Prospective Students

Considering Biochemistry & Molecular Biology?

The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB) program at UMass Amherst offers a rigorous and exciting major designed for motivated undergraduates who want a program that emphasizes faculty contact and hands-on research.

Recommended Prerequisites

The program for BMB majors emphasizes instruction in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology. Upper level courses in biochemistry build on this foundation, and prepare students well for either employment or further study.

BMB may be a good fit for you if you are strong in:

  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

AP credit in these areas is a plus.

Independent Research

BMB majors can earn Independent Research credits for time spent working on a research project. Students typically start a project in the fall semester of the Junior year. Learn more about our faculty and their research.


Sophomores with a grade point average of 3.4 or better are urged to consult with the Chief Undergraduate Advisor and Departmental Honors Coordinator about the Commonwealth Honors College. BMB Departmental Honors includes a year of laboratory research and a thesis.

Career Options

A BMB degree prepares you for opportunities in a wide range of fields, including:

  • Graduate programs in biochemistry, molecular genetics, immunology, pharmacology, virology, physiology, and nutrition
  • Professional schools for medical, dental, pharmacy, and optometry
  • Positions with biotechnology companies, the food industries, clinical laboratories, scientific equipment suppliers, the government, universities, and medical laboratories

If You Would Like to Visit

Call our main office at (413) 545-0352 or email if you would like to meet with someone in the BMB. Please give us at least 72hrs notice so we can accomodate your visit.

If you are interested in gaining research experience in a college setting before you graduate high school, a Summer College Research Intensive may be a good fit for you.