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Cell & Molecular Biology, B.S.

Bachelor of Science: Biochemistry Track

The B.S in CMB provides students with a solid foundation in cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, and molecular genetics. Further, experiential learning is an integral part of this degree program. This training will enable students to make meaningful contributions to global medical and environmental issues including the study of the molecular basis of cancer and infectious disease, heart disease, the development of next generation biofuels, and the genetic engineering of crops for increased productivity and improved disease resistance.

This option or track is specifically designed for students who are interested in working in the biotechnology industry. The track was designed in consultation with workers from the biotechnology industry in New England.  Microbiology is the study of genetic engineering, cancer research, cellular mechanisms of infection, basic research in cell and molecular biology, and microbial ecology. Graduates work in hospital laboratories, the federal government (EPA, FDA, USDA) and industry.  It is also an excellent basic foundation for graduate and professional schools, like dental, medical, veterinary and podiatry.

Bachelor of Science: Microbiology Track

Microbiology includes the study of genetic engineering, cancer research, cellular mechanisms of infection, research in cell and molecular biology, and microbial ecology. Students apply technical approaches such as gene cloning, electron microscopy, and computer technology, to bacteria, viruses, algae, protozoa, fungi, and animal and plant cells. Graduates work in: hospital laboratories, the federal government (EPA, FDA, USDA) and industry. It is also an excellent foundation for graduate and professional schools, like dental, medical, veterinary and podiatry.

Bachelor of Science: General Track

This major is the study of cells and the biological macromolecules—including DNA, RNA, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates—that define the structure and function of cells. The cell and molecular biology major provides excellent preparation for careers in medicine (the major automatically satisfies the pre-health course requirements), biomedical and life science research, and biotechnology. A student may get a B.S. degree in Cell and Molecular Biology (general track), or get a B.S. degree in Cell and Molecular Biology specializing in a track of biochemistry, biotechnology, or microbiology.

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