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Bachelor of Science

Interdisciplinary Studies - 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

Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Option

You can save time and money by beginning your graduate degree coursework while still enrolled as an undergraduate student. Up to 12 academic credits, billed at the undergraduate rate, will count towards both degrees – so you’ll complete your combined program in only 5 years and spend less than you would if you completed each program separately. 

Combine your Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree with the MS in Information Science program. This ALA-accredited master's program covers a broad range of interdisciplinary topics related to library science, information processing, information management and data analysis.

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Career Outcomes

Earning a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration 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
  • Demonstrate an understanding of structure and function at the cellular and sub-cellular levels of life.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which biochemical pathways and the laws of thermodynamics govern the growth and change of biological systems.
  • Apply quantitative and analytical tools to solve biological problems.
  • Employ the scientific method through the design and implementation of experiments and the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts in the disciplines of biochemistry and molecular biology. (more biochem, molecular, physical chem)

What Makes The University at Albany Great

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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

Become a global citizen: international experience is crucial to success in business, education, research, and public policy.

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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.