Molecular Biology

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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Discover a world where biotechnology is just the beginning

The B.S. in molecular biology at UW provides students with an opportunity to learn about the science of life at multiple levels, from the innerworkings of single cells to those of complex organisms. Exposure to hands-on research and lab work early in the curriculum motivates our students to excel in the classroom and beyond, ultimately positioning them for fulfilling careers in the biosciences.

Our expert faculty, one-on-one relationships, and lab resources grant students access to the foundation of their future in life sciences.


What is Molecular Biology?

Students and faculty in the Department of Molecular Biology at UW have contributed greatly to advance our collective understanding of fundamental biology and to biotechnological progress. An undergraduate degree in molecular biology will prepare you to be part of the exciting discoveries that are sure to come. 

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Our faculty are great educators and world-class researchers in molecular biology. Their expertise lends enriched learning to our program.

For example, Drs. Mark Gomelsky, Don Jarvis and Dan Wall are all Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Like many of our faculty, they have made significant advancements in molecular biology research here at UW.

Students have a great opportunity to get hands-on experience at UW with renown faculty who are leaders in their field. 

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What can you do with a B.S. in Molecular Biology?

Molecular biologists lead the way in biotechnology which has developed transgenic crops, engineered novel microbes, identified disease genes and so much more. With a working knowledge of molecular biology, you can find your future career.

Molecular Biology Careers

  • Lab Technician
  • Research Associate/Scientist
  • Physician 
  • Optometrist
  • Veterinarian
  • Postsecondary Teacher 


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Here are a few places our University of Wyoming alumni are now working and making a difference!

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  • WWAMI 
  • Columbia University 
  • Harvard University 
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Molecular Biology Program Highlights

Students select molecular biology at UW to learn from expert faculty and access a variety of resources. Once you join the program, you can enjoy many of the following benefits.

Smaller Class Sizes

UW hosts classes with fewer students in them to provide a collaborative education experience where students can access their professors more easily. This allows them to work closely and build relationships.  

Research Opportunities 

Undergraduates can conduct independent research projects in labs. These experiences are instrumental in exposing students to wet-lab science and often underscore what is taught in the classroom.

Financial Support

There are scholarships and opportunities available to undergraduate students at UW that you may be eligible for. We can help you explore the right payment options and potential financial resources.

Networking & Student Groups 

Students join the Micro & Molecular Biology Club to get an informative and interactive experience with peers from all majors. They keep activities interesting for everyone by hosting games and experiments. 

Within their first semester, students gain a solid foundation of knowledge and foreshadow some of the really amazing material covered in the more advanced courses that come later.

- Jesse Gatlin
Professor of Molecular Biology

Contact Us

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College of Agriculture, Life Sciences and Natural Resources

Department of Molecular Biology

Department 3944, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3300