Towson University offers a bachelor's of science degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics (MB3). Students electing to pursue a degree in this major will take core courses encompassing all three areas of the major, as well as additional courses in a track that will allow them to specialize in one of those three areas.
Students obtaining a degree in the MB3 major will need to complete course work in one of three tracks. The Molecular Biology Track examines the molecular basis of life. Molecular biology uses molecular approaches to understand the processes of living systems, and has applications in all areas of biology. The Biochemistry Track also examines the molecules of life, with emphasis on the chemical structure and reactivity that shape biological function. The Bioinformatics Track involves the application of computer science to the study of the molecular basis of life.
The disciplines of molecular biology, biochemistry and bioinformatics have transformed our world. Molecular technology is now essential to the way we fight diseases, develop new crops, solve crimes, and learn about our world. The greater Baltimore area has a high concentration of opportunities in medical, clinical and biotechnology laboratories. The MB3 major prepares students for a wide range of career options. This is an excellent degree for students considering careers in biotechnology, as well as in biochemistry, bioinformatics, cell biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, or virology. It is also an excellent preparation for students considering medical or other professional schools. Classroom and laboratory experiences will provide the latest in the theoretical and practical aspects of these extremely dynamic and fast-moving fields. In addition, the actual practice of science - scientific research - plays a central role in this program. All faculty in the program are active scientists, and students will be exposed to scientific research through a mentoring program form the time they are admitted to the major. Prior to graduation, all students are required to carry out an independent research project in order to complete the major.
How Does the Mentoring Program Work?
Upon being admitted to the program, students will be assigned a faculty mentor. Students will meet collectively with their faculty mentor every other week. At these meetings, mentors will discuss their own research and other areas of interest, and students in the program will have the opportunity to describe their own experiences with research and the MB3 program. Since mentoring groups will be quite small (less than 8-10 students), students will have ample opportunity to discuss points of interest with their mentor and fellow students. We believe a familiarity with scientific research is essential to success in this field. By exposing students to the culture and practice of research throughout their undergraduate careers, culminating in a research project of their own, students will receive an undergraduate experience that will make them very competitive for the job market and professional and graduate programs.
What Careers are Offered in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics?
Students graduating from the MB3 program are prepared to pursue a number of exciting careers. Students may elect to further their education in graduate or medical schools, or they may go directly into careers in biotech, clinical or research laboratories. The MB3 major is an excellent undergraduate preparation for careers in:
disease research (including such diseases as AIDS, Alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease),
vaccine and pharmaceutical development and/or
The Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Bioinformatics (MB3) Program