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or government officials. It is also important to get research or analytical experience. In high school.Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access institution. Photos: Dave Umberger. They can also serve as scientiﬁc advisors to business people. physics. Molecular biologists often ask how the genetic information in DNA can be changed and how changes can cause disease. take college preparatory courses in biology.agriculture. Purdue Agricultural Communication Molecular biologists study the molecular basis of USDA Food. © 2009 . you need a bachelor’s degree in a life science discipline like biochemistry.30 Molecular Biologist Dabbling in DNA. Participate in science clubs and fairs. Universities.purdue. new agricultural crops. with an emphasis on molecular biology. Education. chemistry. genetics. www. and mathematics. or teachers. technicians. Molecular biologists can be researchers. They can develop new methods to diagnose and treat disease. companies. To be a molecular biologist.edu/USDA/careers/ . or microbiology. and how this information can be used to direct the synthesis of all of the other kinds of molecules that make up living things. Agricultural and Natural Resources Careers Produced through a cooperative agreement between USDA’s Cooperative State Research. and Extension Service and Purdue University. the phenomena of living things. You should take courses in chemistry. and computer science. Work in a laboratory during the summer. or new ways to detect and remove pollutants from the environment. mathematics. lawyers. and government agencies hire them. biochemistry. They ask how genetic information can be encoded in molecules called DNA.