The goals of the MBB undergraduate major is to prepare students for graduate studies in biomedical research; entry into professional schools in medicine or other health professions; or employment in industries (e.g., biotechnology, pharmaceuticals) in which scientific skills and reasoning are in demand. The same learning goals are also used for non-major students taking MBB courses.
- Students should demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge that is needed to begin biomedical research and that is required for post-graduate exams and studies.
- Students should demonstrate the ability to find and evaluate information about specific biological systems or problems.
- Students should demonstrate the ability to design experiments and critically analyze data.
- Students demonstrate the ability to communicate their research and findings orally through seminar and poster presentations and through written research papers.
Requirements to Become an MBB Major
The Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (694) major is open to students beyond their first year who have received grades of C or better in courses taken toward the major or by special permission of the undergraduate director. Students should have completed or recieved Advanced Placement (AP) credit for General Biology (119:101/102), General Chemistry (160:161/162 or 163/164), Calculus (640:135 or 151) and at least one semester of Organic Chemistry (160:307 or 315). A grade of C or better in courses credited toward the major is required for graduation.
Procedure to Register for the MBB Major
MBB majors should sign up for the "694" major instead of 115. Biochemistry (115) majors follow the Biochemistry curriculum of the Department of the Biochemistry and Microbiology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.