(College of Biological Sciences)
Jodi Nunnari, Ph.D., Professor, Chairperson of the Department
Department Office. 149 Briggs Hall; 530-752-3611; http://www.mcb.ucdavis.edu
The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Major Program
The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major introduces students to the chemistry of living organisms and the experimental techniques that are used to probe the structures and functions of biologically important molecules. Students who enjoy both chemistry and biology and who are comfortable with quantitative approaches to problem solving will find this major a rewarding field of study.
The Program. The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology program begins with the four-course, upper division common curriculum that introduces the principles of biochemistry, genetics, and cell biology. Majors then take a comprehensive and rigorous laboratory course to familiarize them with the most important aspects of biochemical research. Additional upper division courses in biochemistry and molecular biology examine detailed aspects of these subjects. Students are also required to take courses in other biological sciences and a full year of physical chemistry.
Career Alternatives. The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology program provides a solid scientific background for students seeking a research, teaching, or service career in the life sciences. Positions are open to biochemists in bio-medical, bio-technological, pharmaceutical, agricultural research and chemical industries. Also, university-affiliated research laboratories, hospital laboratories, and government-sponsored research facilities provide employment opportunities. The major provides excellent preparation for advanced study in graduate or professional schools.
Graduate Study. See Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology (Graduate Group).
Master Advisor. David Wilson, Ph.D.
Advising. Biology Academic Success Center (BASC); 1023 Sciences Laboratory Building; 530-752-0410; http://www.biosci.ucdavis.edu/BASC.