biochemistry, intermediary metabolism, biophysics, genetics and molecular and cellular biology will be reinforced with consecutive series of laboratory courses in recombinant DNA, protein chemistry and genomic bioinformatics. At least three hours of research credit in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and/or physics is strongly recommended.




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