The Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology (M & M), in the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences (BSBS), offers the BS in Biomedical Sciences. This thorough, but flexible undergraduate program provides an excellent preparation for graduate programs and the four year health science professional schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry, chiropractic, and physician assistant. Both the BS in Biomedical Sciences and the BS in Biotechnology meet all the admission requirements for medical/health professional schools and also prepare students for entry into the technical work force in the biotechnology and/or pharmaceutical and other medical technology industries.
The undergraduate program offers courses in the biomedical sciences including anatomy, molecular biology, cell biology, neurobiology, physiology, microbiology, and immunology. There are approximately 2300 students enrolled in the department’s undergraduate major in Biomedical Sciences and over 2500 when the other BS programs in M & M are included. In addition, we serve UCF students in a variety of other fields. Last year over 14,000 were enrolled in our courses. Students may enrich their education by participating in one of several student organizations or by working with faculty on directed research. The diverse research interests of the faculty in the department create a very rich environment for interdisciplinary research. Our faculty have expertise in a wide range of biomedical science specialties, including microbiology, immunology, infectious disease, cardiovascular biology, neurobiology, molecular biology, molecular parasitology, biotechnology, cancer biology and nanobiology.
The M & M program encourages and strongly supports participation of undergraduates in the exciting research being conducted by the faculty in cancer, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, and infectious diseases.
The department is one of the most rapidly expanding departments at the university, offering outstanding research and educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral trainees and faculty.