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Explore the biochemistry and molecular biology bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Find a cure for a deadly disease, develop life-saving vaccines or genetically engineer new strains of crops with a biochemistry and molecular biology degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

An excellent path for those interested in both chemistry and biology, the biochemistry and molecular biology program focuses on the study of life processes at the molecular level. You'll study how molecules control heredity, development, aging and mental activity, as well as how abnormalities in these molecules can lead to diseases like cancer.

Collaborative research opportunities, real-world projects and training on leading-edge technology will allow you to be at the forefront of innovation. Many of our biochemistry and molecular biology graduates go on to pursue research in government laboratories, clinics and the biotechnology industry, finding ways to save lives and change the world for the better.

Student research project influences career path

Thanks to a collaboration between Mayo Clinic and UW-Eau Claire, biochemistry and molecular biology student Shanzay Suhail is working to find a solution that will help multiperson health care teams better communicate important information to cancer patients and their loved ones.

And the project has been rewarding in more ways than one. In addition to making a positive impact in the healthcare field, the project has also added context to her coursework and has inspired her career path.

“I saw real-life applications of things we’ve talked about on campus,” she said. “It’s convinced me that I would like to continue to do some type of research in the future.”

Why biochemistry and molecular biology at UW-Eau Claire?

Diverse and laboratory-intensive curriculum. The program's comprehensive and interdisciplinary curriculum gives you real experience in both chemistry and the biological sciences. You'll spend a great deal of time in the lab applying what you learn in the classroom.

Innovative facilities and leading-edge technology. UW-Eau Claire's laboratories are well-equipped with up-to-date instruments, including a DNA synthesizer and sequencer, a liquid chromatography/mass spectrometer, confocal microscopy, superconducting nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, real-time PCR analyzer and transmission and scanning electron microscopes.

Exceptional collections. Explore hundreds of thousands of specimens right on campus. UW-Eau Claire is home to extensive collections of amphibians, reptiles, fish, insects, invertebrates, mammals and birds as well as saltwater aquaria and a herbarium.

Expert faculty who know what employers are looking for. Our knowledgeable and supportive faculty prepare graduates to be successful scientists. In addition to technical skills and modern techniques, you'll also enhance your skills in communication, problem-solving, experimental design, data analysis and creative thinking.

Collaborative research and internship opportunities. Through our student-faculty collaborative research program, you will have opportunities to participate in fascinating research projects (some of which are paid experiences or can be done for credit) and work one-on-one with a professor in their field. These research experiences make UW-Eau Claire students competitive applicants for internships at Mayo Clinic and other prestigious facilities and often lead to full-time jobs after graduation.

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Driven to succeed

Carolyn Shult, biochemistry and molecular biology major and student-athlete, is well on her way to achieving her goal of attending medical school, thanks to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Mayo Clinic Health System collaboration that is giving her real-world experiences in the health sciences. Working directly with researchers at Mayo Clinic Health System, Carolyn is helping medical experts better understand the effects of alcohol on aging populations. 

“Having the chance to share our research and findings with Mayo researchers is an amazing opportunity — it significantly informs our work on this project," she said. "And being part of a Mayo research team definitely adds credibility to my research work on applications. Learning about research methodology in a classroom can’t compare to actually doing it. It has opened my eyes to careers in science that I didn’t even know existed."

Quick facts

Biochemistry and molecular biology program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major does not require a minor.
  • Students majoring in this program may choose either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
Student organizations
  • Biology Club
  • American Chemical Society - Student Affiliate
  • Women and Gender Minorities in STEM
  • Conservationists
  • Molecular Movement
  • Pre-Professional Health Club
  • Reef Team
  • Tri Beta Society

What can I do with a biochemistry and molecular biology degree from UWEC?

UW-Eau Claire will prepare you well for a career in the high-tech and groundbreaking field of biochemistry and molecular biology. Graduates find themselves ready for many different career paths and opportunities. 

Where are biochemistry and molecular biology alumni now?

Biochemistry and molecular biology careers

I was drawn to the biochemistry and molecular biology major because it taught me the fundamentals of biology at the molecular and chemical levels. I also knew that this major would provide me with many job and graduate school opportunities. The ability to conduct research, problem-solve and think critically are some of the most meaningful takeaways. These skills are valuable and translatable to many types of jobs, not just those that are research-focused.

Lauren Adams Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biology students in canoe collecting moss samples.

Wisconsin deep-water moss study led by biology students is first of its kind

With what has become a signature spirit of discovery and exploration, a team of biology students are venturing deep into uncharted waters seeking answers about Wisconsin lake life. The research team intends to publish the first extensive study about Wisconsin deep-water mosses, including why it can thrive in water that only gets about 1% of light and how it is able to live at depths where little else can. 

"Sometimes the most important parts of our ecosystem are hidden from us," biochemistry and molecular biology major Roseanne Nooren said. "This research will hopefully help to discover how important deep-water moss is to the environment and healthy ecosystems of our lakes."

Biochemistry and molecular biology bachelor’s degree program curriculum

Through transformative learning experiences, state-of-the-art facilities and innovative approaches to problem-solving, you'll quickly become well-versed in cell structure and function, DNA, RNA, chemical processes and more. Courses in liberal arts will further provide you with a well-rounded, diverse education.

What classes do biochemistry and molecular biology majors take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

Learn more about the comprehensive biochemistry and molecular biology major in the UWEC course catalog.

Blugolds Sebastian Torres (left) and Nathan Hau at Mayo Clinic Health System

Industry-changing research

When Sebastian Torres and Nathan Hau came to UW-Eau Claire, they both knew they would find plenty of outside-the-classroom opportunities to help prepare them for their future careers in the research and/or health care fields. 

Still, neither dreamed they’d be part of a physician-led summer research project that would take them into Mayo Clinic Health System operating rooms as part of the Mayo Clinic Undergraduate Research Employment Program (UREP). UREP is a summer program that pairs physicians with high-achieving undergraduate student researchers, including those at UWEC. 

“Never in a million years did I think that I’d be in a situation where I was in an operating room as an undergraduate student,” said Nathan.  

Even more surreal is knowing their work may help shape hospital protocols in ways that will reduce medical costs by documenting the efficiencies and cost savings that come from standardizing the instrument trays used during some common surgeries.

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Department information

Multiple departments support this program. Learn more about them!

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Biology

Phillips Science Hall 330
101 Roosevelt Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Visit the Biology department website
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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Phillips Science Hall 430
101 Roosevelt Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Visit the Chemistry and Biochemistry department website

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