Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
You'll find our biochemistry & molecular biology graduates working across America today, as research technicians and biotechnologists in hospitals, government agencies, and biotechnology firms; as university professors; and as physicians working directly with patients.
For graduates of CLU's biochemistry and molecular biology program, the opportunities are endless: work on the frontiers of science in the heart of America's biotechnology industry, practice medicine, participate in research on the cutting edge of science, unlock the secrets of recombinant DNA, or break new ground in genomics and proteomics.
Co-sponsored by the departments of biological science and chemistry, the major teaches students the concepts and skills needed for medical and biotechnology professions. The program serves both students whose end goal is a bachelor of science degree, as well as those seeking entry into medical or graduate school.
Working in the facilities of the University's Ahmanson Science Center, students enjoy hands-on use of the key instruments and techniques commonly employed in molecular laboratories. They also gain extensive experience in the use of recombinant DNA techniques such as PCR and DNA sequencing to study gene structure and function.
During the first two years, students focus on basic concepts and theories; their junior- and senior-year courses apply these concepts and principles to the broader study of biotechnology. Students are encouraged to conduct original research with faculty advisers and to present their findings at undergraduate research conferences.
The program's top students are encouraged to apply for summer research work. These same students have garnered recognition of the excellence of their education including California Heart Association grants, National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation summer research posts, and internships at biotechnology firms, such as Amgen and Baxter - among the nation's top biopharmaceutical corporations.
Kristine D. Butcher, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry and Departmental Chair
David J. Marcey, Ph.D.
Fletcher Jones Professor of Developmental Biology
Dennis Revie, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Michael D. Wiley, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
Contact the Department
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
California Lutheran University
60 W. Olsen Rd. #3700
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360