Explore areas which are at the interface of biology and chemistry in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology bachelor's degree program at Wells College. At Wells, you'll have opportunities to conduct and present your own research, and pursue hands-on learning experiences based on your interests and career goals. You'll also get to work closely with top science professors who will challenge you to expand your horizons and support you as you apply what you have learned to new situations. The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major leads to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree and is also offered as a minor.
As a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major, you’ll specialize in courses in genetics, ecology, or anatomy and physiology, as well as molecular and cellular biology and ecological and behavioral biology. This strong foundation in biology is complemented by related courses in mathematics and chemistry.
Research is a major part of our undergraduate program. Students travel each year to present their work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research or the Rochester Academy of Sciences. Some even remain on campus over the summer to engage in research with their professors. We offer paid research opportunities, internships, and other experiences you can pursue in the New York region, across the United States, and around the world, as well as opportunities through the Wells College Center for Sustainability and the Environment.
Our partnership with the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom Project: the U.S.S. Haendel "Floating Classroom" docks at the Wells boathouse so that students in biology, ecology, environmental science, and other classes can spend time on the water doing hands-on marine biology work. In addition, the weekly Science Colloquium Series brings renowned guest speakers to our Aurora, New York, campus to present their cutting-edge work in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and other sciences.
Your laboratory experiences, designed to be based on real-world practices and challenges, will be guided by your interests and career objectives. You’ll also get to choose and plan your Senior Capstone Project, with the guidance of professors who will help you to design a project that will complement your career goals.
The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program has a strong laboratory and research focus designed to prepare you for real-world challenges. When you earn your bachelor’s degree, you’ll enter the job market with valuable experiences working with other scientists and presenting your work to different audiences. Read on to learn more about internship and study abroad opportunities you’ll find when you major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Wells College.
Follow your interests wherever they lead. These are just a few of the places where Wells Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and other science majors recently held internships:
We also offer a variety of options to take your Biochemistry and Molecular Biology studies overseas. Learn more about study abroad programs at Wells.
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Biochemists and molecular biologists work on the cutting-edge of science, in diverse career areas such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, agricultural research, and chemical industries. Our undergraduate science program graduates have gone on to find jobs as laboratory technicians, dietitians, pharmacists, veterinarians, marine biologists, research associates, and genetics counselors, just to name a few. Others have gone on to graduate programs at top schools such as Cornell University, Harvard Medical School, Georgetown University, the University of Tennessee, Stony Brook University, and SUNY Binghamton and Buffalo.
Over the summer of 2016, Professor of Chemistry Chris Bailey worked with two Wells College students on a Bioinorganic research project, funded by Wells College. His research interests are in the field of bioinorganic chemistry, which is the study of how transition metal ions are used in biological systems.
Kristy Blake-Hodek, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Deborah Gagnon, Professor of Psychology, presented "Rural Health Immersion @ Wells College" at the Biannual Meeting of the National Association of Academic Advisors in the Health Professions. The presentation discussed an annual program allowing Wells students to shadow and interview medical professionals in a rural setting.
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