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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Can’t decide between Chemistry and Biology? Consider majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

BMB is an interdisciplinary major that combines two related areas, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Biochemistry is the application of chemical understanding to biologically important molecules and Molecular Biology is the molecular understanding of biological processes. Together, these form the interface of the classical disciplines of chemistry and biology and use the laboratory techniques of each. The BMB major will prepare students for careers in industry or research, or for further study in graduate, health professions or medical school.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology News

  • Shubhik DebBurman
    Shubhik DebBurman was named a 2019 Researcher To Know by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition. The list includes 21 researchers from Illinois colleges and universities who have made a significant impact in their field.
  • Students get hands-on experience presenting their own research during the Richter program.

    A group of 45 first-year students participated this summer in the 2019 Richter Scholar program conducting collaborative research with faculty from diverse disciplines, including art, biology, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, religion, communication, and finance.

    Twenty students had career-building summers conducting medical research in the Lake Forest College-Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Summer Fellows program.


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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2466-brett-palmero-20"><img src="/live/image/gid/191/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1212,1493/38062_p1030723_2.rev.1498856291.jpg" alt="Brett Palmero ’20" title="Brett Palmero ’20" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/191/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1212,1493/38062_p1030723_2.rev.1498856291.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/191/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1212,1493/38062_p1030723_2.rev.1498856291.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1212" data-max-h="1493"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m already in the lab doing all of this work and I am learning so much about what careers I can pursue and what those pathways entail.”</span></p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2466-brett-palmero-20">Brett Palmero ’20 is so passionate about the sciences that he’s considering the new major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2465-anna-sandler-20"><img src="/live/image/gid/191/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1763/38060_p1030728.rev.1498855742.jpg" alt="Anna Sandler ’20" title="Anna Sandler ’20" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/191/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1763/38060_p1030728.rev.1498855742.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/191/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1763/38060_p1030728.rev.1498855742.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1763"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m working in the lab which is providing lots of experience and it’s also making me stand out because I think doing research and understanding it is so integral to being able to explain it.”</span></p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2465-anna-sandler-20">Anna Sandler ’20 is interested in the new Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major</a>