Programs of Study & Requirements
The programs offered by the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry are planned for students interested in the molecular and chemical basis of biological processes and are well suited to students hoping to attend medical school or pursue graduate studies in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, or biophysics. The B.S. major, designed for those with a strong commitment to research, provides an intensive introduction to laboratory techniques in biochemistry and biophysics. Students in this program usually carry out research projects in faculty laboratories during their junior and senior years. The B.A. major provides the intellectual discipline of biochemistry and biophysics for students who also wish to have sufficient time to pursue in-depth studies outside the major or who are interested in molecular biology as a liberal education; they, too, may engage in research during their junior and senior years.
Partnership between BBS & MBB"BBS acts as an umbrella program to bring together a number of biological fields, and it allows students to frequently interact with those in other programs, both academically and socially. I am in CBB, but have taken a number of classes through the MB&B department and have joined an MB&B lab. The friendly relationship between programs is great; if I get stuck on a problem that's not in my immediate field, I know who to ask for help. In addition, events like happy hour on science hill also contribute to a relaxed environment among friends and colleagues."
—Kevin Keating, Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Track (with Kaury Eisenman, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry Track)