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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Agricultural Engineer
Anesthesiologist (MD)
Animal Scientist
Biological Technician
Biology Professor
Chemical Engineer
Chemistry Professor
Conservation Scientist
Dairy Technologist
Environmental Disease Analyst
Environmental Research Analyst
Environmental Science Professor
Environmental Science and Protection Technician
Family Practicioner (MD)
Food Technologist
Forensic Science Technicians
General Internists (MD)
Gynecologist (MD)
Hazardous Waste Analyst
High School Teacher
Marine and Aquatic Biologist
Middle School Teacher
Pathologist (MD)
Plant Breeder
Radiation Protection Engineer
Sales Representative (Chemicals)
Sales Representative (Medical Equip.)
Technical & Scientific Publications Editor
Technical Publications Writer
Wildlife Biologist

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