Emphasizing independent research and one-on-one collaboration with faculty members, Gettysburg's interdisciplinary biochemistry-molecular biology(BMB) major requires study in the biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics departments, consistent with recommendations of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Students gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art biochemical analysis and recombinant DNA technology as they examine the structures and chemical reactions within living cells. A capstone research project frequently results in professional publications co-authored by students and professors or presentations at scientific meetings.
Students receive excellent preparation for graduate study, medical school, or careers in a broad range of fields.
Students majoring in BMB will demonstrate:
Students may earn a B.S. degree in biochemistry and molecular biology by completing the following requirements:
In addition, students must complete any two of the following courses (at least one must be at the 300 level and at least one must contain a laboratory component):
*Biology 320, Biology 351, Biology/Chemistry 334, Biology 460, Biology 461, Chemistry 460, and Chemistry 465 have components that fulfill the capstone experience for the biochemistry and molecular biology major.
In addition, first-year students interested in developing research skills in molecular biology may take either Bio 114 Phage Genomics (as part of a year-long sequence beginning with Bio 113) or Bio 115 Molecular Responses to DNA Damage. These courses provide first-year students an opportunity to engage in original research leading to public presentation and possible publication. Bio 114 and Bio 115 count toward the college graduation requirement but do not count toward the BMB major.
The program is directed by a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Committee (BMBC), consisting of biology and chemistry faculty members.
Individualized Study projects (Biology 460, Biology 461, Chemistry 460, or Chemistry 465) may be directed by any BMBC member. Otherwise, the project requires the approval of the BMBC.