Biochemistry / Molecular Biology

Rapid Development of the Field Due to Advancement of Laboratory Techniques Involving Protein and Nucleic Acids

 

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology (BCMB) represents a rapidly growing discipline that bridges the chemical and biological sciences.

It focuses on how cells solve various biological problems and the role of the chemical components. Knowledge of this field was always necessary for those interested in various professions in the medical field and it has become increasingly important for those interested in the pharmaceutical and forensics fields.


About the Program

The program offerings as well as the faculty expertise reflect the combined chemical and biological basis for this field. Since it is such an experimental science, the program emphasizes laboratory skills, use of instruments and research skills to prepare students for employment or for study toward a variety of advanced degrees. In addition, an articulation agreement with the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers allows students the opportunity to earn an advanced degree in pharmacy combined with a baccalaureate degree from Stockton. American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has accredited BCMB and graduating seniors have the opportunity to earn certification by this organization.

Program Coordinator

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Kelly A. Keenan
Associate Professor of Chemistry / BCMB
USC2-217 |  609-652-4558
Kelly.Keenan@stockton.edu 

 

Program Features

  • Emphasis on the development of laboratory skills.
  • All upper level labs are taught by program faculty.
  • All undergraduate program which allows for extensive interaction between faculty member and student.
  • All students who graduate will have experience with a variety of laboratory techniques, as well as instruments commonly used.
  • Students will be able to analyze data, write comprehensively about it and prepare oral presentations.

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Additional Information

Student Success

Curriculum

In addition to the University’s general education requirements, students must meet the graduation requirements for a B.S. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. The curriculum includes introductory courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics as well as intermediate and advanced courses in biochemistry, biology and chemistry. The culmination is the senior project or internship. In some cases, this may require more than one semester to complete and students are encouraged to begin planning early and allow ample time for completion. All students will make an oral presentation of the Senior Project or Internship at a Senior Symposium, as well as submit a written report.

In addition to the above, students must meet these requirements:

  1. An overall grade point average of C or better is required for all core, cognate and elective courses.
  2. A grade of C or better is required for all core courses. 

Faculty

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Cristina
Cummings

Assistant Professor of 
Biology / BCMB
609.652.4299 | USC - 117

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David
Furgione

Instructor of 
Biology / BCMB
609.652.4483 | USC - 120

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Tara L.
Harmer-Luke

Professor of 
Biology / BCMB
609.652.4965 | USC - 114

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Kelly A.
Keenan

Associate Professor of 
Chemistry / BCMB
609.652.4558 | USC - 217
 

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Michael
Law

Assistant Professor of 
Biology / BCMB
609.652.4471 | USC - 312

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Elizabeth
Pollock

Associate Professor of 
Chemistry / BCMB
609.626.3573 | USC - 215

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Shanthi
Rajaraman

Associate Professor of 
Chemistry / BCMB
609.652.4401 | USC - 220

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Peter F.
Straub

Dean of the School of Natural Sciences 
and Mathematics,  
Professor of Biology / BCMB
609.652.4546 | USC - 240
 

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Karen P.
York

Associate Professor of 
Biology / BCMB
609.652.4449 | USC - 313
 
 
 

 

Opportunities 

For the senior research project, students have the opportunity to carry out research on campus in the laboratory of a faculty member. This might result in publication of work as well as presentation at a conference. There are several sources of financial support for students to attend conferences. For the senior internship, students may choose to perform off-campus work in government, university or industrial laboratories. Examples of these have included regional internships at the Federal Aviation Administration Technical Center and State Police Crime Lab as well as research projects carried out by students through the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Students can apply for this program and be paid a stipend to carry out a research project at a university. In addition, Stockton’s Washington Internship program offers opportunities for placement in institutions such as National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital. Academic credit will be granted for such experience, provided it contributes significantly to the student’s intellectual development. An outstanding opportunity is participation in Stockton’s International Education experience. Stockton also has an articulation agreement with the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, The State University so that students can complete courses in the BCMB major for two or three years and then transfer to Rutgers. Students apply and are accepted into this program directly from high school and earn a B.S. degree in BCMB from Stockton and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Rutgers.

The Biochemistry Program also offers opportunities for students to get involved in various areas of interest outside of the classroom.

Careers

Students who earn degrees in this field have a variety of options for employment or higher education. They can pursue careers in the pharmaceutical, forensics, or biotechnology industries. Other graduates have also gone on to become teachers. Students with a degree in this field could also pursue advanced study in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine or complete graduate degrees in Microbiology, Cellular Biology, Biochemistry or Molecular Biology.