Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Chair or Program Director: 

Mary O. Huff, Ph.D., Program Director
Pasteur Hall P155, Phone 502.272.8495, mhuff@bellarmine.edu

The mission of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) program is to provide a rigorous education at the exciting interface between chemistry and biology, offering an interdisciplinary focus on the molecular processes of life. In recent years, this interface has become increasingly important in the areas of medicine, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. Through intense coursework, laboratory experiences and independent research projects, a BMB degree will prepare students for an array of post-graduate opportunities including graduate programs in biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology and molecular genetics. This program also provides a strong knowledge base for careers in the health professions, research in biomedicine and biotechnology or employment in areas such as the pharmaceutical industry. While our goal is to achieve a high standard of scientific training, our program is balanced with a liberal arts education to develop the intellectual, moral, ethical and professional competencies for successful living, work, leadership and service to others as stated by the mission of Bellarmine University.

Learning Outcomes

Bellarmine students earning a B.S. degree in BMB will demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of the underlying principles of biochemistry and molecular biology.
  2. Familiarity with the process of science through laboratory experiences.  Laboratory exercises will highlight the tools that are available for multidisciplinary investigations.
  3. Critical thinking, scientific communication, and technical skills gained through independent research experiences.

The curriculum includes a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, and calculus, core courses in biochemistry, molecular biology, and physical biochemistry, and advanced electives. Laboratory work is stressed throughout, since biochemistry and molecular biology are experimental sciences that require a broad range of practical skills. All students participate in an independent research project under the supervision of a mentor during their junior and senior years to provide them with the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge and stimulate creativity in the laboratory.

Prospective medical school students: see Pre-Professional Programs.

Degree Requirements

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