*Reflecting the strong emphasis placed on undergraduate research by both the chemistry and the biology departments, most students in the cell biology and biochemistry program participate in research, either during the academic year or during the summer months.
*By working with faculty mentors, students learn techniques such as recombinant DNA, purification of nucleic acids, protein purification and analysis, and cell culture. The students also are exposed to the process of science through regularly scheduled seminars in cell biology and biochemistry.
*The Biology and Chemistry departments are located in adjacent halves of a modern building, which ideally meets the interdisciplinary needs of the program. Most of the faculty who participate in the program are housed on the second floor of this building. The Rooke Chemistry building contains ample laboratory space for teaching and research. The Biology Building adjoins Rooke Chemistry, with the cell and molecular biology laboratories on the same floor as the biochemistry laboratories. By bringing together the faculty and sharing the instrumentation from these two departments, Bucknell gives students in this program excellent support for their undergraduate work.
*A B.S. degree in Cell Biology/Biochemistry offers students excellent preparation for careers in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacology, bioengineering, and allied health professions. It also is an excellent foundation for students preparing for entrance into Ph.D. programs in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, immunology, or neuroscience as well as Ph.D./M.D. programs in medically related fields.
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