Biochemistry is the study of structure, function and chemical reactions that take place in living systems. It’s a very broad field, with jobs and career opportunities ranging from medicine and dentistry to food science and agriculture. 

At Western, small class sizes and lab sections allow students personal attention, and plenty of hands-on experience with a variety of tools, techniques and instruments.

What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?

Students in biochemistry receive training with instrument systems including infrared spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy and capillary electrophoresis. Students also learn numerous molecular biology techniques, including PCR and DNA transformations.

Biochemistry encompasses several areas of science, calling creative, imaginative, hardworking students, who enjoy working and interacting with others scientists to make new discoveries.

Beyond the Classroom

Students in biochemistry take field trips to a variety of facilities. At the Crested Butte wastewater treatment plant, they collect water samples for metal analysis. Classes have also studied crime-scene analysis at the Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI) lab.

Students attend a variety of conferences and work with faculty members on original research. Western students have also participated in summer research at Vanderbilt University, Montana State University, the University of Wyoming and other institutions offering Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs. Stipends for these summer research positions range from $3,500 to $4,500, with housing included.

After Graduation

Students with degrees in biochemistry from Western State Colorado University can explore several career paths, including research in health and medicine, studying diseases and their cures. Biochemistry prepares students for research in drug development, gene therapy and stem cells. Biochemists also work in nutrition, forensic science, toxicology and environmental preservation.

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The Western Presidential Scholars Award is a full tuition scholarship available to Valedictorians of Colorado high schools (residents only) aimed at increasing the number of high achieving students attending Western State Colorado University.  The scholarship is renewable for eight consecutive semesters (four years) and will cover full in-state tuition charges after the COF stipend is applied.  The Western Presidential Scholars Award would replace any other merit scholarship that may have already been awarded to the student.  The Western Presidential Scholars Award is a competitive scholarship (application is required) as there are a limited number of awards available each year.  Below are some details you should know:

Minimum Criteria

  •          3.80 cumulative High School GPA 
  •          25 ACT score/1200 SAT combined score
  •          Be ranked #1 on high school transcript or certified as ‘valedictorian’ by high school official

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Renewal Criteria

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  •          Must maintain a 3.0 GPA at Western 

Faculty & Staff


Biology Laboratory Coordinator
B.A., Western State Colorado Universtiy, M.S., San Francisco State University, Ph.D. candidate - University of Washington, Seattle. Current
Phone: (970) 943-2437
Office Location: Hurst Hall 128A