• <a href="/live/image/gid/62/width/650/86681_DIV-B2-0417-0027.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image86681"><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/62/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86681_DIV-B2-0417-0027.rev.1610668160.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/62/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86681_DIV-B2-0417-0027.rev.1610668160.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/62/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86681_DIV-B2-0417-0027.rev.1610668160.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/62/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86681_DIV-B2-0417-0027.rev.1610668160.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/62/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86681_DIV-B2-0417-0027.rev.1610668160.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/62/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86681_DIV-B2-0417-0027.rev.1610668160.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/62/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86681_DIV-B2-0417-0027.rev.1610668160.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/62/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86681_DIV-B2-0417-0027.rev.1610668160.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/62/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86681_DIV-B2-0417-0027.rev.1610668160.jpg" alt="Students who study BCMB gain a deep understanding of many of science's most fundamental questions. " srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/62/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86681_DIV-B2-0417-0027.rev.1610668160.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/62/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86681_DIV-B2-0417-0027.rev.1610668160.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="3200" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a> <div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption">Students who study BCMB gain a deep understanding of many of science’s most fundamental questions. </div>

Why Choose a Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology?

Our interdisciplinary curriculum will prepare you for careers in biochemical and biomedical research, biotechnology, and genetic engineering, and is ideal for those planning to go on to graduate programs in biochemistry or cell/molecular biology as well as medical, dental, or veterinary schools. We help you develop critical-thinking skills, oral and written communication skills, and a deep understanding of science’s most fundamental questions, all of which is necessary for whatever comes after graduating with your bachelor of arts degree.

What You’ll Study

Our interdisciplinary program provides students with rigorous training in biology and chemistry. The curriculum is built around a core series of courses covering structural and metabolic biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and organic chemistry. These courses provide hands-on training in posing hypotheses, designing experiments to test them, and data analysis. A diversity of elective courses are offered—including medicinal organic chemistry, developmental biology, neurobiology, and behavioral genetics—to let students specialize and pursue their individual interests.

Many of our students earn course credit toward their degree while on an overseas program. In addition to general cultural programs that are open to all students, the Berlin program offers an optional chemistry emphasis with an upper-level biochemistry course as part of the curriculum.

Outside the classroom, students are encouraged to participate in research during the academic year with a faculty member through the Independent Study and/or Senior Research classes. Students may also apply to join a research team and get paid through the Rogers Summer Science Program. Our program also hosts a seminar series that brings scientists to campus to discuss their cutting-edge research.


Complement Your Education With One of These Minors

The most popular minors for our biochemistry and molecular biology majors are data science, health studies, and neuroscience.

What Students Are Saying About Lewis & Clark

  • Polly smiling in front of a carousel. She is wearing a white top.

    BCMB is a major that involves many experiments, which I love. It allows me to release my imagination to set up a hypothesis and use my knowledge and effort to solve any difficulties I face.

    Polly Ren BA ’25
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | Neuroscience | Shanghai, China
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  • Katya smiling outside wearing a red flannel shirt over a white top.

    Biochemistry makes life make so much more sense! It provides a network for the functions of every living organism, and, when combined with molecular biology, this major is the mechanism of life.

    Katya Schwieterman BA ’24
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | Neuroscience | Paonia, Colorado
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  • David Nhek BA '22

    The skills that I will obtain from a liberal arts education will not only apply to my specific work area but also give me a deeper understanding of the world.

    David Nhek BA ’22
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | Columbia, Missouri
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What Can You Do With a Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology?

Our alumni use their bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology to build careers at companies such as Gilead, Genentech, Transcriptic, FEI, and Impossible Foods. Others use their BA to pursue advanced degrees with the goal of becoming practitioners in the health sciences or researchers in biochemistry, molecular biology, or cell biology. Some receive competitive fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Dedicated Faculty

Our expert professors are your expert mentors. You will learn directly from faculty (no graduate assistants here!) that are nationally recognized in their fields of study and who love to work with and learn from their students. Your professors will inspire you to be a thoughtful and passionate participant in a diverse world. Your small classes will support you as you explore new ideas, find your voice, and speak your truth.

Biochemistry and molecular biology faculty rely on their students to be collaborative researchers in the lab, a rare opportunity for many undergraduates. Students are frequent coauthors on peer-reviewed faculty publications and professional presentations.

Meet the Professors

  • Top 100 

    Lewis & Clark is in the top 100 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2023–24 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” list.

  • 125 

    of our undergraduate students are Third Culture Kids.

  • 2,188 

    As of fall 2022, there are 2,188 degree-seeking students enrolled at Lewis & Clark College.

  • 1 of 7 

    L&C is one of seven Oregon schools to make the national Colleges of Distinction list in 2023–24.

  • 54 

    nationalities represented in our undergraduate student body

Invest in Yourself

A private liberal arts education is often more affordable than you think. Last year, Lewis & Clark distributed over $74 million in assistance from institutional, federal, state, and private sources. Additionally, we’re so confident that our first-year students will graduate with their bachelor of arts degree in four years that if you don’t, we’ll cover the extra semester of tuition.

Find Your People

Students can join a variety of student-run organizations that relate to their biochemistry and molecular biology major, like Math Club, Physics Club, and Pre-Health Club. Don’t see what you’re looking for on the club list? Start something new and build your own community of peers!

Where Lewis & Clark Will Take You

  • Claire posing outside, wearing a maroon top.

    The various lab classes I took at Lewis & Clark and my honors senior thesis taught me many skills, including becoming detail oriented, which has been extremely valuable for working in a lab every day.

    Claire Yung BA ’22
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | Fremont, California
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  • Jackson Thein '18

    I get to draw on my biochemistry, epidemiology, and public health L&C background pretty significantly in the work that I do with Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley’s office.

    Jackson Thein BA ’18
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | Burns, Oregon
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  • Holly Hale BA '19

    Lewis & Clark prepared me for my career by helping me develop a strong work ethic. I learned to wear many hats and balance responsibilities accordingly. My job is very dynamic, and I am grateful to already have the skill set needed to manage different roles and tasks.

    Holly Hale BA ’19
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | Stevensville, Montana
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