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.

Associate Program Chair

Kelly Keenan

Kelly Keenan
Professor of Chemistry/BCMB
USC-217 |  609.652.4548
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.

Curriculum

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. American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) has accredited the BCMB major in 2016.

Prospective freshman or transfer students can use the Curriculum & Transfer Equivalency tool below. In addition, the program degree map provides valuable degree information and is a guide to assist in planning academic coursework, but should not substitute academic advisement.

Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Exploring this field can unlock diverse career paths spanning resarch and development, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and government sectors.


The Biochemistry/Molecular Biology program has a full, 7-year accreditation from the Amercian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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Degree Works Curriculum & Transfer Equivalency Tool

To see the curriculum for your area of interest you’ll use the web program, Degree Works. This service is accessible even if you are not currently a student with Stockton University.

Current students exploring the various paths towards degree completion should access the "what if" option in their Degree Works through the portal.

Instructions on How to Use Curriculum Tool

Faculty

Kelly A. Keenan

Kelly A. Keenan

Professor of Chemistry / BCMB
609.652.4558 | USC - 217
Michael Law 

Michael Law 

Assistant Professor of Biology / BCMB
609.652.4471 | USC - 312
Tara L. Luke-Harmer

Tara L. Luke-Harmer

Professor of Biology / BCMB
609.652.4965 | USC - 114
Jennifer Martin

Jennifer Martin

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
609.626.3125 | USC2 - 218
Elizabeth Pollock

Elizabeth Pollock

Associate Professor of Chemistry / BCMB
609.626.3573 | USC - 215
Peter F. Straub

Peter F. Straub

Professor of Biology / BCMB
609.652.4546 | USC - 240
Karen P. York

Karen P. York

Professor ofBiology / 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.

Get Involved

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.



Potential Careers

There is a wide variety of jobs within biochemistry and molecular biology. 

  • Agricultural scientist
  • Beer and wine maker
  • Bioethicist
  • Bioinformation
  • Biological and medical illustrator
  • Biomedical researcher
  • Bioremediator
  • Biostatistician
  • Biotechnology researcher
  • Environmental attorney
  • Environmental scientist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Food and safety expert
  • Forensic scientist
  • Genetic counselor
  • Government health official
  • Grant administrator
  • Patent attorney
  • Pharmaceutical researcher
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician
  • Physician's assistant
  • Professor
  • Public health administrator

The Student Career Center that is available to guide you through your career development journey - from CV writing, interview prep or general guidance.

 

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Career Guide


Exploring careers in biochemistry and molecular biology. A resource for undergraduates.

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