BA/MA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Eligible BMB majors may apply during their junior year for a combined program leading to both an undergraduate degree in BMB and a master’s degree in Biotechnology. Students typically complete the combined BA/MA in five years and are well prepared for working in the biomedical research fields.

This program requires six advanced-level courses (listed below) in addition to requirements for the BA and includes two semesters of graduate-level independent research and submission of a research paper (BB 591/592).

It is highly recommended that students who are considering this BA/MA program start getting involved in undergraduate research as early as possible in their undergraduate years, e.g., as a junior.

For a more detailed listing of courses and requirements for the combined BA/MA program, please visit the undergraduate bulletin.

BAMA Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate mastery of both fundamental and advanced concepts in Biology and Chemistry, with a strong focus on the molecular biological and biochemical components of these disciplines.
  • Demonstrate expertise in the scientific method, including experimental design, critical assessment of the scientific literature, and an understanding of the principles and best practices for the ethical conduct of research.
  • Attain the technical and/or analytical skills required for employment or post-graduate education in BMB or BMB-related careers, including professional careers and science education.
  • Demonstrate ability to design and implement a research project and to present their research in both written and oral form.

Meet a BA/MA Student

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Steven Cincotta


Mentor’s Name

Laertis Ikonomou


Boston University’s Medical Campus Center for Regenerative Medicine

Title of Project

Study of the Effect of Transient Nkx2.1 Expression During Directed Differentiation of Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells to Lung/Thyroid Progenitor Cells.”

Cincotta’s study is focused on the process of turning mouse embryonic stem cells into a special type of cell known as a lung/thyroid progenitor cell that can give rise to mature cell lineages of both the lung and thyroid. Specifically, working on studying different signals that can be given to these cells during the directed differentiation procedure in order to increase the efficiency of the process. He uses a variety of techniques to characterize the gene expression patterns of our resulting cells, including immunocytochemistry, flow cytometry, and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR).