The B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB) 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 is the only campus outside University Park to offer the BMB degree.
Skills for the Real World
Many positions in the pharmaceutical science and health care fields rely on biochemistry and molecular biology. The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree has three advanced laboratories that are required for all majors, providing experience and proficiency in cutting-edge laboratory and scientific communication skills that are essential to employers. The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program also provides training in the critical thinking and analytical skills as well as the hands-on wet laboratory skills necessary to succeed in a wide variety of science and healthcare-related career paths.
Concentrations or Academic Tracks
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- Biochemistry option
- Molecular Biology option
Students have access to several career development opportunities, including undergraduate research with science faculty members, cooperative education experiences through Penn State’s Eberly College of Science, and the opportunity to pursue an internship.
Undergraduate research opportunities in the laboratories of program faculty include the genetics/biochemistry of bacteria, the genetic control of metabolism in Drosophila, and the use of cell culture systems to study development and cancer.
Students can pair the following minors with this degree program:
Graduates with this degree will be well-prepared for careers in the pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology and health-related industries, including government, academic, and private laboratories.
Graduates from this degree program have gotten jobs at:
- St. Luke’s Hospital
Students in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree program are well prepared for graduate and professional school. The degree program benefits students interested in medical school, because the Medical College Admissions Test began including biochemistry in 2015.
Graduates from this degree program have gone on to graduate school at:
- Case Western Reserve University
- Temple University
- Harvard University
- Drexel University
- Rutgers University