Florida Southern College’s Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program provides you with a firm foundation in both chemistry and biology while also giving you the flexibility to tailor your coursework and experiences to match your interests. This interdisciplinary program prepares you for professional schools – such as medical, dental, and veterinary schools – as well as graduate programs and future careers.
Your degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology reflects the complex study of life at the cellular level. You will use the resources and perspectives of multiple disciplines to solve complex problems, experiencing firsthand the collaborative nature of scientific research.
Every biochemistry and molecular biology student collaborates with a faculty member to explore an original research project. Our students present their work regularly at regional and national conferences, and they have even been listed as co-authors on articles published in scientific journals.
Our biochemistry and molecular biology graduates are accepted nationwide to top medical, dental, pharmacy, and graduate schools, such as Duke University, University of Miami, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, Auburn University, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Our instructional and research laboratories give you hands-on experience with all of the same instruments and techniques that you will encounter in your future studies and career. Prepare your own samples, make your own measurements, and operate all of the instruments first-hand with training and guidance from the faculty, and put into practice what you are learning in the classroom.
Our students connect with scientists and professionals from academia and industry, building networks and relationships that will creates opportunities for future study and employment. You will meet the seminar speakers and guests from across the country that we host on campus. You can also travel to regional and national conferences to learn about the latest scientific advancements and meet the people behind those discoveries. Our students are accepted to summer research programs across the US as well as internationally.
A degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology prepares you well for a variety of careers after graduation. Many of our Biochemistry and Molecular Biology students have found success in professional schools, such as medical school, pharmacy school, physical therapy school, and veterinary school. Others have taken advantage of their undergraduate research experiences to pursue graduate studies at universities across the nation. In fact, Florida Southern’s two Goldwater Scholarship recipients were both Biochemistry and Molecular Biology majors, and they have gone on to continued pursuits in bioengineering and biomedical research in graduate and MD/PhD programs.
A degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will prepare you to become a professional scientist, but you can also use the technical knowledge and skills that you will develop in your studies to be successful in related fields. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduates can pursue careers in business and entrepreneurship, law, public policy, and communications. At Florida Southern, you will work one-on-one with your faculty mentor to develop a plan of study that will help prepare you for any career you wish to pursue.
In BIO 3770 Bioinformatics ideas from chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics converge in our Bioinformatics course! You will learn techniques requiring the use of molecular biology databases, including DNA and protein sequence analysis, multiple sequence alignments, 3-D protein structure modeling and prediction, phylogenetic tree building, and RNA sequence analysis.
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I challenge students to build their own connections between the very small (molecular and nanoscale principles) and the very large (macroscopic phenomena) through active hands-on and brains-on experiences that bridge the chemistry classroom and the chemistry laboratory. These connections extend from our chemistry coursework to the diverse topics and fields that fascinate our students, and it is these interconnections that will lead to breakthroughs, both big and small, that will continue to change and improve the world.
Our courses and laboratories allow our students and faculty to quickly get to know each other, with specific sections reserved exclusively for biochemistry and molecular biology majors. Your instructors will engage you through pedagogy and activities that promote collaboration in the classroom and in the laboratory. Our social events and departmental traditions let you see your friends and engage your teachers outside of the classroom. You will build a diverse network of friends and mentors that will support you in your courses and guide you during your time at Florida Southern and beyond.
Our student organizations host social, educational, and professional programs throughout the year. You can get involved with our scientific outreach events, sharing your love of science and chemistry with local elementary and middle school students as well as with the Florida Southern community. These organizations also give our students opportunities for leadership roles along with mentoring from faculty advisors.
Located on the second floor of the Polk Science building, these labs consist of three equally sized laboratories equipped with everything you will need to safely explore chemistry and its applications. Including, but not limited to: fume hoods, burners, sinks, scales, centrifuges, glassware, and lab computers.
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