Molecular Biology Specialization

One of the most exciting challenges of modern science lies in unraveling how genes and their DNA control living organisms. Manipulating DNA has become a vital part of all areas of biology, from laboratory research to practical applications in biotechnology, medicine and agriculture. If you are intrigued by understanding life at its most basic level, you might choose to major in biology with a specialization in molecular biology.

Molecular biology draws on core principles of physical science, informatics, genetics and cellular biology to understand how DNA works and how it can be used in new technologies to serve human needs and to advance our understanding of how living organisms function.

As an Alverno molecular biology student, a select program of biology and physical science courses will introduce you to the variety of theories and techniques that can be applied to DNA. Your beginning courses follow the sequence of the biology major. In the intermediate courses, your studies become more focused on the sciences that gave rise to molecular biology and the disciples that intensively use molecular technology today. In your advanced work, you become increasingly skilled in learning through laboratory experiences and scientific literature. Throughout your studies you will examine the impact of molecular biology in ethical and societal debates.

Real world internship experiences
Alverno's internship program will connect you with professional molecular biologists and will give you the opportunity to apply and learn the newest laboratory techniques in this rapidly changing field.

Sample list of courses

  • biochemistry
  • organic chemistry
  • analytical separations
  • cellular biology
  • genetics
  • molecular biology

Career options
A molecular biologist might apply her training and interests in any area of biology and its diverse professional applications. Biotechnology, pharmaceutical science, medicine, forensic science, agriculture and environmental sciences offer particularly exciting challenges. You might want to apply your molecular biology degree to law, business, communications or other fields outside the sciences. Your molecular biology training might be central to your professional career, or it may play a supporting role. In the future, the alliance of molecular biology and physical sciences may lead to yet-unknown opportunities in emerging fields.

Your Next Step
To find out more about Alverno's molecular biology program, contact the Alverno Admissions office. An Admissions Counselor can answer your questions about the program, admissions, credit transfers and financial aid.

Call 414-382-6100, toll-free 1-800-933-3401 or e-mail Admissions.