BCMB is one of four concentrations within the biology majors that share a common, core curriculum; the others are Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), Microbiology, and Biology of Global Health. Undergraduates can earn a major in Biological Sciences with a concentration in BCMB or honors BCMB. Students also can earn a master’s degree and PhD in BCMB.
BCMB also participates in interdisciplinary programs, including:
- The Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Neuroscience (IGMN).
- The interdisciplinary graduate minor in computational science (IGMCS) program.
BCMB was created by the merger of three departments: botany, zoology, and biochemistry. The department officially changed its name to Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology in July 1995 when the former zoology department was dissolved. When the botany department dissolved in Spring 2003, its faculty joined BCMB, bolstering a strength in this area.
BCMB remains the most sought-after undergraduate concentration in biology because it provides students with strong foundations in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology that prepare students for most health-related careers, as well as careers in industry and government that benefit from scientific training.