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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Bachelor of Science

Program Overview

Understand and solve biological problems by using chemical knowledge and techniques in this laboratory based science.

Contribute to the technology revolution and provide new ideas and experiments to understand how health, disease, and life works on a cellular level.

Because of the wide breadth of scientific areas that biochemistry and molecular biology cover, advances within the field have been staggering. It's an exciting time to be a part of this fascinating area of study! Students considering a major in biochemistry and molecular biology should consult a biochemistry adviser as soon as possible, as the sequencing of courses and prerequisites requires careful planning.

Notebook of a biochemistry major student.

What You'll Learn

Through the academic program in biochemistry and molecular biology, students gain a thorough grounding in biological and chemical principles, especially as applied to this interdisciplinary field. You'll learn:

  • Structures and functions of relationships of biological molecules and systems
  • Chemical and biological reactions and their significance in biological systems
  • Modern methods for acquiring, analyzing and retrieving data

Program Highlights


The 110,000-square-foot Mary Brown Bullock Science Center, with 65,000 square feet of teaching and lab space, is home to the physics, biology, chemistry and psychology departments. The building features extensive, modern instrumentation, faculty-student research laboratories, independent student-project laboratories and long-term observation areas. Full-time and part-time professors teach all labs, and all students have the opportunity for hands-on research and experimentation.


Collaborative research is an integral part of this rapidly changing area and all biochemistry and molecular biology majors are required to have a research experience as part of their undergraduate requirements. This research experience may be a credit or noncredit program either on or off campus.

Resource Center for Math and Science

The Resource Center for Math and Science exists to support your success in your math and science courses at Agnes Scott, and also to help you navigate the path toward a career in a field related to math, science or technology, if that’s what you dream of.

Meet the Faculty

Doug Fantz

Douglas A. Fantz

Assoc. V.P. for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Assoc. Professor of Chemistry

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Timothy S. Finco

Professor of Biology

Working in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemistry and molecular biology cover a wide range of scientific disciplines, including genetics, microbiology, forensics, plant science and medicine.

This major provides background for a variety of career goals, including advanced study in biochemistry, molecular biochemistry, pharmacology, medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine; technical and nontechnical areas of biochemical, medical and pharmaceutical industries; and scientific writing or editing.

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Research Specialist
  • Educator
  • Biotechnologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Medicinal Chemist

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