Considering Biochemistry & Molecular Biology?
The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB) program at UMass Amherst offers a rigorous and exciting major designed for motivated undergraduates who want a program that emphasizes faculty contact and hands-on research. All BMB majors have a faculty member as an academic advisor, and the BMB curriculum requires that all of our majors participate in authentic laboratory research their senior year.
The program for BMB majors emphasizes instruction in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology. Upper level courses in biochemistry build on this foundation, and prepare students well for either employment or further study.
BMB may be a good fit for you if you are strong in:
AP credit in these areas is a plus.
BMB majors can earn Independent Research credits for time spent working on a research project. Students typically start a project in the fall semester of the Junior year. Learn more about our faculty and their research.
Sophomores with a grade point average of 3.4 or better are urged to consult with the Chief Undergraduate Advisor and Departmental Honors Coordinator about the Commonwealth Honors College. BMB Departmental Honors includes a year of laboratory research and a thesis.
A BMB degree prepares you for opportunities in a wide range of fields, including:
- Graduate programs in biochemistry, molecular genetics, immunology, pharmacology, virology, physiology, and nutrition
- Professional schools for medical, dental, pharmacy, and optometry
- Positions with biotechnology companies, the food industries, clinical laboratories, scientific equipment suppliers, the government, universities, and medical laboratories
If You Would Like to Visit
Call our main office at (413) 545-0352 or email email@example.com if you would like to meet with someone in the BMB. Please give us at least 72hrs notice so we can accomodate your visit.
If you are interested in gaining research experience in a college setting before you graduate high school, a Summer College Research Intensive may be a good fit for you.