CHARACTERISTICS OF AN ASBMB-ACCREDITED PROGRAMKey characteristics of an ASBMB-recognized program are described in the sections below. The ASBMB recognizes that many programs (particularly at smaller schools) may not be able to incorporate all of these characteristics exactly as described. Consequently, the matrix shown in Appendix I has been designed to aid evaluators in examining individual programs from a holistic perspective.
INSTITUTIONAn ASBMB-recognized program must be located within an institution of higher learning that has been accredited by the pertinent national or regional body. The college or university must articulate policies intended to foster an institutional culture that values diversity in all dimensions and provide mechanisms for promoting a safe, supportive, and welcoming learning environment for all students and faculty. Classrooms, teaching laboratories, and research spaces should be safe2 and equipped with the supplies and instrumentation needed to perform modern biochemical and molecular biological analyses and manipulations. Courses should be offered on a regular schedule with sufficient frequency and seating capacity to prevent unnecessary delays in the timely completion of a BMB degree. Access to information resources that provide breadth, depth, and currency of scientific content that includes, but is not limited to, major peer-reviewed BMB journals must be provided for faculty and students. Career advising resources should be available on campus.
The institution should afford BMB faculty regular opportunities to engage in professional development activities such as sabbatical leave, attendance of professional conferences and workshops, participation in research, publication in the refereed research literature, and/or attendance of continuing education workshops and courses.
FACULTY MEMBERSThe faculty of an ASBMB-recognized program must be sufficient in number as well as breadth, depth, and diversity of experience and expertise to provide a well rounded, fundamentally sound educational program for BMB students. BMB faculty should possess a Ph.D. or other advanced degree (e.g. M.D., M.D./Ph.D., D. Phil.) in biochemistry, molecular biology, or a closely related discipline as well as a demonstrated track record of teaching and research in BMB.
The recommended threshold for a BMB program is three or more contributing faculty members. While these faculty members may not necessarily be assigned exclusively to the BMB program, each should play a clearly defined role in the instructional and advising missions of the program.