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    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Nov 30, 2022  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology


                 Major Requirements 



Cynthia B. Peterson, Head

Bruce, B., PhD - California (Berkeley)
Ganguly, R., PhD - Nebraska
Howell, E., PhD - Lehigh
Joy, D. (Distinguished Scientist), PhD - Oxford (UK)
Koontz, J., PhD - Kentucky
McKee, B., PhD - Michigan State
Millhorn, D., PhD - Ohio State
Mullin, B., PhD - North Carolina State
Peterson, C., PhD - Louisiana State
Roberts, D., PhD - California (Davis)
Serpersu, E., PhD - Hacettepe (Turkey)
Smith, J. (Governor’s Chair), PhD - London (UK)
von Arnim, A., PhD - East Anglia (UK)
Associate Professors
Alexandre, G., PhD - Claude Bernard Lyon (France)
Fernandez, E., PhD - Loyola
Guo, H., PhD - Harvard
Hall, J., PhD - Illinois
Jain, N., PhD - Brandeis
Nebenführ, A., PhD - Oregon State
Park, J., PhD - Texas A&M
Prosser, R., PhD - Illinois
Assistant Professors
Baudry, J., PhD - Pierre and Marie Curie (France)
Binder, B., PhD - Wisconsin
Goodchild, R., PhD - Newcastle (UK)
Labrador, M., PhD - Madrid (Spain)
Shen, T., PhD - California (San Diego)
Shpak, E., PhD - Ohio
Adjunct and Research Faculty
Agarwal, P., PhD - Penn State
Allison, D., MS - Tennessee
Biggerstaff, J., PhD - Brunel (UK)
Boder, E., PhD - Illinois
Cheng, X., PhD - New York (Stony Brook)
Dalhaimer, P., PhD - Pennsylvania
Dockendorff, T., PhD - Tennessee
Mazur, P., PhD - Harvard
McDonald, W., PhD - Vanderbilt
O’Neill, H., PhD - Dublin (Ireland)
Wimalasena, J., PhD - Colorado Medical

Biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology study the function of cells and organisms at the molecular level. The concentration includes the study of the structure and function of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, DNA and RNA, as well as how these and other molecules control cellular and organismal function. The curriculum prepares students for a variety of careers in biological research, biotechnology, the health professions or education.

Students wishing to emphasize study in this area elect to major in biological sciences with a concentration in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology. See the description of the major and concentration under Division of Biology for requirements.


Students pursuing a B.S. degree in the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology are eligible to participate in the University’s VolsTeach program (, which permits students to simultaneously complete a major in mathematics or science and receive secondary education teaching licensure within the 4-year undergraduate degree program through completion of a VolsTeach minor. For more information about VolsTeach, including advising associated with teaching licensure requirements, contact the Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Science (100 Greve Hall).


                Major Requirements