chemistry modelThe maturation of molecular and structural biology over the past half-century, combined with the exploding information of genomics and proteomics from recent genome sequencing projects, has made the molecular life sciences a critical, integrative area of study at the undergraduate level. The goal of the program in Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology (BBMB) is to offer interdisciplinary courses and a major at this interface of the physical and biological sciences. The curriculum focuses on the understanding of biological processes at the molecular and cellular level and seeks to prepare students to enter the rapidly developing research fields of biotechnology, biomedicine, and structural biology.

BBMB Program Learning Goals

Students graduating from Whitman College with a BBMB major will:

  • integrate concepts from biology, chemistry, and physics to understand the structure and function of biological molecules and the interactions of these molecules in cells and organisms
  • demonstrate the ability to read and critique the molecular life science literature
  • perform experiments to address a research question in the molecular life sciences
  • effectively communicate science orally and in writing