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Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Middletown, CT, United States
The Molecular Biology and Biochemistry program of Wesleyan University has courses that focus on the molecular basis of life — on mechanisms by which cells process, integrate, and act on information to create and propagate living organisms.
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In keeping with the culture of liberal education at Wesleyan University, the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry program of Wesleyan University is designed to accommodate a broad range of academic interests and allow students to concentrate in particular disciplines such as molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, cell biology, genetics, epigenetics, genomics, and computational modeling. 

The interdisciplinary nature and flexibility of the MB&B major also enables students to couple their affinity for biological sciences with other majors, including chemistry, mathematics and computer science, science in society, psychology, government, economics, etc. MB&B provides foundational training for a range of professional careers in medicine, public health, pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry, public policy, science journalism, and teaching, among others. We welcome students of all interests and backgrounds to join us.

Student Learning Goals

  • Acquire mastery of core foundational knowledge of molecular biology and biochemistry
  • Acquire selective familiarity with our primary literature and bioinformatic databases
  • Achieve familiarity with major questions at the forefront of our field
  • Acquire mastery of analytical, quantitative, and creative approaches to analyze problems in our field and to synthesize them in order to create logical hypotheses and experimental plans
  • Acquire ability to use multidisciplinary approaches to synthesize a cogent experimental plan
  • Acquire mastery of important methodologies in our field
  • Acquire mastery of a subset of hands-on methodologies in our field
  • Acquire proficiency in oral, written, and visual modes of effective scientific communication

Study Abroad

Like all Wesleyan students, MB&B majors often choose to study abroad for a semester or more.  In the past few years, MB&B majors have visited Australia, Chile, Denmark, South Africa, England, France, Tanzania, and Germany, among other countries.  During their semester abroad, MB&B majors may choose to take courses that satisfy their major or general education requirements, and may also arrange to do research at the host institution.  Decisions about whether courses taken abroad can count for credit towards the MB&B major are made the department on a case-by-case basis.  Students must have the appropriate “course approval” form signed before departure by the Chair of the MB&B department, and be sure to inform the Chair if they make changes to their schedule on arrival at their host institution.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of Biology I: Cell Biology and Molecular Basis of Heredity
  • General Chemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences
  • Biochemistry

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Completed Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Secondary School Report and official high school transcripts
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Mid-year Grade Report
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • $55 Application Fee (non-refundable) or Fee Waiver
  • If you wish to submit your SAT or ACT as proof of English proficiency, you must submit all sections of the SAT or ACT.
  • A high degree of proficiency in English, as described below, must also be demonstrated.
  • A strong secondary school preparation in English, social science, science, mathematics, and a foreign language.
  • Candidates studying at schools outside the US who have taken national examinations for university admission (A levels, French Baccalaureate, ISC, International Baccalaureate, etc.) are expected to have achieved superior results.
  • Interviews are not required as part of the admissions process, but we encourage prospective students to arrange them if possible.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    59086 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 59086 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    59086 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 59086 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Middletown

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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