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Schmid College of Science and Technology

» Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

To study the chemical and physicochemical processes and substances that occur within living organisms is fundamental to scientific knowledge.

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program is part of the CHEMISTRY and BIOCHEMISTRY ACADEMIC UNIT in Schmid College of Science and Technology of Chapman University.

Students in the program have a wide variety of options regarding specialization into topics and areas of interest. These areas prepare the students to meet major scientific and technological challenges, such as discovering potential drugs in experimental therapeutics, discovering markers of disease, engineering nanomaterials with characteristics of blood platelets, improving the nitrogen fixation for more environmentally friendly agriculture through genetic engineering, discovering the effect of nutrition on the human genome, and several more.

Schmid College of Science and Technology offers a top-tier faculty of scientists currently engaged with students in research projects relating to the above-mentioned science areas. Through hands-on experiential learning, we prepare our students for professions in traditional biochemistry and molecular biology/genetics areas and forward-looking interdisciplinary fields, as well as post-graduate studies in biochemistry, pharmacy, food science, human and veterinary, medicine, dentistry, forensics, business, and law.

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+ - Where can this degree take you?

Our research activities are representative of many contemporary disciplines in academia, industry, and government, and prepare students graduating with our BMB degree for the competitive workforce active in various fields.

Major advances in these areas now come from an understanding of molecular biochemistry and biochemical technology, and as such, our degree prepares students for:

  • medical, dental, pharmacy, and other allied health care fields
  • graduate school in various bioscience fields
  • employment as a biochemist or biomedical scientist in government and industries which involve recombinant DNA technologies, stem cell research, gene therapy, drug design, genomics and proteomics, genetic engineering and molecular biology

+ - Accelerated Undergraduate/M.S. Degree Programs

The BMB degree also offers a path to various integrated degree programs:

Learn More about Integrate Degree Programs

+ - Faculty

Our Faculty scientists are well connected with and recognized by local institutions, including the University of California at Irvine (UCI), the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), Medtronic, and others.

Furthermore, several Faculty are jointly appointed with other Chapman Colleges and Schools, including the Crean School of Health and Behavioral Sciences in Orange and the School of Pharmacy at Chapman University's Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine.

Our Faculty in alphabetical order

Dr. Marco Bisoffi
Associate Professor, Head of Faculty

Dr. Elaine Benaksas-Schwartz
Associate Professor, Director of Chemistry, Assistant Dean of External Relations

Dr. Nicolai Bonne
Assistant Professor

Dr. Peter Chang
Assistant Professor

Dr. Warren de Bruyn
Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Matthew Gartner
Associate Professor

Dr. Christopher Kim
Professor, Associate Dean of Academic Programs

Dr. Jerry LaRue
Assistant Professor

Dr. Allegra Liberman-Martin
Assistant Professor

Dr. L. Andrew Lyon
Professor, Founding Dean of Fowler School of Engineering

Dr. John Miklavcic
Assistant Professor

Dr. Maduka Ogba
Assistant Professor

Dr. Justin O'Neill
Assistant Professor, Director of Lab Safety

Dr. Cedric Owens
Assistant Professor

Dr. Melissa Rowland-Goldsmith
Associate Professor

Dr. Dan Wellman
Associate Professor

Faculty Emeriti

Dr. Mike Griffin
Professor, Founder of the Chapman University BMB Program

Looking for someone in particular? View our searchable faculty directory.

+ - Research Opportunities and Capstone Experience

Students graduating with a BMB degree conduct independent research projects (the capstone experience) under the mentorship of research active Faculty members at Chapman University who are funded internally by the Office of Academic Excellence or have secured extramural support from reputable foundations, including:

  • National Science Foundation
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Department of Defense
  • American Chemical Society

Students can also assume internship positions at local companies, or work at other academic institutions (upon approval from Chapman Faculty) towards fulfilling their capstone requirement. 

Through these connections and collaborations, Faculty scientists and students are currently researching fascinating topics such as:

  • How pomegranate juice extract and caffeine inhibit pancreatic cancer cell growth
  • How synthetic analogs of curcumin suppress prostate and pancreatic cancer cells
  • What signal transduction pathways define pre-malignant prostate cancer cells
  • What biomarkers of prostate cancer can be used for better diagnosis
  • How nanoparticles and cell-penetrating peptides can be used as drug-delivery systems
  • How molecules and extracellular vesicles released from muscle affect cancer cells
  • What genetic, biochemical, and structural mechanisms regulate the catalysis of biological nitrogen fixation and the bacterial conversion of dinitrogen to ammonia by the enzyme nitrogenase
  • How functional foods and nutraceuticals regulate gene function (nutrigenomics).
  • How computational and molecular modeling tools can be used to investigate the underlying physical and chemical factors governing molecular structure, reaction mechanisms, and catalysis in organocatalyzed reactions.
  • How informatics tools can be used for the rapid mining, analysis, and visualization of chemical data.
  • How to design and synthesize new main group catalysts for sustainable organic and polymer chemistry and how to study reaction mechanisms to understand catalyst performance.

Additionally, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology Dr. Marco Bisoffi dedicates his time to studying cancer, specifically of the breast and prostate. Giving Chapman University students a special and rare opportunity at the undergraduate level, Bisoffi works side by side with students in the lab to generate data on this vital research endeavor.

+ - Internship Opportunities

Chapman University is located in the heart of Orange County, California, amidst hundreds of biomedical, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies. We have strong partnerships with many of these organizations who have come to trust the caliber of Chapman science students. Each semester, our students participate in internships with industry and community partners like:

  • Irvine Ranch Water District
  • Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP)
  • Medtronic, medical technology
  • Masimo, medical technology
  • Spectrum Chemical Manufacturing Group
  • UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND)
  • Children’s Hospital of Orange County
  • City of Hope
  • ECOS, plant-derived green agents
  • Irvine Scientific, biotherapeutics

+ - Advising for Students

Schmid College-wide Academic Advising sessions occur in October and April and will be announced to all students in advance. At these events, students can continuously plan their academic curriculum with knowledgeable Faculty and peer advisors to make sure that they are on track towards a successful graduation.

Need to talk to your program advisor? Looking for a MAP (Major Academic Plan)? Curious about Pre-Med and Pre-Health? Check out these links below:

Academic Advising portal: Find program advisor contact information and Major Academic Plans

Pre-Med and Pre-Health Advising

+ - Women in Science and Technology Student Organization

Women in Science and Technology (WIST) is an academic club on campus geared towards empowering women interested in STEM careers at Chapman.

We do this by providing a platform for professional development support, such as resume and interview workshops, speaker presentations, and by helping to identify research and internship opportunities on campus. WIST also conducts social activities, where members get a chance to meet other students in their own and related fields.

+ - American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) is an organization for undergraduate biochemistry, chemistry, and molecular biology students looking to enhance their college experience and prepare them for successful careers. While preparing for the future together, strong bonds are formed between members at different events and activities.

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Keck Center for Science and Engineering

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Contact Us

Sarah Carranza
Administrative Assistant
Keck Center 290
(714) 628-7233

Dr. Marco Bisoffi
Associate Professor, Program Director 
Keck Center 235
(714) 516-5961