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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #901 (ARWU) North Adams, MA, United States
The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology program at Williams College is designed to allow students to explore living systems in molecular terms. While chemistry is concerned with the relationship between molecular structure and reactions, and biology focuses on cells and organisms, biochemistry and molecular biology probe the details of the structures and interactions of molecules in living systems.
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The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology program at Williams College as been structured to provide students the necessary background in biology and chemistry, a solid introduction to biochemistry and molecular biology, and the opportunity, through a wide choice of electives, to explore many areas of modern molecular biology and biochemistry.

What is a Program at Williams?

The college’s curriculum describes Programs in the following way: “In addition to majoring in a field, a student may choose to concentrate elective courses on a single topic or area, such as African and Middle Eastern Studies; African-American Studies; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Environmental Studies; Neuroscience; Science and Technology Studies; or Women’s and Gender Studies. 

Descriptions of such possible co-ordinate programs appear under the appropriate heading in ‘Courses of Instruction.’ If the co-ordinate program courses are directly related to the major, a student may be allowed to reduce the number of courses required to complete the major.”

BIMO Program Learning Objectives

The interdisciplinary course content comprising the BIMO Program includes introductory and upper level courses in both the biology and chemistry departments. 

Learning outcomes for the students completing the concentration include the following:

  • Students will learn foundational/fundamental content in introductory courses and more advanced and specialized content in upper level classes of their choosing.
  • Students will learn how to develop experimental hypotheses and design appropriate experiments in classes and laboratories.
  • Students will develop skills in collaborating effectively while conducting laboratory projects.
  • Students will gain proficiency in reading, understanding and critically evaluating research literature while developing oral and written communication skills.
  • Students will gain an appreciation for the ways that molecular, biological and chemical approaches complement each other in exploring fundamental processes in biological systems.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Concepts of Chemistry
  • Principles of Modern Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry: Introductory Level
  • Genetics
  • Organic Chemistry: Intermediate Level
  • Advanced Chemical Concepts
  • Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants ONLY)
  • SAT or ACT
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for North Adams

  • 876 - 1820 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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