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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

How does memory work?

How do nerve cells get connected to each other so that we can see?

Why do mutations in certain genes make us susceptible to cancer?

As our understanding of the molecular basis of life increases, the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology are rapidly expanding. From the science of DNA to the ethics of genetic engineering, our program immerses students in the intricacies of this fascinating scientific discipline.

With a focus on experiential learning and project-based lab work, a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Lewis & Clark is all about ‘doing science.’ Opportunities for collaborative work are everywhere; most seniors collaborate with faculty members, receiving invaluable one-on-one mentoring in the practice of data analysis and experimental design. Recent Biochemistry and Molecular Biology students have presented at the American Society of Cell Biology national meeting, and have published research and findings in Developmental Neurobiology and Genetics.

Administered jointly by the Biology and Chemistry departments, the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major is interdisciplinary; it draws from physics, chemistry, biology, and math. The program prepares students for careers in biochemical and biomedical research, biotechnology, and genetic engineering, and is ideal for students planning to go on to graduate programs in biochemistry, genetics, and cell or molecular biology and medical, dental, or veterinary schools.

Students who choose this challenging program develop critical thinking skills, great oral and written communication skills, and a deep understanding of many of science’s most fundamental questions.


October 25th, 2014

  • All Day: Explore Potential Majors 2014
    Free food!!
    until October 29
  • Image preview 7:00pm: An Evening with Bill Nye the Science Guy

    Tickets for An Evening with Bill the Science Guy in the Pamplin Sports Center are now SOLD OUT. A free simulcast of An Evening with Bill Nye the Science Guy will be shown in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel. Tickets are not required for the simulcast.

    Bill Nye — scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor—will bring his special brand of pop culture science literacy to Portland on Saturday, October 25 at 7 p.m. at the Pamplin Sports Center at Lewis & Clark, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road. The event is open to public; doors open at 6 p.m.

    At the event, Nye will delve into his early history, the importance of science education, and inspiring others to change the world through it. Nye has worked to make science entertaining and accessible for most of his life. He initially discovered a talent for tutoring in high school, and spent afternoons and summers demystifying math for his fellow students.

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