|Collateral Major in Molecular Biology|
The collateral concentration in Molecular Biology offers hands-on experience and advanced course work in this cutting edge field. The collateral concentration gives students interested in careers in molecular biology, molecular genetics, biomedical research, medicine and biochemistry the chance to gain considerable practical knowledge and experience. Students may start with either a major in Biology or Chemistry and then take the set of courses, outlined below, providing additional depth in the concentration in addition to their core degree. Coe College recognizes this career area as one of almost unlimited potential. Most of the cutting edge research today, and for the foreseeable future, is being done in the broad category of Molecular Biology/Biochemistry. We have committed ourselves to providing our students with professional quality equipment and "real world" laboratory experiences to make them competitive as future twenty first century scientists.
Students will take a course called Techniques in Molecular Biology before, or during, the junior year. This course provides students an applied and theoretical knowledge of the most common concepts and bench techniques in molecular biology. Usually, in the summer of the junior year, collateral students are strongly encouraged to participate in summer research. Students who have completed the core courses have worked with faculty on a variety of research projects on campus. A number of the strongest students have proven to be unusually successful in winning nationally competitive NSF and Howard Hughes Foundation grants, with stipends, to do summer research on campuses at major research institutions across the United States. These students have generally gone on to write excellent honors theses and have gained admission into outstanding graduate programs, professional schools or have gone onto successful careers in industrial or academic research.
The completion of the requirements for a major in Biology and,
The Collateral Major has been supported by generous National Science Foundation grants for equipment and a major Carver Foundation Grant of nearly $100,000.00 also dedicated to equipment purchase for molecular biology/biochemistry. Thus, this program has all the basic, and much of the more specialized, pieces of equipment required for sophisticated experimentation in cellular and molecular biology and biochemistry. We are so committed to exposing our students to new technology that they are introduced to the use of appropriate pieces of this equipment in their very first laboratory experiences. The college has hired faculty with expertise in various fields allied to molecular biology and biochemistry. The college has als provided summer grant money available to students and faculty to pursue research interests as well as the operating budget necessary to support courses at a high level.
We are also dedicated to assisting qualified students in finding research opportunities. While we can provide fine research opportunities on campus, we cannot provide the same type of research environment that is found at major research institutions for which our students will attend at the next stage of their careers. Students with good grade points, who have taken the technical courses, are getting summer placements in excellent research laboratories across the nation.
The Faculty: Advisors in the Molecular Biology Collateral Major
Dr. Tom Tauer, Program Coordinator