Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology Major (B.S.)

https://colsa.unh.edu/molecular-cellular-biomedical-sciences/program/bs/biochemistry-molecular-cellular-biology-major

The Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology (BMCB) major provides you with conceptual competence, analytical skills, and laboratory experiences to understand life at the molecular and cellular level. Your BMCB degree will prepare you for immediate employment as a research associate or for entry into graduate or professional programs in medicine, dentistry or other allied health professions, as well as other career tracks.

The BMCB program offers advanced coursework and laboratories in diverse research areas of modern biology

  • Cancer biology
  • Cell biology
  • Cell culture & tissue engineering
  • Endocrinology
  • Molecular biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical biochemistry
  • Protein structure, function & proteomics

BMCB majors participate in experiential learning activities

  • Many courses have integrated laboratory experiences to foster inquiry-based learning and to train creative and critical thinkers
  • Independent research experiences are available in faculty research laboratories
  • Many courses provide exposure to cutting-edge techniques and instrumentation
  • Job preparation can be enhanced by internships with regional biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies
  • Summer undergraduate research fellowships at U.S. or international academic institutions combine travel with research opportunities outside UNH

BMCB graduates have been successful in many careers

  • Research associates and laboratory technicians
    • Biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies
    • Government agencies
    • Forensics laboratories
    • Academic research laboratories
    • Hospitals
  • Science journalists and technical writers
  • Healthcare workers
  • Pharmaceutical sales and marketing staff
  • Regulatory agency staff
  • Primary and secondary school educators (with additional coursework in education)

BMCB graduates are well prepared for post-baccalaureate education

  • Masters and doctoral programs in a wide variety of disciplines
  • Professional health programs
    • Medical
    • Dental
    • Pharmacy
    • Physician’s Assistant and other allied health programs

Note: The BMCB major is designed so you can complete all of the prerequisite courses needed to seek admission to graduate schools or health professional schools in four years.

Students in the Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology (BMCB) major take eight Foundation courses, four Bioscience Core courses, five BMCB Core courses, one Laboratory Techniques course, and three Major Elective courses. One capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major, is required of all seniors. In addition, all other University academic requirements must be completed, including those for the Discovery Program and the University Writing Requirement.

A grade of C-minus or better is required in Statistics and in all Bioscience Core, BMCB Core, Laboratory Techniques, and Major Elective courses.

Foundation Core Courses

CHEM 403General Chemistry I 14
CHEM 404General Chemistry II4
CHEM 547
CHEM 549
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
CHEM 548
CHEM 550
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
MATH 424BCalculus for Life Sciences 2, 34
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I 34
PHYS 401Introduction to Physics I 44
PHYS 402Introduction to Physics II 44

Bioscience Core Courses

BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 54
BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4

BMCB Core Courses

BMCB 401Professional Perspectives in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology1
BMCB 605Principles of Cell Biology4
BMCB 751Principles of Biochemistry4
BMCB 752Principles of Biochemistry4
GEN 704Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes4-5
or GEN 771 Molecular Genetics

 Laboratory Techniques Courses (Pick one)

BMCB 753Cell Culture5
BMCB 754Molecular Biology Research Methods5
BMCB 755Laboratory in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology5
BMS 725Cell Phenotyping and Tissue Engineering Laboratory4

BMCB Major Electives (Pick three)

A total of three unique major electives is required.

