Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are interdisciplinary programs each deeply rooted in the traditional disciplines of Chemistry and Biology, respectively. Recognizing that boundaries are fuzzy, each of these programs seeks to draw heavily on it’s disciplinary neighbor to enable a more complete understanding of the physical world of biological systems at the molecular scale.
Our faculty members are committed to helping students acquire the ability to:
To accomplish this mission, we:
In the context of a liberal education, we want our students to gain a profound appreciation for science as a way of knowing about the world. We expect them to: 1) engage directly in the scientific process through experimentation; 2) understand the process by which new ideas are generated and tested; 3) perceive the role of science as a generator of new knowledge and as an instrument for social change; 4) learn to approach new ideas and concepts with a healthy scientific skepticism.
The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology programs work to equip students with the following experiences, knowledge and skills:
The program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Kenyon draws from courses taught in the departments of Chemistry and Biology. As such, the majority of assessment happens within those departments. In each department, the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program is integral to decisions about assessment. Assessment data are also considered by the BMB faculty for relevance and importance to the interdisciplinary program.
In the annual meeting between the program co-chairs and BMB majors, curricular and/or procedural issues identified are brought back to the supporting departments for resolution. Each of the supporting departments engages in annual evaluations of some of the data collected above. For both departments, this includes the Departmental Outcomes Assessment Report. On differing annual schedules, the departments undertake a longitudinal examination of standardized exam scores. Each department also annually examines the compiled primary trait analyses scores generated by the written senior exercises. Select faculty from both departments meet annually to review all forms of feedback. These discussions have led to, and will continue to lead to, dynamic changes in the structure and content of departmental curricula to ensure that they adequately serve BMB majors.