Department of Biology
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Students in the biochemistry and molecular biology program at Agnes Scott have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills central to these scientific disciplines. Structure and functional relationships of biological molecules and systems, chemical and biological reactions and their significance in biological systems, and modern methods for acquiring, analyzing and retrieving data are the primary focuses for the biochemistry and molecular biology student.
What will I study?
A wide variety of courses across scientific disciplines are required for this major. Students will take courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. In addition, all students must participate in a supervised research experience. The research experience enables students to apply their knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology through hands-on application, gaining practical experience in the process of science.
Why should I study biochemistry and molecular biology at Agnes Scott?
- The City of Atlanta
Atlanta provides biochemistry and molecular biology majors tremendous resources for experiential learning opportunities, including internships and practicum experience at the following locations:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Emory University School of Medicine
- Georgia Institute of Technology/Emory Biomedical Engineering Program
- Campus Involvement
Many biochemistry and molecular biology majors are members of biology honor society Beta Beta Beta and the award-winning student-affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society, as well as members of more than 70 other student-run organizations and clubs on campus, providing plentiful opportunities to lead, shape and enjoy campus life. Majors have held many student leadership positions, including president of Student Government Association and president of Student Senate, among others.
- Faculty Research on Campus
Faculty in the biology and chemistry departments are actively engaged in research. Opportunities for student/faculty research collaborations are available both during the academic year and the summer.
What can I do with this degree?
Major Student Learning Objectives - Students graduating with a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major from Agnes Scott College will be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of scientific principles that apply to biochemistry and molecular biology;
- demonstrate the laboratory and computational skills necessary to conduct research in biochemistry and molecular biology;
- critically analyze the primary literature in the field and communicate scientific information clearly and persuasively;
- apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to the disciplines of and issues relating to biochemistry and molecular biology.
As a biochemistry and molecular biology major, you will gain a thorough grounding in biological and chemical principles and receive a well-rounded educational foundation for a variety of career goals. As a graduate, you can:
- Pursue advanced study in biochemistry, molecular biochemistry, pharmacology, medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine
- Work in technical and non-technical areas of biochemical, medical and pharmaceutical industries
- Engage in scientific writing or editing