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Experiential Learning & Undergraduate Research

Students who major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are required to complete two semesters of research. The standard way students meet this requirement is by completing independent research in a faculty member’s lab: BCMB 4960R and BCMB 4970R, each 4 hr credit. There are two alternative options for completing this requirement: VIP @ UGA (BCMB 4965L) and Independent Research on Bioprocess Technology (BCMB 4030L). The standard option and the alternative options are described in detail below.

Standard Research Requirement:

Students who major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are required to take two semesters of independent research: BCMB 4960R and BCMB 4970R, each 4 hr credit. Honors students may elect to complete BCMB 4990H as an Honors Thesis. BCMB 4960R requires little or no previous laboratory experience, but either BCMB 3100 or BCMB 4010 is recommended as a pre- or co-requisite. For instructions on how to properly approach faculty, click here.

For further information, see:

VIP–Team Based Research:

In place of BCMB 4960/70, BMB majors may apply to the Vertically Integrated Program (VIP). The overarching goal of VIP is for students to engage in team-based research in faculty labs in collaboration with other undergraduate researchers, faculty mentors, and other scientists such as graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and faculty collaborators. Students can obtain more information about VIP by emailing Dr. Erin Dolan ( or Dr. Arthur Edison (

Bioprocess Technology Lab — Industry:

In place of BCMB 4960R, BMB majors may apply to enroll in BCMB 4030L (4 hr), Independent Research On Bioprocess Technology. After successful completion of BCMB4030L, the student then takes one (or more) semesters of BCMB 4970R in the laboratory of a new faculty member, and carries out a new independent research project. This course is designed for students intending to pursue careers in research especially those focused in industry. This course is not appropriate for those with pre-health intentions. Interested students should email Dr. Adams ( with a description of their career plans in order to be considered for this course.

For more information on the course, click here; for the registration form, click here.

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