January 12, 2023

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) has awarded a full seven-year accreditation to Hampden-Sydney College’s Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program. 

student in gloves and labcoat looking through a microscopeSince 2013, the ASBMB has granted accreditation to only 101 programs nationwide, ranging from R1 research institutions to liberal arts colleges.

According to its website, ASBMB accreditation is a national, independent, outcomes-based evaluation mechanism that recognizes excellence in B.S. or B.A. degree programs in biochemistry and molecular biology and related disciplines. H-SC has held two three-year provisional accreditations from the ASBMB—2016 to 2019 and 2019 to 2022—but now holds its first full accreditation. “This speaks to the strong growth of our program,” says McGavacks Professor of Biology Michael Wolyniak, “and is indicative of H-SC’s program meeting the standards of the nation’s preeminent experts.”

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is an international nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Founded in 1906, the ASBMB’s mission is to advance the science of biochemistry and molecular biology and to promote the understanding of the molecular nature of life processes. With over 11,000 members, made up of students, researchers, educators and industry professionals, the ASBMB is one of the largest molecular life science societies in the world.

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