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Molecular Biology

Program Overview

Molecular biology is the basic science that has as its goal an explanation of life processes at the subcellular and molecular level. Recent years have seen explosive advances in the study of DNA and molecular genetics, including genome sequencing and editing. Developments in molecular biology have opened new areas of study and provided powerful techniques that are revolutionizing the pharmaceutical, medical, and agricultural industries. Molecular biology has helped spawn new industries in biotechnology and has opened avenues for answering basic and applied questions in all of the life sciences. This is an excellent degree for majors who desire advanced degrees in the medical and dental fields, or who wish to pursue graduate-level work in areas such as genomics, bioinformatics, immunology, and drug discovery.

Program Summary

Program Credits: 56.0 - 60.0 Credits

Status: Open Enrollment

Introductory Course: MMBIO 162R


To learn more, schedule an appointment with Life Sciences Advisement at 801-422-3042.

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Beyond The Classroom

Engaging in internships, mentored research, associations and clubs related to your program is an important step in linking your education with the real world. These experiences enhance your education and prepare you for both further schooling and your future career.

Occupations and Employers

Possible Occupations

With a Bachelors

  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technician
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Medical, Pharmaceutical, or Scientific Sales Representative
  • Biotech Technical Support
  • Secondary Education Biology Teacher
  • Biological or Pharmaceutical Quality Control System Manager
  • Research Specialist

With a Masters

  • Medical Scientist
  • Patent Agent
  • Lab Technician
  • Research Scientist

With a Doctorate

  • Professor
  • Patent Agent
  • Biomedical Research
  • Scientific Editor
  • Medical Scientist
  • Biotechnology Entrepreneur
  • Scientific Consulting

Meet Your Academic Advisor: Lisa Buzan

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Lisa grew up in Michigan and is proud to be from the state that gave us Motown music, Ford motor cars, Greenfield Village, Mackinac Island, and Kellogg’s corn flakes.

After coming to BYU, where she received a degree in Child Development and Family Relationships, she moved on and spent time living in California’s San Fernando Valley as well as Las Vegas before returning to BYU as an academic advisor.

Lisa once went skydiving and would do it again in a heartbeat! She also enjoys movies, plays, museums, historical sites, genealogy, and “cat naps” with her cat, Goodwin.

To schedule an appointment to meet with Lisa, contact the Life Sciences Advisement office at 801.422.3042 or by visiting 2060 LSB.

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed for devotionals and holidays.