UNCOVER THE MYSTERIES
As a molecular biology major at ONU, you’ll map genes using fruit flies, test the ability of chemicals to mutate DNA, and clone genes. You’ll explore exciting breakthroughs in stem cell technology and microRNA molecules and debate the ethical and social issues involved.
Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention and opportunity you’ll find here. As a freshman, you’ll be in the lab working with real professors – not graduate assistants or lab instructors. Throughout your four years, you’ll design and conduct your own experiments, work on independent projects, and assist professors with grant-funded research. Most molecular biology students present their research at regional and national conferences.
From the time you arrive on campus until you graduate, you’ll be guided by a faculty advisor. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships with your fellow molecular biology majors. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will support you in your coursework, research, internships, co-ops, and post-graduate or career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success – in college and beyond.
From writing a mock grant to spending a semester studying abroad, from presenting your research at a national conference to heading up a student organization – the opportunities open to you are truly incredible!
Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to make important scientific contributions. You’ll be armed with the knowledge, hands-on experience and critical-thinking skills needed for success – no matter where your path leads you.
Molecular biology majors have an exclusive opportunity for summer research through the Polar Research Experience Program in Molecular Biology (PREP-MB). Students selected receive a $1,600 stipend and spend five weeks in the summer conducting research with ONU professors. PREP-MB prepares students for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs and graduate school in molecular biology or biomedical sciences.
SCIENTISTS IN THE HOUSE
Every year, we bring renowned life science scholars to campus to share their discoveries – and their journeys – with students. Recent speakers for the Keiser Distinguished Lectureship in Life Sciences have included Renee Pera, an internationally recognized stem cell scientist, and David Quammen, a noted science writer describing the impact of viruses in a globalized world.
KYLE STINEHART BS WITH A MAJOR IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY ’11, BSBA ’11
Molecular biology is an excellent field for anyone interested in medicine, research or a career that blends the two. So many advances in medicine today stem directly from the field of molecular biology. I enjoy the opportunity to work with new people every day. The connection that a doctor can make with a patient and his or her family is an incredible privilege.
Kyle Stinehart majored in molecular biology because he knew it would be an excellent foundation for medical school. At ONU, he was an active volunteer who chaired Relay for Life and spent spring breaks building homes for Habitat for Humanity. He also was a founding member of Northern Without Borders, an ONU medical mission group that completes projects in the Dominican Republic. Kyle recently received his MD from the West Virginia University School of Medicine, and he’s embarked on residency training in internal medicine at Ohio State University. He wants to carve out a career that blends clinical practice with health administration and public policy.
OUTCOMES AND COURSES
- Over the past five years, an average of 90 percent of our molecular biology majors were employed full-time in their field or enrolled in graduate or medical school within six months of graduating.
- Our molecular biology students consistently obtain impressive Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) for the summer – beating out their peers at other institutions for these coveted spots. Recent students have completed REUs at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, Harvard, Scripps and Washington University.
- Our graduates get accepted into top-notch graduate schools, including Vanderbilt University, University of Cincinnati Medical School, University of Kentucky and Baylor College of Medicine.
- Starting salary potential: Research Technician (BS): $30,000 - $55,000 Research Scientist (MS or PhD): $75,000 average (Range $50,000 - $100,000).
You’ll need a total of 70 credit hours in within the major to earn your B.S. in Molecular Biology. The molecular biology major provides the classroom and laboratory experience necessary for students to pursue careers in biomedical research or biotechnology , as well as providing the necessary preparation for graduate school and medical school.
Some of the courses that you will take as a molecular biology major include:
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology
- Advanced Topics in Cell Biology
WHERE COULD YOU END UP?
- Research assistant
- Genetic counselor
- Pharmaceutical representative
- Health educator
- University professor
- Research scientist
Check out where some of our recent molecular biology graduates have ended up: Research Technician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH, Research Assistant at University Hospital Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH and Graduate Schools such as Harvard, Stanford, Vanderbilt University, University of Cincinnati, Ohio University, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Kentucky and Harvard University.
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