Skills :

  • Understand the principles of mechanics and thermodynamics, including topics in circular, fluid, and oscillatory motion, and the fundamentals of electricity and magnetism, light and wave motion
  • Understand the fundamentals of molecular biology of animal physiology, including cell structure, DNA transcription, translation, cell signaling, immunologic system,nerve function and functions of animal organ systems
  • Be knowledgeable of different structures and physiologies of organisms, and understand evolution and animal behavior as well as ecology
  • Be able to separate, purify and analyze organic compounds, synthesize molecules through single and multi-step mechanisms and be knowledgeable of spectroscopic methods
  • Know techniques used in molecular genetics such as manipulation of microorganisms, sub-cloning DNA into vectors , sequencing, of DNA, detection of specific DNA sequences with the polymerase chain reaction and DNA microarrays, and the preparation of DNA
  • Know common techniques to isolate enzymes and other proteins and biomolecules, which include fractional precipitation, electrophoresis, gel filtration, ion exchange chromatography and various analyses

Transferable Skills :

  • Understand the principles of mechanics and thermodynamics, including topics in circular, fluid, and oscillatory motion, and the fundamentals of electricity and magnetism, light and wave motion
  • Ability of identifying the settings which will provide the optimum results, and calculating and/or approximating different physical properties pertaining to molecules by using mathematics
  • Ability of communicating ideas and concepts both orally and in writing
  • Ability of working in a team or independently for projects
  • Be capable of applying other related disciplines, such as mathematics, physics, and engineering, to the major
  • Identify, evaluate and analyze complex reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction, growth and heredity

Employers :

  • Armed Services
  • Commercial medical laboratories
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Energy
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Hospital laboratories
  • Independent research foundations


  • Industries: Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Food processing, Cosmetic, Chemical, Petroleum, Agricultural
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • Private testing laboratories including forensics
  • Public health departments
  • State and local government laboratories/agencies
  • University laboratories

Last Updated: 8/11/16