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

Freshman

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Term Sem. Hrs.
BIOL 1001
CHEM 1001
MATH 1450
ENGL 1001
Foreign Language
3
4
4
3
3-4
BIOL 1002
CHEM 1002
MATH 1451
ENGL 1002
Foreign Language
3
4
4
3
3-4
  17-18   17-18

 

 

Sophomore

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Term Sem. Hrs.
CHEM 2111 or 2113
PHYS 1001 or 1003
HIST 1001 or 1002
PHIL 1001
THEO 1001
4
4
3
3
3
BIOL 4101
CHEM 2112 or 2114
PHYS 1002 or 1004
PHIL 2310
History/Social-Behavioral Science
3
4
4
3
3
  17   17

 

 

Junior

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Term Sem. Hrs.

BIOL 2301
CHEM 4431*
Theology (second level)
Literature

Elective

3
3
3
3

3


BIOL 3102
BIOL 2201
CHEM 2210
Literature

Elective

3
3
4
3

3

  15   16
 

Senior

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Semester Sem. Hrs.

Biological Sci. or laboratory course

(upper division)**
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology elective
Theology (third level)
Elective

Diverse Cultures elective


3
3-4
3
3

3

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology electives

Philosophy (upper division)

Social Behavioral Science
Elective

6
3
3
3

  15-16   15
 

*Many students, including those continuing on to graduate school, should consider the option of two terms of physical chemistry (CHEM 4433 and 4434) which requires an additional term of calculus (MATH 2450).  Students who take CHEM 4433, 4434, and MATH 2450 are required to take only one additional elective in biological sciences, chemistry, or mathematics.

**BIOL or CHEM 4995 may be substituted.

 


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