B.S. Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Do you like exploring and making discoveries in the biological and molecular sciences? 
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Do you like helping people and improving lives? Are you eager to make an impact? 

The Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ABMB) program at UW-Stout allows you to pursue these passions. Our students work closely with faculty to solve real-world problems as part of their coursework.

Once you enroll in the ABMB program, you become a member of a team that includes faculty, staff, and students working to improve human lives. You will explore, discover, and create solutions to pressing societal needs.

B.S. Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree will teach you skills in molecular biosciences to prepare you for work in genomic, diagnostic, medical and forensic fields. / UW-Stout
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We apply cutting-edge research methods in creative efforts such as the production of biofuels and pharmaceuticals, creating commodities from waste streams, and engineering more productive life forms. Working closely with instructors, you will assemble an enviable research portfolio and acquire the practical skills and knowledge you need for a successful career.

Our graduates are well prepared for work in genomic, diagnostic, medical, and forensic fields applying their skills in molecular biosciences. They work in government, academic, and private sector laboratories. ABMB graduates often enter graduate programs to receive additional training and advancement.

Careers in ABMB are financially rewarding and will continue to grow into the next century.

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Top reasons to pursue an ABMB degree at UW-Stout

  • Community of Scholars: Faculty eagerly share their research laboratories, knowledge, and teaching skills with students. Together, we will solve problems in synthetic biology, human health and disease, microbiology, immunology, protein chemistry, enzymology, and population biology. Become a member of this engaged community of scholars!
  • Courses: Recent molecular advances have fundamentally changed our understanding of living processes. You will use the tools of genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, and bioinformatics to better understand life’s molecular processes and improve society. Our curriculum prepares you to use these skills ethically, responsibly, and effectively. 
  • Embedded Research: The ABMB program is infused with original research experiences. Instructors will guide you on how to plan experiments, generate data, and share results. You will become a highly engaged learner and be prepared to tackle diverse challenges in society.
  • Health Care Professions: You may also be interested in pursuing a career in health care. An ABMB degree uniquely prepares you for success in professional schools that lead to professional opportunities as physicians, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, and biomedical researchers. Our graduates credit their UW-Stout training as key in attaining their goals. 

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Pre-Professional Study

The B.S. Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program can prepare undergraduate students who plan to continue their education in various graduate or professional schools or programs.

  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Veterinary

For additional information, please review the Pre-Professional Programs page.

Admissions Requirements

New Freshmen

  • Rank in the top 40 percent of your class (or for high schools that do not rank, earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) with a minimum ACT math score of 22 (or SAT equivalent)
    or
  • have a minimum ACT score of 22 (or SAT equivalent) with a minimum ACT math score of 22 (or SAT equivalent)

If you do not meet one of the academic requirements above, you will be admitted as a Pre-Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. You may then qualify for the Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major by completing the appropriate courses at UW-Stout.

Transfer Students

  • Rank in the top 40 percent of your class (or for high schools that do not rank, earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) with a minimum ACT math score of 22 (or SAT equivalent)
    or
  • have a minimum ACT composite score of 22 (or SAT equivalent) with a minimum ACT math score of 22 (or SAT equivalent)

If you do not meet one of the academic requirements above, you will be admitted as a Pre-Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. You may then qualify for the Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major by completing the appropriate courses at UW-Stout.

Objectives & Outcomes

Starting in your freshman year, you'll join a tightly-knit community of dedicated learners. Our students are curious, motivated and eager to participate in applied research projects both inside and outside the classroom. UW-Stout recently created a student chapter of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. You, too can join these students as they deeply immerse themselves in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology and become part of the larger scientific community. 

Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply chemical principles and energy transfer to molecular life processes,
  2. Summarize fundamental concepts across the biological sciences with focus on flow of information and molecular structure/function relationships,
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in experimental design, laboratory methodology, and data analysis,
  4. Implement modes of communication relevant to life-science professions, and
  5. Create effective team-based work groups.
Career Opportunities

Market Demand

A recent analysis showed that national employer demand for individuals with degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology skills increased every six-month period from 2013 to 2015, for a total of a 75 percent increase during that period. In regional states (i.e., Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota), comparable employer demand increased 64 percent.  

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a seven percent annual increase in demand, resulting in about 97,600 new jobs nationally.  

The Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program can lead to an intellectually and financially rewarding career, so join and become part of the next generation of scientists.

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