Required Courses:

  • 6 chemistry; 5 biology
  • 1 interdisciplinary lab course
  • 2 mathematics; 2 physics


Current majors and alumni, please take a moment to complete a program evaluation.

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.

Faculty Spotlight

Meet all of our faculty

Mitch Chernin


Mitch Chernin

"Bucknell allows a superb give-and-take between students and teachers that really allows both to do the best they can."

Marie Pizzorno

associate professor

Marie Pizzorno

"I am a molecular virologist and I specifically study viruses that infect eukaryotes, or higher-order cells, that have a nucleus in them, such as in plants, animals, funguses and insects."

More about Professor Pizzorno
David Rovnyak


David Rovnyak

"Advanced projects include countless hours of student-faculty interaction and go above and beyond the undergraduate curriculum with big rewards."

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

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