The biochemistry & molecular biology program at Dickinson is a rigorous course of study focusing on the junctions between the chemical and biological sciences. Students explore a wide array of topics, including gene regulation, protein structure and function, intermediary metabolism, genetics, developmental genomics, medical biochemistry and thermodynamics.
Jointly sponsored by the chemistry and biology departments, this major focuses on the rapidly expanding field of DNA research and biochemistry. Majors are directly involved in research projects, either on campus or at approved off-campus laboratories. Dickinson faculty members maintain active research programs in both fields, so students learn up-to-date techniques from active practitioners.
The program is interdisciplinary, requiring coursework in both the chemistry and biology departments. The goal of the program is to train students broadly in the biochemical sciences while providing practical laboratory-based research experiences , all to prepare students to succeed in graduate or professional schools.
Thomas Jefferson University, Vickie & Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience
Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan
MIT, Jacks Lab at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
Massachusetts General Hospital
Thomas Jefferson University Department of Neurology
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science’s Chicago Medical School
National Institutes of Health (NIH) IRTA (postbac)
NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (postbac)
University of Oregon
University of Glasgow
St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Where Our Students Have Interned
Johns Hopkins Medicine, Drug Discovery
Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP), Jamkhed, Maharashtra, India
Hastings Research Laboratory, Loyola University Maryland
Boston Children's Hospital
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care
National Institutes of Health's Endocrine Oncology Branch
UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle Hospital
Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation
Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research
"I love this major because it allows me to explore many different areas of science and how they all work together with one another, specifically biology and chemistry. I went into college knowing I wanted to major in biology. However, after taking the intro chemistry classes, my passion ignited for chemistry and how it works within biology, and I decided to declare biochemistry and molecular biology for my major."