Seminar Series

This series brings students and faculty together to discuss research in progress and hear talks by visiting scientists.

Fall speakers included Rachel Meyer, David Roberts, Michele Markstein, Sarah Diamond '05, and Charles Asbury.

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Required Courses:

  • 6 Chemistry; 5 Biology
  • 1 interdisciplinary lab course
  • 2 Mathematics; 2 Physics
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David Rovnyak

David Rovnyak on the NMR and undergraduate research

Ask the Experts:

Take a look at our Q&A session with David Rovnyak, associate professor of chemistry, as he describes the University's NMR imager and its role in undergraduate research.

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Number of full-time faculty

For students who want careers in the fast-advancing field of biomedicine, the cell biology and biochemistry program is a perfect fit.

You'll work with both biology and chemistry professors cloning genes, isolating proteins and purifying nucleic acids. Majors have undergraduate research opportunities usually afforded to graduate students. Bucknell's labs are outfitted with cool equipment, like atomic microscopes, mass spectrometers, including a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, and gas chromatography systems.

Did you Know?

Bucknell's biology and chemistry faculty members provide close, personal attention to students in the classroom and in the lab. The professors are active researchers who often invite students to become involved in their work.

Cell biology and biochemistry is an interdisciplinary program coordinated by faculty from the chemistry and biology departments.

The majority of courses in the program involve extensive laboratory experience.

Many cell biology and biochemistry students work in the cell culture laboratory, where they clone genes and purify and characterize nucleic acids and proteins.

The major requires five biology courses and six chemistry courses, as well as an interdepartmental biochemical methods course and a number of electives.

Because of the potential impact of this discipline on society, students must also take a course in which the social or ethical implications of biotechnology are considered.

Get to Know Us

Julie Gates

associate professor

Julie Gates

At first, my students are amazed when I tell them I don't know what the results will be. But that's research. We're breaking new ground here.

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Matthew Heintzelman

associate professor

Matthew Heintzelman

For me, it's really just unraveling the mystery. Yes, there are probably practical applications down the road, but my interest is trying to understand something that people have been observing for 300 years

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Kathleen Creed Page


Kathleen Creed Page

I'm interested in the physiological effects of stress. When you are hyper stressed - not just exposed to a little bit of adrenaline, but to chronic stress - it compromises your ability to concentrate and learn.

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Hands-On Experience



Cell biology and biochemistry majors can gain career experience through summer internships. Recently, students have interned at:

  • Bucknell Department of Chemistry
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Mayo Clinic


Undergraduate Research

Most students in the cell biology and biochemistry program do independent research with faculty mentors. Many have their work published in peer-reviewed professional journals.

beyond bucknell

Study Abroad

Fall semester courses and summer fellowships are available at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Mass. Bucknell also offers a Virgin Islands marine science course. Students have recently studied abroad through programs in countries including:

  • Spain
  • Australia
  • South Africa


Cell Biology/Biochemistry

216 Rooke Chemistry Bldg




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