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Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is at the forefront of some of today's most advanced scientific pursuits. Many of the world's most vexing problems -- disease, famine, environmental degradation -- are targets of modern biochemical research. By earning a bachelor's in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, students can join the effort to address these issues and help the world better understand life's most fundamental components.

What Do Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Majors Study?

Biochemists study how chemical processes affect cells -- the building blocks of all life on earth. Accordingly, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology students need a strong understanding of both biology and chemistry.

At the University of Nevada, Reno, an undergraduate education in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology may include biology- and chemistry-based courses such as:

  • Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Principles of Genetics
  • Metabolic Regulation
  • Organic Chemistry for Scientists and Engineers
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Biochemical Analysis

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology students at the University will also encounter requirements in related scientific and mathematical fields such as physics, calculus and statistical methods. These requirements all exist alongside the University's Core Curriculum, which provides students a well-rounded education across a variety of subjects.

All University of Nevada, Reno Biochemistry and Molecular Biology undergraduates must also complete a senior thesis, a project that comprises independent laboratory research and a written report on the findings.

What Can You Do With a Bachelor's in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology?

Because of the subject's foundational nature -- the study of cells can impact virtually any type of life on earth -- an education in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology can lead to a wide range of scientific careers. Biochemists may apply their knowledge to the fight against diseases, the effort to feed the world's growing population, or the need to educate the next generation of scientists.

Specifically, an undergraduate education in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology can serve as the first step toward job titles such as:

  • Physician
  • Biotechnician
  • Policy Adviser
  • Dentist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Toxicologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Science Educator

Additionally, graduates may also choose to pursue a master's degree in Biochemistry or even a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, or use their knowledge to start their own business in the field.

For those considering becoming a doctor, whether through the University of Nevada School of Medicine or elsewhere, a bachelor's in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology can serve as an excellent primer. Biochemistry is a challenging subject, but those who master it are likely to find themselves ready to approach countless other scientific endeavors.

Why Get a Bachelor's in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Here?

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno strive to foster a student-oriented culture in which professors focus on helping students achieve their educational and professional goals, says Claus Tittiger, Ph.D., department chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

"We really do care about our students," says Tittiger. "Our program is rigorous and will teach you more than the science. You will also learn to think critically and plan. Our students frequently help conduct real-world research that helps advance the state of our industry and gains them invaluable experience. We love to see our graduates enter the professional world with useful and substantial credentials."

What's Next?

If you're ready to begin at the University of Nevada, Reno, you can apply now for admission. You can also learn more about the University of Nevada, Reno's Biochemistry and Molecular Biology programs by completing the form on this page.

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