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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major

The biochemistry and molecular biology major analyzes the molecular structure and chemistry of biological systems. Discoveries in this discipline are revolutionizing our understanding of living systems, with far-reaching implications for fields such as medicine, agriculture and ecology. Marquette’s program in biochemistry and molecular biology provides an environment that supports both scientific and ethical inquiry in the discipline.

Conduct research with internationally known professors.

Work with them as they explore gene regulations, chemical signaling between cells and the structure of molecular motors — all using the latest techniques involving recombinant DNA, protein electrophoresis and bioinformatics. It's great preparation for a career in research or medicine.

Twice the expertise.

Twice the access. The biochemistry and molecular biology major capitalizes on the strengths of Marquette's Biological Sciences and Chemistry departments, letting you tap into the resources of both: tissue culture and plant growth facilities and spectroscopy labs including laser, nuclear magnetic resonance and X-ray diffraction facilities.

Macro opportunities for micro experts.

The upper Midwest is rapidly becoming the nation's hotbed for developments in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, food and drug research, and environmental research and protection — all jobs for which our biochemistry and molecular biology majors are well-prepared.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • General Biology I & II
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Calculus I & II
  • UCCS - Rhetoric and Composition I & II


  • Genetics
  • Organic Chemistry I & II
  • UCCS - Philosophy of Human Nature
  • General Physics I & II or General Physics with Calculus I & II
  • UCCS - Histories of Cultures and Societies*


  • Biochemistry and Molecular Basis of Biology
  • Physical Chemistry I & II
  • Biology Lab (upper division)
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • UCCS - Individual and Social Behavior
  • UCCS - Literature/Performing Arts*
  • UCCS - Theology*
  • Electives


  • Experimental Molecular Biology
  • Two Electives from Biological Sciences, Chemistry or Math
  • UCCS - Diverse Cultures
  • Electives

*Choose from list of approved UCCS (University Core of Common Studies) courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.


You might like the biochemistry and molecular biology major if you

✓ Like biology and chemistry

✓ Are strong in science and math

✓ Like to work independently

✓ Enjoy lab work

What can you do with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology?

Biochemistry and Molecular biology major studentsThis program is good preparation for medical, dental and graduate school and careers in biotechnology; pharmaceutical development and sales, food and drug research; and environmental research and protection.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology.

The biochemistry and molecular biology major is a joint program of the departments of biology and chemistry. Other majors offered by the Department of Biological Sciences include the biological sciences major and the physiological sciences major.

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