Chemical Biology

Chemical Biology

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Biology

Chemical biology is the application of exact science, particularly chemistry, to the understanding and utilization of biological phenomena. The scientific approach to understanding living systems ultimately leads to the cell - the basis of all living systems. Modern biology focuses on how cells originate, differentiate, multiply and function, with emphasis on their molecular components, their chemical and physical properties and their interaction.

The Stevens program in chemical biology provides excellent preparation for the student to pursue a career in medicine, and satisfies requirements for admission to professional schools of medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine. Our program features the study of cell and molecular biology, molecular genetics, physiology, biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, organic and physical chemistry and instrumental analysis. Equipped with this rigorous background - and here is where the Stevens chemical biology program differs from traditional biology and pre-medicine programs - our graduates also find employment in industrial research and pathology laboratories. Many continue their studies at the graduate level in the biological sciences, biochemistry, chemistry or biophysics.

Chemical biology includes genetic engineering, the design and modification of genetic material, and molecular biology. It is an exciting field at the very core of biotechnology. Today’s biology laboratory is equipped with sophisticated instrumentation to stimulate muscle tissue and measure action potentials; to determine the size, shape and electrical charge of protein molecules; and to follow reactions within the cell. Biologists can study biological phenomena under controlled conditions to explore the mechanisms governing growth, differentiation, behavior, evolution and aging - knowledge that provides a foundation for modern medicine. The field of medicine relies heavily on modern biology.

The chemical biology program is certified in Chemistry by the American Chemical Society (ACS) if CH 412 Inorganic Chemistry is chosen as the General Elective in Term VIII. The course sequence is shown below.

Chemical Biology course sequence

B.S. in Chemical Biology - Concentration in Bioanalytical Chemistry

The extreme complexity - and fragility - of biological molecules has made it necessary to develop special techniques and instrumentation for their detection and analysis. These methods were employed in the Human Genome Project, and have become vital in drug development efforts and in the field called Chemical Ecology. The bioanalytical chemist is a valued scientist in medical and biomedical research and in the pharmaceutical, flavors, and fragrances industries.The program in Bioanalytical Chemistry is built on the foundations of Chemical Biology. After the first two years in the regular Chemical Biology Program, the Bioanalytical Chemistry student begins concentrating on special techniques such as mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance, and separations.

Special Programs - Accelerated Chemical Biology

Stevens offers the opportunity to enroll in special combined degree programs in medicine or dentistry that allow students to earn a B.S. in Chemical Biology from Stevens, and either the M.D. degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)- New Jersey Medical School, or the D.M.D. degree from UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School, in a total of seven years.

Students admitted into one of these special programs will be enrolled in the Accelerated Chemical Biology Program. Participants in these programs take a heavy course load during the first three years of the program at Stevens, and enter the medical or dental school at the start of the fourth year. Transfer credit for courses taken in the first year of study at the affiliated medical/dental school are used to complete the requirements of the B.S. degree. Enrollment in the accelerated chemical biology program is restricted to students admitted to these special programs.

Information on applying to these special accelerated programs can be found at Undergraduate Admissions.