The BASICS: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB)
- Department: Biochemistry and Biophysics
- Degrees offered: Bachelor of Science, Honors Bachelor of Science
- Online option: N/A
- BMB minor: Yes — learn more about the biophysics and molecular biology minor
- BMB graduate program: N/A. Learn more about the biochemistry and biophysics graduate program (This program also participates in OSU's Accelerated Master's Platform)
What is biochemistry and molecular biology?
Biochemistry and molecular biology are closely related fields of study that explore the fundamental processes that underlie life at the molecular level. Biochemistry focuses on understanding the chemical processes and substances that occur within living organisms. Molecular biology is the study of biological processes at the molecular level, with a particular emphasis on the structure and function of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) and the proteins that interact with them. Together, biochemistry and molecular biology form the foundation for comprehending the intricate machinery of life, from the molecular interactions that occur within a single cell to the broader understanding of genetics and the genetic basis of health and disease.
Why get a biochemistry and molecular biology degree?
As an OSU biochemistry and molecular biology major, you'll be a part of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, which ranks high nationally and internationally in several areas of research, such as protein engineering, structural biology and genetic code expansion technology. You will benefit from in an innovative, multidisciplinary curriculum with thorough training in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, molecular genetics, physics and statistics.
- study molecular and cellular processes connected with aging, disease and oncogenesis
- learn how the concepts of molecular biology inform research approaches
- acquire training in fundamental and state-of-the-art molecular biological experimental strategies, bioinformatics and computer-based analysis of protein structures.
- have the opportunity to work alongside a faculty mentor on cutting-edge laboratory research projects.
Thanks to rich research experiences, OSU biochemistry and molecular biology majors are well prepared for medical and dental schools, graduate schools, pharmacy schools and are extremely well-qualified for jobs in biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors.
What do biochemists and molecular biologists do?
Look no further than the work done by our Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics researchers. Our researchers pursue fundamental knowledge and critical solutions to advance medical science, cell biology, genomics, biotechnology, drug development, toxicology and other fields.