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Challenging positions for well-trained Biochemists and Molecular Biologists are available in colleges and universities, state and federal laboratories, research institutes, medical centers and in an increasing number of industrial organizations

What is Biochemistry and Molecular Biology?

Biochemistry is the central scientific discipline linking the chemical, physical, and biological sciences. By applying concepts and methods of chemistry and physics to the fundamental problems of biology, biochemists have made great progress in their effort to understand the biochemical mechanisms of living organisms. Knowledge of the biochemical mechanisms of life can be used to improve the quality of life and health care for all peoples of the world by producing better drugs, increasing agricultural yield and providing a cleaner environment.

Major discoveries concerning the biochemistry of genetic material provide the tools of molecular biology that are essential to contemporary life sciences research. Since a biochemist’s tools are the physical sciences, he or she must receive sound education in mathematics, physics and chemistry. The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provides a curriculum with a broad background in chemistry and biological science and permits flexibility in meeting particular interests of the student.

Career Opportunities

Challenging positions for well-trained Biochemists and Molecular Biologists are available in colleges and universities, state and federal laboratories, research institutes, medical centers and in an increasing number of industrial organizations, particularly the pharmaceutical and food industries. Biochemists are involved with research on the chemistry of processes occurring in plants, animals and various microorganisms, and with the discovery and development of antibiotics, vitamins, hormones, enzymes, insecticides and molecular genetic techniques. Careers for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduates include:

Biomedical Research Biotechnology Business Chemical Industry
Clinical Chemistry Environmental Research Food Industry Forensics
Medicine Research Institutes Nutrition Science Education
Veterinary Medicine Pharmaceutical Industry

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