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Undergraduate | In-Person

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, BS

The impact of scientific advances on our everyday lives is difficult to ignore. Are you ready to make an impact?

Why Major in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology? 

Belmont's Departments of Biology, Chemistry & Physics have come together to develop a shared major to train you in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. This program will equip you with the knowledge and skills to better understand the environment around us.

Our dedicated and skilled faculty work closely with each student to help them prepare for the next steps in their areas of interest, whether it be graduate research or medical school, through focused coursework and challenging research experiences.

What You'll Learn

  • In-depth knowledge of molecular biology techniques
  • Practical laboratory skills
  • The ability to understand complex biological processes
  • Observation skills
  • Research and data analysis
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving


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Career Possibilities

  • Cellular Biologist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Clinical Data Analyst
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Dentist
  • Food Scientist
  • Food Safety Auditor
  • Medical Writer
  • Crime Lab Assistant

Program Details


The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major leads to a bachelor of science. It requires 128 hours of coursework:

  • BELL core requirements: 53 hours
  • Major requirements (including 11 hours of electives and research): 56 hours
  • Minor: not required
  • General electives: 16 hours

See All Program Requirements

Courses you'll take:

  • CEM 2810 Organic Chemistry I
  • CEM 2820 Organic Chemistry II
  • CEM 3510 Biochemistry I
  • CEM 4520 Biochemistry II
  • CEM 3600 Biophysical Chemistry
  • CEM 4525 Advanced Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry
  • BIO 2120 Basic Microbiology
  • BIO 2330 Genetics
  • BIO 3160 General Physiology
  • BIO 3800 Molecular Biology of the Cell: Molecular Genetics
  • BIO 3850 Molecular Biology of the Cell: Structure and Function of the Cell
  • BIO 3040 Cancer Biology
  • BIO 3140 Immunology
  • BIO 4500 Neurobiology
  • BMB 4700 Research in Biochemistry II
  • BMB 4701 Research in Molecular Biology

As a complement to the courses offered, students complete a research sequence that allows them to participate in the process by which scientists make the discoveries that they read about in their courses.

This includes the development of a research project, mastering of experimental protocols and laboratory skills, analysis of data and dissemination of information in poster and oral presentations.

These course and research requirements are excellent preparation for admission into doctoral programs or medical school.

Nya Sabye

Student Testimonial

“Belmont has opened many doors for me to get deeply involved in the science field. I’ve been able to conduct graduate-level biochemical research as an undergraduate sophomore through SURFS and teach science to underprivileged high schools through the VISBIL program. I’ve developed strong relationships with my professors who are eager to assist my journey to get into medical school and truly care about me succeeding as a student."

Nya Sabye, Class of 2024

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