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BMB students follow a rewarding, integrated curriculum in biology and chemistry that focuses on understanding the molecular basis of the chemistry of life. Our students learn the concepts and laboratory skills underlying the disciplines and tools of bioinformatics, genomics and proteomics.

The BMB program at Benedictine has a more than 95% placement rate into graduate/professional schools or industry positions following graduation. Our graduates have gained admission into competitive professional programs in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. Biochemistry is also becoming increasingly valued in the premedical and health professional undergraduate curriculum as the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) now has a stronger focus on biochemistry. The BMB program also teaches students to perform current research techniques on state-of-the-art equipment. Only a few undergraduate colleges and universities the size of Benedictine have ready access to the same caliber of highly specialized equipment.

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Students in the BMB programs have the opportunities to

Pursue an interdisciplinary degree that follows the guidelines of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Use the latest techniques in molecular biology and biochemical research that lead to careers in rapidly evolving and exciting areas of biotechnology, genetic engineering and pharmaceutical development.
Participate in a productive and nationally recognized undergraduate research program that has received external funding from federal agencies and the private sector
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BS requirements - Lisle
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What our Graduates have done with this Degree

BMB Alumni

Our alumni work at companies such as Abbott Laboratories, Wrigley, AbbVie, Walgreen Co., U.S. Drug Testing Laboratories Inc., Merck & Co., Baxter International, EdwardElmhurst Health, Mayo Clinic, The University of Chicago and more. BMB students place into well-known graduate and professional schools, including Northwestern University, Georgetown University, University of Michigan, The Ohio State University, Drexel University, Rush University, Midwestern University and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

Sample Courses

• BIOL 2260: Recombinant DNA Laboratory
• BIOL 3372: Genomics and Bioinformatics
• CHEM 3231: Instrumental Analysis
• CHEM 4365: Cellular Metabolism

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All students have opportunities to do internships, clinical practicums, or investigative and applied research.


Students regularly publish their work in professional science and health care journals with their faculty mentors.

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I loved Benedictine’s campus and was extremely excited about the premedical aspect of the curriculum. The strengths of the school center around the Benedictine community. My professors had a vested interest in my success and were willing to help out in any way to promote that success. They were the ones who helped me find my passion for sports medicine. Caring for athletes occurs across all spectrums of medicine, and there are ways to involve yourself early if you are interested. My advice to anyone interested in medicine is to pursue your interests even if they are not directly related to medicine and to be involved in a wide variety of activities to make yourself a well-rounded person. This will help you to be successful not only in applying to medical school, but also in life.

Josh Blomgren

Sports Medicine Physician at Midwest Orthopedics at RUSH