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Undergraduate Program

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) at Michigan State University offers sophisticated instruction in modern biology, molecular genetics and biotechnology. Training in these areas provides excellent preparation for postgraduate education and the job market. The undergraduate experience is characterized by strong preparation in chemistry, molecular biology and biochemistry, emphasizing practical training in marketable laboratory skills.

Undergraduates can enhance their education and training through independent research mentored by BMB faculty. BMB graduates are widely regarded for their excellent training as they advance to graduate school, professional school and jobs in industry. Students seeking admission to the program should complete the high school science or college preparatory curriculum, ensuring that their programs include courses required for admission to the university.

The MSU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offers two programs that lead to the Bachelor of Science degree.

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major combines the elements of a liberal education with thorough preparation in the underlying principles of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. It is intended primarily for those students who wish to pursue a career in which a sound knowledge of biochemistry is necessary, or for students who plan further studies at the graduate or professional level.

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Biotechnology major is intended primarily for students who plan to pursue careers in industry, veterinary medicine, or related health sciences, or for students who plan advanced study in biotechnology and molecular biology.

Program Contacts

Dr. Susanne Hoffmann-Benning
Undergraduate Program Director
223A Biochemistry Building
(517) 355-9644

Dr. Neil R. Bowlby
Undergraduate Program Assistant Director
113 Biochemistry Building
(517) 353-8546

Kendra Pyle
Undergraduate Program Academic Advisor
105B Biochemistry Building
(517) 353-5556

Leslie Thompson, MS, MLS (ASCP) CM
Undergraduate Program Academic Advisor
305 Biochemistry Building
(517) 432-8775

To schedule an advising appointment, please log in to the Student Success Dashboard.

  • Click “Schedule Appointment” in the upper right corner of the home page.
  • Choose Advising as the type of appointment.
  • Choose “Natural Science Advising” under Pick a Service Category (for both NatSci and Lyman Briggs students).
  • Choose your major as Pick a Service for your Appointment.

Mary Villarreal
Undergraduate Program Administrative Assistant
105A Biochemistry Building
(517) 353-8949
Fax: (517) 353-9334

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