Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology Major B.S.

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Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology Major B.S.

Program Overview

What is biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology?

The intertwined disciplines of biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology are key to understanding the molecular and cellular foundations of life. A BMCB degree prepares you for immediate employment as a research technician or for entry into graduate school or into professional programs in medicine, dentistry or other allied health professions. Areas of faculty specialization include cell signaling pathways, pharmacology, neurobiology, macromolecular interactions, protein structure/function and molecular genetics.

Why study biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology at UNH?

The BMCB degree program provides a rigorous academic curriculum integrated with laboratory experiences to foster inquiry-based learning and to train creative and critical thinkers. Students can gain additional technical skills and exposure to state-of-the-art instrumentation by participating in independent research experiences with highly respected faculty and their collaborators around the world. The BMCB major is designed so students can in four years complete all the prerequisite courses needed for admission to graduate schools or health professional schools. Graduates are well-prepared for employment in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, hospitals or academic labs. An accelerated five-year program to earn a combined bachelor and master's degree in biochemistry is also available for students who qualify.

Potential careers

  • College professor
  • Dentist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Lawyer
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Physician assistant
  • Research scientist
  • Science journalist or medical writer

Contact

Feixia Chu

Associate Professor
Office: Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences, Rudman Hall Rm 306, Durham, NH 03824

Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences
Rudman Hall
46 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
603-862-4095
mcbs.dept@unh.edu

  • Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat
    DéVaughn Chollette was a Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology major who graduated in 2016. He now works for Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccine division of the pharmaceutical company Sanofi. He lives in Swiftwater, Pennsylvania. Why would you, as a UNH graduate, recommend prospective students...
    Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat
    DéVaughn Chollette was a Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology major who graduated in 2016. He now works for Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccine division of the pharmaceutical company Sanofi. He lives in Swiftwater, Pennsylvania. Why would you, as a UNH graduate, recommend prospective students...

Curriculum & Requirements

The Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology (BMCB) major provides you with conceptual competence and practical laboratory and analytical skills to understand the molecular and cellular foundations of life. Your BMCB degree will prepare you for immediate employment as a research technician or for entry into graduate school or into professional programs in medicine, dentistry or other allied health professions.

The BMCB program offers advanced coursework and laboratories in diverse topics

  • Cancer biology
  • Cell & developmental biology
  • Cell culture & tissue engineering
  • Endocrinology
  • Molecular biology techniques
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical biochemistry
  • Protein structure, function & proteomics

BMCB majors participate in experiential learning activities

  • Many courses have integrated laboratory experiences to foster inquiry-based learning and to train creative and critical thinkers
  • Independent research experiences in faculty research laboratories provide exposure to cutting-edge techniques and instrumentation
  • Job preparation can be enhanced by internships with regional biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies
  • Summer undergraduate research fellowships at U.S. or international academic institutions combine travel with research opportunities outside UNH

BMCB graduates have been successful in many careers

  • Research technicians and laboratory technicians
    • Biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies
    • Government agencies
    • Forensics laboratories
    • Academic research laboratories
    • Hospitals
  • Science journalists and technical writers
  • Healthcare
  • Scientific supply companies
  • Sales and marketing
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Primary and secondary school educators (with additional coursework in education)

BMCB graduates are well prepared for post-baccalaureate education in

  • M.S. and doctoral programs in a large variety of disciplines
  • Professional health programs
    • Medical
    • Dental
    • Pharmacy
    • Physician’s Assistant and other allied health programs

Note: The BMCB major is designed so you can complete in four years all of the prerequisite courses needed to seek admission to graduate schools or health professional schools.

SAMPLE Course Sequence for Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cellular Biology

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
BMCB 401 Professional Perspectives in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology 1
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits17
Spring
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology 4
MATH 424B Calculus for Life Sciences 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 547
& CHEM 549
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
BMS 503
& BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
BIOL 528 Applied Biostatistics I 4
PHYS 401 Introduction to Physics I 4
 Credits18
Spring
CHEM 548
& CHEM 550
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
GEN 604 Principles of Genetics 4
PHYS 402 Introduction to Physics II 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits17
Third Year
Fall
BMCB 751 Principles of Biochemistry 4
BMCB Core or Lab Techniques course 4-5
Discovery Course 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits16-17
Spring
BMCB 605 Eukaryotic Cell and Developmental Biology 4
BMCB 752 Principles of Biochemistry 4
BMCB Core or Lab Techniques course 4-5
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16-17
Fourth Year
Fall
Major Elective (possible Capstone) 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective (any course) 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits16
Spring
Elective (any course) 4-5
Major Elective 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits12-13
 Total Credits128-131

Students in the Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology (BMCB) major take eight Foundation courses, four Bioscience Core courses, five BMCB Core courses, and three Major Elective courses. One capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major, is required of all seniors. In addition, all other University academic requirements must be completed, including those for the Discovery Program and the University Writing Requirement.

