Bachelor of Science

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Program of Study

This program encompasses core coursework in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. From gene cloning and DNA sequencing to biochemical kinetics and spectroscopy, you will participate in related labs and approved electives to fulfill the degree requirements.

Additionally, you can apply for the honors program which allows you to complete an independent study project and an oral presentation. With an honors degree you will demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the field, positioning yourself as an expert as you pursue your career goals.

Required Courses

Required Biology Courses (25 credits)

  • General Biology: Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
  • General Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Physiology
  • Introduction to Biological Investigations I and II
  • Introductory Genetics
  • Biological Chemistry I and II
  • Biochemistry Laboratory
  • Molecular Biology
  • Laboratory in Molecular Biology

Required Chemistry Courses (22 credits)

  • General Chemistry I or Advanced General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II or Advanced General Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry Laboratory I and II
  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and II
  • Physical Chemistry I or Biophysical Chemistry I
  • Physical Chemistry II or Biophysical Chemistry II

Required Physics Courses (6 credits)

  • Physics I: Mechanics or Physics I: Advanced Mechanics
  • Physics II: Electromagnetism or Physics II: Advanced Electromagnetism

Required Math Courses (8 credits)

  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II

Laboratory and Electives (4 credits)

An additional laboratory course in Biology or Chemistry at or above the 300 level OR Supervised Research for Juniors and Supervised Research for Seniors or Introduction to Undergraduate Research in Chemistry and Undergraduate Research in Chemistry


See the Undergraduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Dr. Robert Osuna at rosuna@albany.edu.


Career Outcomes

Earning a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is a great first step toward a career in the life sciences, as well as a path for further study in either graduate or professional school. Building a strong science background, potential job titles range from lab positions to medical careers, depending on your path of specialized training:

  • Doctor
  • Chemist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Research Scientist
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Physician Assistant
Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Science
  • Obtain a general knowledge of mathematics, physics, and an in depth knowledge of chemistry required for an in depth understanding of the structure and function of biological macromolecules.
  • Obtain an intensive knowledge of the principles of biochemistry and molecular biology through a series of required courses in Genetics, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology.
  • Develop skills in analytical thinking through problem based assignments and exams and laboratory exercises.
  • Develop skills in the use of current scientific methodology and investigation through required laboratory courses.
  • Understand the scientific research infrastructure of the United States.

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Living-Learning Communities

Live and take classes with other incoming freshmen who share your personal interests, passions or intended academic major.

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Study Abroad

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Undergraduate Research

Research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University at Albany is an option for all students, across all academic disciplines. You will be able to learn more about a specific academic field or career path all while building a long-lasting mentoring relationship with a faculty member or principal investigator.