Biochemistry-Molecular Biology

Biochemistry-Molecular Biology at Carroll College

What to Expect

How does life work at the most molecular level?
What are the most fundamental roots of health and disease?
How do medications work when they treat and sometimes cure disease?
How are genes controlled as they determine our traits?

Those are some of the questions addressed by biochemists and molecular biologists. Biochemistry and molecular biology are two of the most actively growing areas of science. At Carroll College, we don’t see these disciplines as separate.  Rather, we recognize them as being highly integrated and tied together.  Because of this, we have designed an innovative major that exposes students to biochemistry and molecular biology in a highly interdisciplinary way. Our students are provided with opportunities to study the most fundamental aspects of life in ways that challenge them to develop strong deductive, analytical and quantitative skills. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Biochemistry/Molecular Biology major program are expected to have:

  1. an understanding of the basic principles and concepts of the major field;
  2. the critical thinking skills needed for solving problems in the field;
  3. the abilities to evaluate and interpret data and to analyze and synthesize information from different sources;
  4. a working knowledge of fundamental laboratory techniques and the ability to use them to perform experiments in the field; and
  5. the writing and speaking skills needed to communicate effectively in the field. 

The best of both worlds: Quality teaching from highly experienced instructors makes a science education at Carroll College so valuable. The BMB curriculum allows students to experience excellent cross-disciplinary instruction in biology, chemistry, physics and math.  However, an education in BMB goes much further. Carroll faculty are actively involving students in cutting edge research projects.  For example, some students study the biochemistry of neurodegenerative diseases while others perform research on the West Nile virus in Montana.  Working directly with your professors both inside the classroom and in the research lab, makes a BMB education at Carroll the best of both worlds. 

Life after Graduation

Students completing a Biochemistry/Molecular Biology degree will be highly prepared for the following types of careers:

  • Medicine and Health Care Careers
  • Biomedical research 
  • Dentistry 
  • Agricultural research 
  • Graduate school in the majority of science disciplines 
  • Veterinary school 
  • Pharmacy school