Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are distinguished by their focus on information flow, structure, function and mechanism within overarching biological contexts.
In developing the ASBMB Accreditation Program, our objective has been to devise a program that serves the needs of both students and faculty. Next application deadline is October 15, 2014.
The goals of the ASBMB Degree Accreditation Program are to provide:
- A national, outcomes-based mechanism by which students receiving a B.S. or B.A. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology or closely related majors are given an opportunity to have their degree accredited by the ASBMB.
- A vehicle for recognizing undergraduate BMB programs whose features and infrastructure fulfill the basic expectations of the ASBMB.
- Access to an independently constructed and scored instrument for assessing student achievement and program effectiveness.
There are two application deadlines each year: March 15 and October 15.
An accreditation program for bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) constitutes a powerful vehicle by which the ASBMB can:
- Actively and visibly promote excellence and innovation in undergraduate BMB education.
- Connect with and recruit aspiring young biochemists and molecular biologists on a nation-wide scale.
- Raise the profile and enhance the relevance of our society among STEM educators.
- Raise the profile and relevance of our society in the private sector, where employers are often frustrated by the heterogeneity in knowledge and skills exhibited by graduates of different BMB programs.
For BMB educators, access to an independent, nationally-recognized evaluation tool will materially assist them in meeting the growing demand from collegiate accrediting bodies, university administrators, etc., for regular outcomes assessment. Independent assessment will, in turn, assist them in pinpointing strengths and weaknesses in their curriculum.
For students, receipt of a certified degree will affirm to prospective graduate and professional schools or potential employers that the recipient in question has:
- Matriculated through a program whose curriculum and infrastructure meet the basic expectations of the ASBMB.
- Demonstrated a grasp of fundamental concepts and critical reasoning skills on the ASBMB Evaluation Instrument.
- Accreditation will provide students graduating from diverse programs the opportunity to demonstrate their competitiveness with peers from across the nation.
In order to have their degree certified by the ASBMB, a student must:
- Earn a B.A., B.S. or equivalent degree from an ASBMB-accredited program, and
- Exhibit acceptable performance on an assessment instrument provided by the ASBMB.
Students who exhibit exceptional performance on the assessment instrument will be recognized as having graduated with distinction by the ASBMB.