Molecular biology emphasizes the study of molecules that make up an organism, how they interact, and how they are controlled. With the development of the field of genomics, biologists also study one class of molecules (DNA) at the whole genome level. Molecular biology and genomics are applied within all biological disciplines, including biochemistry, cell biology, and developmental biology. Molecular biology and genomics developments have revolutionized biological research, fueling the explosive growth in the biotechnology industry and rapid increase of molecular medicine.
The Molecular Biology and Genomics major provides a strong background for many science careers, incorporating the requirements expected for admission to medical, dental, and other health professional schools and to graduate schools in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and related disciplines. Positions for molecular biologists at the BS, MS, and PhD levels are available in the biotechnology industries as well as in universities, medical schools, hospitals, government laboratories, research institutes, and public health institutions.
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