Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Why study biochemistry and molecular biology?

A major in biochemistry and molecular biology trains students to understand life processes at the molecular level from both a biological and chemical perspective. Students will learn how biologically important molecules interact and react to accomplish tasks such as sugar metabolism, synthesis of complex structures, enzyme catalysis, and the transfer of genetic information.

With a firm grasp of such processes, students will be well on their way to becoming researchers with solutions to important challenges in our society. Among them: the continual need for new antibiotic and anticancer drugs, the elucidation of disease-causing pathways, and the toxicology of chemical pollutants in the environment.

Why study biochemistry and molecular biology at Sweet Briar?

You will receive an educational background with a strong laboratory and research emphasis, and the opportunity to use instrumentation that many students at larger institutions do not get to use. Smaller average class sizes will provide more opportunities for tailored, individual instruction with an expert in the field.

What can you do with a biochemistry and molecular biology major?

If you are interested in a research career, a biochemistry and molecular biology major will provide excellent preparation for entry into graduate programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the biological sciences. You will be prepared for a variety of laboratory positions within universities, government research institutions and private businesses in the pharmaceutical, biomedical and biotechnology fields.

The biochemistry and molecular biology major is also well-suited for those who seek to enter medical, veterinary, pharmacy or dental schools, in which an understanding of biology at the molecular level is essential.