The B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology applies the basic principles of chemistry and physics to the study of living cells and their components to explain biology at molecular, genetic, and cellular levels. Students will develop a strong foundation in quantitative and analytical biological sciences, including molecular biology, biochemistry, enzymology, metabolism, cell biology, and molecular genetics. Penn State Berks will be the only campus outside University Park to offer the B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Students will have the ability to customize their degree program by choosing either the Biochemistry Option or the Molecular and Cell Biology Option
This option is tailored for students who are interested in the structures, properties, and functions of macromolecules, and in the quantitative and analytical techniques used to characterize these macromolecules. Graduates with this option will be well prepared for careers in the pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology and health-related industries, including government, academic, and private laboratories. Students will also be prepared for graduate and professional school.
Molecular and Cell Biology Option
This option is for students whose interests relate to the growth, reproduction and differentiation of cells and to signaling processes that occur in multicellular systems that activate and modulate these processes. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for advanced study leading to careers in research, medicine, and education, or to secure employment in biotechnology and health-related industries, including government, academic, and private laboratories.