Biochemistry combines approaches from chemistry, physics, and biology to study the fundamental mechanisms of living things. Additionally, biochemistry is the central discipline of the molecular biosciences and their biomedical applications.
Genetics and Cell Biology
Genetics is the science of heredity. It is studied at the level of the DNA itself, whole organisms, or whole populations. Geneticists use molecular approaches to investigate how genes determine physical traits, including susceptibility to diseases and inherited disorders.
Cell Biology focuses on the structure and function of the components of living cells (such as the cell membrane, the flagella responsible for cell movements, cell differentiation in developing organisms, abnormal cell division, and metabolic interactions between cell compartments).
Genetic Counseling Option
Microbiology is the study of organisms and viruses too small to be seen by the unaided eye. Microbiologists study all aspects of these organisms, including what they are, their lifecycle and metabolic capacity, their distribution in nature, and their relationship to each other and to other living things. Microbial engineering uses our current understanding of these organisms to develop new species with applications in (for example) bioremediation, alternative energy production, or pharmaceutical science.
Neuroscience is a cross-disciplinary major centered on studying the brain and the nervous system. It combines many traditional fields of study, including biology, psychology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, pharmacology, and physiology; and even engineering, mathematics, and computer science. The brain is perhaps the most remarkable phenomenon in the biological universe, controlling who we are and all that we do — from the regulation of our every function to the execution of complex thoughts and emotions.