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, as well as a capstone research experience. 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
"At Dickinson, I have had the valuable opportunity to be involved in original research with professors. I have been able to take classes outside of the sciences, giving me a well-rounded education that will be useful in life after graduation. Through my Dickinson experiences studying abroad and as a student-athlete, I have also developed a broader mindset, and better time-management, organization and collaboration skills. I have formed amazing relationships with both faculty and students during my time here, and I know that these relationships will also carry into the future."
—Erin Harten ’19, now in grad school at Duke University studying biomedical engineering