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.
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.
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.
- Biology Club
- American Chemical Society - Student Affiliate
- Women and Gender Minorities in STEM
- Molecular Movement
- Pre-Professional Health Club
- Reef Team
- Tri Beta Society
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?
- Laboratory technologist, Medical College of Wisconsin, Wisconsin
- Assistant scientist, PDD, Inc., Wisconsin
- Health care assistant, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minnesota
- Scientist, Boston Scientific, Minnesota
- Nephrologist/transplant physician, Mayo Clinic Health System, Wisconsin
- Ph.D. student, Ohio State University, Ohio
- Ph.D. student, Northwestern University, Illinois
Biochemistry and molecular biology careers
- Microbiology lab technician
- Associate researcher
- Cellular biologist
- Medical technologist
- Forensic scientist
- Clinical laboratory technologist
- Junior scientist
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.
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:
- Biophysical chemistry
- Chemical principles
- Molecular and cell biology
- Organic chemistry
- Quantitative analysis
Learn more about the comprehensive biochemistry and molecular biology major in the UWEC course catalog.
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