WHAT CAN I DO WITH A MAJOR IN Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemists investigate the chemical reactions occurring in living matter and the chemical composition of the cell. The Molecular biologist studies the life processes occurring at the molecular level, including the storage and transfer of genetic information and the interactions between cells, plus the viruses that infect organisms at the cellular level.

The study of biochemistry and molecular biology requires that students be genuinely interested and able to perform successfully in the "quantitative" sciences and that they have acquired a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.

Employment opportunities for biochemists are often found in college science departments, medical institutions, hospitals, research organizations and in other health, energy, environment and agricultural research programs. Biochemists are employed at all levels in industries concerned with food manufacturing, genetic engineering and promotion of drugs, cosmetics and pesticides, as well as in the petroleum and allied industrial facilities. It is also a goal of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program at Ursinus College to prepare majors for graduate study in biochemistry and molecular biology, post-baccalaureate study in the health sciences and careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

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Agronomist General Internists (MD)
Anesthesiologist (MD) Geneticist
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Biochemist Hazardous Waste Analyst
Biological Technician High School Teacher
Biologist Horticulturist
Biology Professor Marine and Aquatic Biologist
Biophysicist Microbiologist
Chemical Engineer Middle School Teacher
Chemist Pathologist (MD)
Chemistry Professor Perfumer
Conservation Scientist Pharmacist
Criminalist Pharmacologist
Cytologist Plant Breeder
Dairy Technologist Radiation Protection Engineer
Environmental Disease Analyst Sales Representative (Chemicals)
Environmental Research Analyst Sales Representative (Medical Equip.)
Environmental Science and   Protection Technician Technical & Scientific Publications   Editor
Environmental Science   Professor Technical Publications Writer
Family Practicioner (MD) Toxicologist
Food Technologist Wildlife Biologist

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Recent Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Internships

Amor Internship

Alvaro Amor interned at the Weill Cornell Medical College

  • Cape Regional Medical Center
  • Progenra Inc
  • Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute
  • Somerset Hematology Oncology Associates

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Employers who have hired Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Majors
  • ATTS Chemicals
  • B&L Biotech
  • Doylestown Hospital
  • Genisphere LLC
  • Penn State Hershey Medical Center
  • PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals, Inc
  • Rockland Immunochemicals
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • VWR International

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Graduate Schools attended by  Biochemistry & Molelecular Biology Graduates
  • Drexel University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Penn State Hershey College of Medicine
  • Penn State University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Virginia

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