2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    Nov 30, 2021  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Combined Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, BS & Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, MS

Program Description:

The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB) offers a combined 4+1 degree program leading to Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) degrees within a five-year plan of study. This program will focus on preparing students for careers in fields including, but not limited to, drug manufacturing and design, agriculture, forensic science (crime lab science), academic/clinical/industrial research, human and veterinary medicine, physical therapy, physician assistancy, dentistry, pharmacy and optometry with a focus on the development of student research skills. The program allows 9 Cr-h of “overlap” courses, where credit is given at both the undergraduate (UG) and graduate (GR) level facilitating both BS and MS completion in five years.

Admission Requirements:        

Only exceptionally well-prepared students are admitted to the program. Qualified applicants must have the following:

  • At least 90 credit hours by the end of the semester in which they are applying;
  • A minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA on all undergraduate coursework, including undergraduate credits earned at other institutions and transferred to Wright State;
  • Completion of BMB 3850, BMB 4210, and BMB 4230 with a grade of “B” or better, and a minimum calculated GPA of 3.2 for these three courses;
  • Approval of the undergraduate advisor;
  • Approval of the BMB Department Chair.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of intent to the department Vice-Chair for Education during the semester that they intend to complete the application criteria outlined above (typically Spring semester of Junior year). All qualified applicants will be given full consideration by the department Graduate Admissions Committee. 

Program Learning Outcomes:

The main goal of our program is to prepare students for careers in fields related to biochemistry and molecular biology and/or admission into graduate and further professional degree programs. The BMB BS portion of the program will follow the foundational and threshold concepts and skills accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) and uses innovative science education pedagogies such as active learning, flipped classrooms and formative assessment to build skills in teamwork, critical thinking, scientific reasoning and oral/written communication. Additionally, within the BMB MS portion of the program students will undertake research endeavors with the intention of becoming proficient readers and writers of BMB research literature, the understanding of various BMB research techniques and the development of experimental design and data analysis skills.

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​You may also contact:

College of Science and Mathematics Advising Center

106 Oelman Hall

(937) 775-3180


Department Chair:  Dr. Madhavi Kadakia

Undergraduate Program Director: Dr. Chad Campbell

Graduate Program Director: Dr. John Paietta

Program Requirements:

Wright State Core: 43 Hours

Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2: Mathematics: 4 Hours

Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours

Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours

Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours

Additional Core Courses: 10 Hours

Departmental Requirements and Electives: 9 Hours

Approved CoSM Electives Courses

General Electives: 4.5 Hours

Undergraduate and Graduate Overlap Requirements: 9

Graduate Requirements

Total: 142 Hours

Additional Information

Graduation Planning Strategy