BMCB 750Physical Biochemistry3
BMCB 753Cell Culture 65
BMCB 754Molecular Biology Research Methods 65
BMCB 755Laboratory in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 65
BMCB 760Pharmacology4
BMCB 763Biochemistry of Cancer4
BMCB 794Protein Structure and Function4
BMCB 795Investigations in Molecular and Cellular Biology (4-credit minimum) 71-4
BMCB 795WInvestigations in Molecular and Cellular Biology (4-credit minimum) 71-4
BMCB 799Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum) 71-4
BMCB 799HHonors Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum) 71-4
ANSC 701Physiology of Reproduction4
ANSC 715Physiology of Lactation4
BMS 507
BMS 508
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
8
BMS 702Endocrinology4
BMS 704Pathologic Basis of Disease4
BMS 705
BMS 715
Immunology
and Immunology Laboratory
5
BMS 706
BMS 708
Virology
and Virology Laboratory
5
BMS 718Mammalian Physiology4
BMS 725Cell Phenotyping and Tissue Engineering Laboratory 64
CHEM 755Advanced Organic Chemistry3
GEN 704Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes 65
GEN 705Population Genetics 83
GEN 706Human Genetics4
GEN 711Genomics and Bioinformatics4
GEN 713Microbial Ecology and Evolution4
GEN 715Molecular Evolution4
GEN 717Molecular Microbiology5
GEN 721Comparative Genomics4
GEN 771Molecular Genetics 64
NUTR 750Nutritional Biochemistry4
PSYC 731Brain and Behavior4
ZOOL 777Neuroethology4

Approved BMCB Capstone Courses

The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning.  The capstone requirement may be satisfied through a course, created work or product, or some form of experiential learning (e.g., honors thesis, mentored research project, or other special student activity).  Students may take more than one capstone course.  Capstone completion is never displayed on Degree Works; your advisor will certify capstone completion at the time of graduation. Students must have 90 credits or more when completing their capstone requirement.  See your advisor for questions about capstones.

BMCB 750Physical Biochemistry3
BMCB 760Pharmacology4
BMCB 763Biochemistry of Cancer4
BMCB 794Protein Structure and Function4
BMCB 795Investigations in Molecular and Cellular Biology (4-credit minimum)1-4
BMCB 795WInvestigations in Molecular and Cellular Biology (4-credit minimum)1-4
BMCB 799Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
BMCB 799HHonors Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
INCO 790Advanced Research Experience (4-credit minimum)1-4

 For a Capstone experience not listed above, such as an internship, submit a Capstone Approval form prior to beginning the experience.

SAMPLE Course Sequence for Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cellular Biology

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
BMCB 401 Professional Perspectives in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology 1
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits17
Spring
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology 4
MATH 424B Calculus for Life Sciences 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 547
CHEM 549
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
BIOL 528 Applied Biostatistics I 4
PHYS 401 Introduction to Physics I 4
 Credits18
Spring
CHEM 548
CHEM 550
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
GEN 604 Principles of Genetics 4
PHYS 402 Introduction to Physics II 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits17
Third Year
Fall
BMCB 605 Principles of Cell Biology 4
BMCB 751 Principles of Biochemistry 4
BMCB Core or Lab Techniques course 4-5
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16-17
Spring
BMCB 752 Principles of Biochemistry 4
BMCB Core or Lab Techniques course 4-5
Discovery Course 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits16-17
Fourth Year
Fall
BMCB Major Elective (possible Capstone) 4
Discovery Course 4
BMCB Major Elective (any course) 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits16
Spring
Elective (any course) 4-5
BMCB Major Elective 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits12-13
 Total Credits128-131

SLO: Core Knowledge in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology.

  • Students will be able to explain the structure and function of macromolecules, including key functional groups, higher order structure and function of macromolecules, catalysis and enzyme kinetics.
  • Students will be able to explain matter and energy conversion, including thermodynamics, catalysis, biological energy, ATP and its function in metabolism.
  • Students will be able to explain cellular homeostasis, including major metabolic pathways for carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids, key regulatory steps in these pathways and the organization of metabolic enzymes.
  • Students will be able to explain the flow of biological information, including detailed replication, transcription and translation processes in the context of homeostasis and development.

SLO: Quantitative Literacy, Inquiry & Analysis

  • Students will be able to apply the scientific method to examine experimental evidence and draw informed conclusions.
  • Students will be able to use graphs to represent scientific data.
  • Students will be able to apply statistical methods to interpret scientific data.

SLO: Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

  • Students will be able to use data to troubleshoot an unexpected outcome.
  • Students will be able to apply core knowledge to critically interpret scientific data.

SLO: Written Communication

  • Students will demonstrate written skills to communicate scientific knowledge and experimental data.

SLO: Oral Communication

  • Students will be able to demonstrate oral presentation skills to communicate scientific knowledge and experimental data.