Majoring in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology


This major is a convergence of many scientific fields, including modern biological chemistry, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, botany and biology. It covers all requirements for the Medical College Admission Test. Your experience is defined not only by the quality of research facilities (ours are new, clean and well-equipped) but also by your relationships with peers and faculty. Labs are capped at 14 students, allowing for maximum interaction, instruction and sharing of ideas. Small classes mean you also gain experience with oral presentations and scientific writing in a research-oriented atmosphere. By the time you graduate, you will be proficient in the use of computers to model chemical systems and control lab instruments.

Research opportunities

You spend a lot of time working with professors on innovative research in their fields. We view teaching and research with students as a single unified activity. You might spend your summers working with faculty through the Keck Foundation program or a fellowship funded by the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health. Many students co-author articles in scientific journals with professors and present their work at major research seminars in the United States and abroad. Some go overseas to continue their research, participating in an ongoing collaboration with scientists at the University of Bologna.

Study abroad

Study abroad for a semester or participate in one of the College's own Study Away Teach Away (SATA) programs. Through SATA, you travel to destinations like South Africa or Italy and take classes with a Connecticut College professor and faculty at local universities.

What can you do with a majorcertificate in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology?

Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:

  • Health Physicist, National Institute of Standards & Technology
  • Chemist, Pfizer Inc.
  • Genetic Toxicologist, SRI International
  • Community Health Corps Member, Staywell Community Health Center
  • Research Technician, National Institute of Standards & Technology
  • Research and Development Associate, Alexion Pharmaceuticals
  • Science Teacher, West Haven Public Schools
  • Assistant Professor, Illinois State University
  • Legislative Director, The Environmental League
  • Pharmacist, Mediplex Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Surgeon, Hartford Hospital
  • Registered Nurse, Tufts Medical Center
  • Professor and Department Chair, University of Tennessee Medical Center
  • Lab Technician, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Research Scientist, Memory Pharmaceuticals
  • Genetics PhD Candidate, Duke University
  • Clinical Project Manager, Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership
  • Research Assistant, University of Connecticut Health Center


Phillip Barnes, Associate Professor of Biology Phillip Barnes, Associate Professor of Biology

Phillip Barnes, Associate Professor of Biology
Genetics • Evolution of complex quantitative traits • Insect flight

Vicki Fontneau, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry Vicki Fontneau, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

Vicki Fontneau, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry
Protein biochemistry • Laboratory safety • Chemistry education

Maureen Ronau, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry Maureen Ronau, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

Maureen Ronau, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry
Analytical chemistry • Organic chemistry

Tanya L. Schneider, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Tanya L. Schneider, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Tanya L. Schneider, Assistant Professor of Chemistry  (On sabbatical 2014-2015 academic year)
Biochemistry • Biosynthesis of natural products • Antibiotic resistance • Enzymology

Student profile

Shannon Brady Shannon Brady

Biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology

Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: The feel of the campus definitely contributed to my decision, but it was also based on how the sciences blend with liberal arts here. I loved that I could combine my passion for photography and science without having to pick one or major in both.

Q: What is it like to study science at Connecticut College?
A: The chemistry and biology departments are so personal. All the professors make an effort to get to know you, even if you aren’t in their classes. The classes are challenging and rewarding and leave you with a sense of accomplishment. The ability to participate in research as undergraduates is rare for such a small school. Even if you don’t participate in formal independent research, the techniques you learn in the lab are extremely valuable down the road.

Q: What role has CELS (the College's career development and internship program) played in your experience?
A: My CELS counselor gave me a contact at Smilow Cancer Hospital who directed me to the head of The Breast Center there. I now have an internship at Yale Medical School working with immunodeficient mice as models for breast cancer and diabetes. Without CELS and the funding it offers, it would have been nearly impossible to design this kind of internship.

Selected courses

  • Genetics
  • Molecular Development
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Structure and Dynamics
  • Organic Spectroscopic Methods


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