A grade of C-minus or better is required in Statistics and all Bioscience Core, BMCB Core, and Major Elective courses.

Foundation Core Courses

CHEM 403General Chemistry I 14
CHEM 404General Chemistry II4
CHEM 547
& CHEM 549
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
CHEM 548
& CHEM 550
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
MATH 424BCalculus for Life Sciences 2, 34
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I 34
PHYS 401Introduction to Physics I 44
PHYS 402Introduction to Physics II 44

Bioscience Core Courses

BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 54
BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
BMS 503
& BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4

BMCB Core Courses

BMCB 401Professional Perspectives in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology1
BMCB 605Eukaryotic Cell and Developmental Biology4
BMCB 751Principles of Biochemistry4
BMCB 752Principles of Biochemistry4
GEN 704Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes4-5
or GEN 771 Molecular Genetics

BMCB Major Electives

A total of three unique major electives is required: one Laboratory Techniques course and two Major Elective courses.

 Laboratory Techniques Courses (Pick one)

BMCB 753Cell Culture5
BMCB 754Molecular Biology Research Methods5
BMCB 755Laboratory in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology5

Bioscience Major Electives (Pick two)

BMCB 750Physical Biochemistry3
BMCB 753Cell Culture 65
BMCB 754Molecular Biology Research Methods 65
BMCB 755Laboratory in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 65
BMCB 760Pharmacology4
BMCB 763Biochemistry of Cancer4
BMCB 783Proteomics for Biological Discoveries4
BMCB 794Protein Structure and Function4
ANSC 701Physiology of Reproduction4
ANSC 715Physiology of Lactation4
BMS 702Endocrinology4
BMS 704Pathologic Basis of Disease4
BMS 705
& BMS 715
Immunology
and Immunology Laboratory
5
BMS 706
& BMS 708
Virology
and Virology Laboratory
5
BMS 718Mammalian Physiology4
CHEM 755Advanced Organic Chemistry3
GEN 704Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes 65
GEN 706Human Genetics4
GEN 711Genomics and Bioinformatics4
GEN 713Microbial Ecology and Evolution4
GEN 715Molecular Evolution4
GEN 717Molecular Microbiology5
GEN 771Molecular Genetics 64
NUTR 750Nutritional Biochemistry4
PSYC 731Brain and Behavior4
ZOOL 777Neuroethology3

Approved BMCB Capstone Courses

The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning. The capstone requirement may be satisfied through a course, created work or product, or some form of experiential learning (e.g., honors thesis, mentored research project, or other special student activity).

BMCB 750Physical Biochemistry3
BMCB 760Pharmacology4
BMCB 763Biochemistry of Cancer4
BMCB 783Proteomics for Biological Discoveries4
BMCB 794Protein Structure and Function4
BMCB 795Investigations in Molecular and Cellular Biology (4-credit minimum)1-4
BMCB 795WInvestigations in Molecular and Cellular Biology (4-credit minimum)1-4
BMCB 799Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
BMS 799HSenior Honors Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
INCO 790Advanced Research Experience (4-credit minimum)1-4

 For a Capstone experience not listed above, such as an internship, submit a Capstone Approval form prior to beginning the experience.

Explore Program Details

As part of the University of New Hampshire’s Discovery Program requirements, all students must complete a Capstone experience. 

Capstone Experiences 

This accelerated five-year program leading to a combined bachelor and master's degree in biochemistry is designed for highly motivated and qualified students seeking additional training to further their career goals as a researcher in the life sciences.

Admission to the combined degree program is highly competitive. Students wishing to pursue this option must have a grade point average greater than 3.2 at the time of application. A thesis advisor must be identified during the junior year, and the approval of the advisor must be obtained. Prior to the first semester of the senior year, the student must formally apply to the department through the Graduate School and receive early admission. The requirement for the Graduate Record Examinations is waived for combined degree applicants.

Thirty credits of graduate level (800-999) course work (including dual credit courses) must be completed. Six to eight credits must be taken during the senior year, and are applied to both the B.S. and M.S. requirements. All other requirements for the M.S. degree must be followed.

Limited financial support for the M.S. component of this combined degree program may be available through University Financial Aid or from the student's project advisor.

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