About Molecular Biology
Focus on research as you prepare for a dynamic career in science.
Molecular biology is a key part of leading-edge fields such as biotechnology, pharmaceutical development, and medical and clinical diagnostics. With a molecular biology degree from PennWest California, you’ll be prepared for a research career in these exciting fields, or ready to enter graduate-level programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or the life sciences.
Molecular biologists explore the structure and function of biological molecules – how molecules such as DNA and proteins work. These experts employ techniques for isolating, studying and manipulating biological molecules, and apply those skills to research in areas such as vaccine development, DNA editing and creation of genetically modified organisms.
As a molecular biology major at PennWest California, you’ll gain the knowledge and technical skills to embark on a career that probes the building blocks of life.
Molecular biology majors build confidence with hands-on lab experience.
PennWest California’s research-focused program emphasizes hands-on experience in the laboratory. Molecular biology majors in this on-campus program study all aspects of the field, including cell imaging and cell culture, DNA analysis and sequencing, protein analysis, and enzyme assays. Most courses include a laboratory component where students learn firsthand how to:
- Identify, isolate and analyze biological molecules.
- Culture cells and tissues.
- Study the physiological processes of tissues and cells.
Small class sizes enable molecular biology majors to receive individual attention from faculty as they learn to use scientific instruments and practice new skills, including advanced techniques in cell culture, genetic engineering and DNA analysis.