Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is the study of the molecular basis of life. Biochemistry uses the principles of chemistry and physics to understand biological molecules, structures, and reactions. Molecular biology focuses on how biological molecules interact to form cells, organisms, and behaviors.
The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology minor provides a foundation in traditional biochemistry and an exploration of the current understanding of molecular biology. The fields of biochemistry and molecular biology are extensively interconnected and are taught in the context of the biology of the cell. Stated another way, the BMB minor is a substantial treatment of life processes at the molecular and cellular levels.
The minor requires coursework in general biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology. A required laboratory course exposes students to the basic techniques and instrumentation used in modern biochemistry and molecular biology laboratories.
Students considering this minor should be comfortable with the study of chemistry.
(33-35 credits - A grade of a C or better is required for all courses in the BMB minor.)
Required Courses (29-30 credits)
- BMB 251 (3 credits)
- BMB 252 (3 credits)
- BMB 400 (2-3 credits)
- BMB 401 (3 credits)
- BMB 402 (3 credits)
- BMB 442 (3 credits)
- CHEM 110 (3 credits)
- CHEM 112 (3 credits)
- CHEM 210 (3 credits)
- CHEM 212 (3 credits)
Additional Courses (3 credits)
Students must select one of two genetics courses: BIOL 222 or BIOL 322.
In addition, students select 0-3 credits of BMB courses at the 400-level.
Note: BMB 408 and BMB 496 may not be used to fulfill requirements for the minor.