Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.S.
While biologists often focus on large structures within organisms and chemists focus on molecules and reactions, biochemists and molecular biologists focus on the chemical reactions and structures that make organisms “tick” at the molecular level.
A major in biochemistry and molecular biology is rigorous and comprehensive because it combines the academic preparation of both the biology and chemistry major.
Why Study Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at CBU?
Take specially designed classes
At CBU, professors are dedicated to their students, and every major class and lab is taught by a full-time faculty member. In both classes and research, students can use our state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. All courses in this major are purposefully chosen so students can experience the interface of the biological and chemical sciences. We designed two courses specifically for the BMB major—"Proteomics, Genomics and Bioinformatics” and “Lab Techniques in Molecular Biology.” Most universities do not offer these specialized courses for undergraduate majors.
Prepare for a career in the field
A major in biochemistry and molecular biology is excellent preparation for medical school or for work as a research scientist in hospitals or industrial labs. Some graduates also work for biotechnology firms, developing the pharmaceuticals and healthcare products of tomorrow. Professors encourage students to try out their desired vocation beforehand as many students discover through internships and research that they are actually better suited for a field different than they first thought.
What You'll Learn
- Students will be able to evaluate matters of worldview, intellectual virtues (i.e.
critical thinking) and assessing disciplinary content consistent with biblical teachings.
- Students will be able to use the peer reviewed scientific literature effectively and
evaluate technical articles critically.
- Students will demonstrate proficiency in accurately conveying scientific data both
orally and in writing.
- Upon completion of each year of chemistry coursework (general, organic, analytical
and physical), students will attain knowledge comparable to national standards in
these areas of chemistry.
- Students will be able to apply appropriate technology (including molecular modeling)
and mathematical tools to their study of chemistry.
- Students will be able to apply instrumental and other laboratory techniques to laboratory
- Students will apply their knowledge of biology and chemistry through an in-depth research
project related to biochemistry and molecular biology.
- Students will understand the concepts of safe laboratory practices and how to apply
- Students should be able to work in a group to solve scientific problems, be effective
leaders as well as effective team members, and interact productively with a diverse
group of peers.
- Students will conduct themselves responsibly and be aware of the role of chemistry in contemporary societal and global issues.
BIO 313: Genetics
The principles of genetics including Mendelian, nature of genetic materials, chromosome mechanics, genetic recombination, and gene action.
BIO 430: Lab Techniques in Molecular Biology
This laboratory-based course is designed for each student to gain a fundamental knowledge of molecular biology techniques that are regularly used in a research lab setting.
BIO 435: Proteomics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics
This course introduces students to concepts in molecular and genetic basis of cellular processes and the inferences made of these processes through genome and protein database analyses and modeling.
Professor of Chemistry
Associate Dean, Division of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Office Phone: 951-343-4399
Office Location: James Building, 454
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Department Chair, Chemical Sciences
Office Phone: 951-552-8819
Office Location: James Building, 464
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Office Phone: 951-552-8368
Office Location: James 477
When I was at CBU I was given much opportunity to interact with the professors (unlike big schools). They gave me opportunities so that I can better myself as a scientist. I am currently doing my doctorate degree in biochemistry, which I say was mostly due to courses that I took while at CBU.
Ngango Yvon Rugema '14
My professors have been instrumental to my success as a student. Not only have they prepared me academically, but they have also shared invaluable insight and taken me under their wing in mentorship. I aspire to continue on to graduate school, earning my Ph.D in chemistry or biochemistry. This will launch me into the world of research, where I hope to continue to grow in learning just how to inquire about the world we live in and work in uncovering some of its curiosities.
Julia Brushett '19
I want to go into the healthcare field, and the biochemistry and molecular biology major provides a good baseline for the sciences. I respect my professors greatly and value their input into my academic career. I have definitely grown spiritually as a biochemistry major. Seeing life on the molecular level and understanding how microscopic actions affect macroscopic world inspires great awe for God as the Creator (and Master Scientist!).
Savannah Perez '18
Graduates of CBU's biochemistry and molecular biology bachelor's program will be well prepared for various careers and/or graduate school. Some careers listed below may require further education.
- Environmental Specialist
- Forensic Specialist