Bachelor of Science
Natural & Environmental Sciences
Biochemistry students explore the critical chemical reactions required to synthesize the macromolecules that organize to make up cells. Understanding these processes is critical for the individualized medicine/patient care that is the future of the health care industries. Furthermore, a strong foundation in the molecular workings of the cell primes students to find careers in the biotech industries.
The Biochemistry program is part of the broader Chemistry major. Students with a biochemistry emphasis study the structure, function and chemical reactions that take place in living systems.
They explore how biochemical research is performed and gain experience with analytical instrumentation, including infrared spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy, chromatography and other molecular separation techniques.
Biochemistry students will learn quantification and analysis of enzyme-catalyzed reactions that occur within a cell. Students will also be exposed to many molecular biology techniques including DNA manipulations, polymerase chain reactions, cloning, transformations, protein expression and protein purification and characterization.
All biochemistry students are encouraged to participate in their own research projects or work internships to explore whatever their interests may be.
Biochemistry graduates can achieve careers in the pharmaceutical industries, agricultural biotechnology industries, the health care industry, the legal profession, and in many public research areas, such as higher education and governmental agencies, dealing with both primary research and the regulatory environment.
Many graduates pursue graduate school opportunities to continue research in many areas of the life sciences. The Biochemistry option within the Chemistry program is a great way to prepare students for entry into medical, dental, physician assistant, veterinary and pharmacy schools.
Areas of employment include:
- Academic research
- Industrial research
- Patent law
- Pharmaceutical drug development and sales