Welcome to the Biomolecular Sciences Department!
Our programs prepare students for careers in molecular, biomedical, and physiological research, as well as further study towards a variety of health careers (medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, etc). Student-centered research is at the heart of all of our degree programs. We believe that research experiences are critical for understanding of molecular biology and physiology and for career success. As such, all students conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member.
We offer two B.S. degrees in Biomolecular Sciences and participate in an interdisciplinary programing leading to a B.S. degree in Biochemistry. In addition, our Minor in Biomolecular Science complements many other degree programs. At the Graduate level we offer a Master's Degree in Biomolecular Science. Also, members of the Department are active in the Pre-Health Advisory Committee, which offers the Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-health Studies. This program is designed for students who have completed a Bachelors degree, but need additional coursework to meet admissions requirements for medical, dental, veterinary and other health related professional schools. Select academic programs for details on all degrees.
Some of the unique aspects of our department are:
All students have independent research experiences working closely with faculty mentors
Students travel to research conferences. We typically take 40-50 students a year to present their work.
Students gain research experiences using a variety of traditional model systems: mouse, C. elegans, fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster), zebrafish, and tissue culture systems. We also offer experiences with novel and/or emerging model systems such as planaria and mussel (Geukensia demissa).
We offer specialized facilities and equipment. These include: a cell culture facility, animal suites, histology facility, a microbiology lab (certified by the Connecticut State Department of Public Health), fluorescent microscopes, and Real-time PCR machine. These facilities complement our molecular biology laboratories equipped for studies of cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, genomics, microbiology, neurobiology, and physiology.
We provide many outreach programs to local middle and high schools. These programs provide Central Biomolecular Sciences students the opportunity to volunteer time and apply what they have learned. Our students assist in teaching laboratories and mentor high school students.