Some students complete the Post Baccalaureate Pre-Med Program and decide to pursue laboratory science rather than medicine. Mills College provides a certificate program in biochemistry and molecular biology for these individuals. The certificate program is intended for students with a serious commitment to qualify for graduate study in biochemistry and molecular biology, molecular genetics, developmental biology, and other postgraduate science programs. It also provides excellent training for a variety of careers, such as laboratory research, science teaching, science writing, or patent law. The program consists of course work equivalent to that required for a BA degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at Mills. Individuals apply to this program through the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program; work for this certificate can usually be completed in one year after completion of the requirements for the Post Baccalaureate Pre-Med Program. At minimum, students must complete more than half of their course work for the certificate at Mills and must attain a Mills GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Committee, composed of biology and chemistry faculty members, administers the program and advises students wishing to complete the certificate. Students use the excellent laboratory facilities of the Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Departments and are also encouraged to expand their research experience by enrolling in a directed research course or by participating in a summer research project on or off campus.

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Last Updated: 6/9/17