At Defiance College, the molecular biology program explores the explosion of information in modern biology, focusing on the building blocks of life and how they assemble into cells, tissues, and organisms. Special attention is given to nucleic acids and proteins and the techniques currently used in industry, research, and government labs.
Working closely with professors, students experience first-hand the cloning of genes, genetic fingerprinting, and the analysis of proteins. Student-centered learning allows majors to focus on topics that interest them and will prove valuable for their career objectives.
All molecular biology majors will earn a minor in chemistry upon completion of the molecular biology degree requirements.
200 internship hours are an integral component of the molecular biology major. The focus of the internship depends on the student’s area of interest and is available in a variety of professional settings. Whether it is shadowing a physician at a regional hospital or assisting a veterinarian in their clinic, the internship gives glimpses into possible career choices. The internship itself will provide real-world, on-site learning experience and training in the student’s selected interest. Students are encouraged to choose an assortment of internship experiences to round out their education.
Benefits of the Program
Defiance College offers science students hands-on lab experiences that feed their
natural curiosity. Small-sized labs allow students to engage actively with faculty
and establish strong, positive relationships. Through the McMaster School, students
have the opportunity to travel to another part of the world and complete a project
of their own design, thereby growing their skills in identifying issues and problem-solving
while nurturing a global perspective. Molecular biology majors have completed projects
in Cambodia and Belize on issues such as water quality, and providing education for
illnesses, first aid, and water safety.
The science division at Defiance College offers pre-professional programs in the areas
of medicine, veterinary, dentistry, optometry, and chiropractic. Upon completion of
the program, students are prepared to take entrance exams and apply to graduate professional
school. Pre-professional programs offer all the classes required for acceptance into
professional and graduate schools. DC students have had great success getting into
these programs because of the depth of their knowledge gained here. This is made possible
due to small class sizes, tailored individual instruction, and undergraduate research
opportunities. Course selection is individualized from a broad range of science courses
After College — What’s Next?
The molecular biology program permits the most career flexibility of the natural science majors. The program prepares students for graduate school, medical school, veterinary school, dental school, laboratory-based research, or similar professional careers.
Recent molecular biology graduates have found positions in a variety of professional schools such as:
● Medical schools
"A combination of factors worked well for me as a molecular biology major. My passion
for the subjects and the accessibility of the professors created the prospect for
--Braden Watchmann, 2014 Graduate
"Defying the ordinary is exactly what I think of when I think about the molecular
biology program at Defiance College. The professors are extremely personable and willing
to share their experiences with students. This environment fosters not only individual
guidance but also a feeling of team comradery. The vast research options (both domestic
and international) as an individual or a team member helps students gain valuable
experience as well as stand out from their peers. The learning environment helps you
think critically and at the cellular level, not only about what’s going on but looking
at future implications and problems. The molecular biology program will help you defy
the ordinary and make you stand out from your peers, helping secure a spot wherever
you wish after Defiance College."
--Dakota Keller, 2014 Graduate
"In the modern interdisciplinary world of science, molecular biology touches almost
all sciences ranging from physics, chemistry, and, of course, biology. Our program
at Defiance College will give you the background preparation needed to succeed in
a career in the sciences. This major is also the best preparation for most professional
programs such as medicine, pharmacy, veterinary school, dental school, and many others."
Nathan Griggs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Alyson Laframboise, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Somnath Dutta, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry