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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

University of Richmond
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
University of Richmond

Program description

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program offers students the opportunity to study life processes at the molecular level and gain an understanding of biological organisms from a chemical and physical basis.

Discoveries in the molecular life sciences are propelling current scientific discovery forward across all fields and are destined to continue to do so throughout the next century. So much about the chemical and physical makeup of living organisms remains unknown. The field inspires scientists to look at the chemical processes by which diseases like AIDS and cancer develop. When they understand the biological processes by which these diseases take shape and grow, they can genetically manipulate microorganisms to produce antibiotics, hormones and other forms of treatment.

Students who complete the major are well prepared to continue studying biochemistry and molecular biology in graduate school or to obtain careers in the biotechnology industry. The extensive research opportunities that are available for students who choose to partner with faculty working in the field broaden students’ horizons and help them narrow their interests.

Admission requirements

Candidates for admission must have a high school diploma (or recognized equivalent), and must have completed a minimum of 16 units of secondary school coursework. Minimum requirements include four units in English, three in college preparatory mathematics (including Algebra I, II, and Geometry), and at least two each in history, laboratory science, and a second language (two units of the same language, including American Sign Language).

International Admission Requirements

English Proficiency Policy

You can demonstrate English proficiency by:

  • Having been enrolled in an academically rigorous, English-medium secondary school for four years.
  • Obtaining a score of 660 or higher on the SAT evidence-based reading and writing section.
  • Obtaining a score of 28 or higher on the ACT English section.
  • Obtaining a score of 7.5 or higher on the IELTS.
  • Obtaining a grade of A or B in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or A-Level English course(s).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major

  • Introduction to Biological Thinking or Science, Math and Research Training I
  • Integrated Biological Principles I
  • Integrated Biological Principles II
  • Junior Seminar
  • Chemistry: Structure, Thermodynamics, and Kinetics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Experimental Biochemistry
  • Experimental Biophysical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

One Macromolecular Structure and Function course, chosen from:

  • The Science of Poisoning
  • Mechanochemical Cell Biology
  • Structural Biology
  • Protein Structure, Function and Biophysics
  • Chemical Biology
  • Medicinal Chemistry

One Gene Regulation course, chosen from:

  • Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology with Lab
  • Bacterial Pathogenesis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Biology and Tumorigenesis with Lab
  • Molecular Virology
  • Introduction to Immunology
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Neurobiology

Two senior seminars, to include the presentation of a research topic, chosen from:

  • Biochemistry Senior Seminar I
  • Biochemistry Senior Seminar II
  • Calculus II
  • Algebra-Based General Physics 1 with Lab or Calculus-Based General Physics 1 with Lab

One unit in physics, chosen from:

  • Calculus-Based General Physics 2 with Lab

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this program is $56,860 per year.


Skills You Will Gain as a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major

  • Assessing risk
  • Using computers for computation/simulation
  • Defining expected/potential results
  • Preparing statistical results
  • Evaluating effect of phenomena
  • Attending to details
  • Applying logic to problems
  • Reasoning by analogy
  • Examining components of ideas/problems
  • Identifying and solving quantitative problems
  • Tabulating data
  • Maintaining precision and accuracy
  • Determining probabilities

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University of Richmond

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University of Richmond

410 Westhampton Way
23173 Richmond Virginia
United States of America

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