Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes occurring in living matter. As a field, biochemistry is rapidly expanding and highly interdisciplinary. Biochemical concepts and techniques have become the basis for research in physiology, nutrition, environmental and health sciences, and many other disciplines.
The program prepares students for excellence in graduate or medical school, employment in the chemical, biotechnological, or pharmaceutical industries. The degree is a terrific stepping stone for graduate programs in Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, and many other related fields.
The program consists of basic courses in calculus, biology, chemistry and physics. Advanced courses in both Biology and Chemistry are included, along with specialty Biochemistry courses offered jointly in the Biology and Chemistry departments. Laboratory courses form an important component of the curriculum and include such diverse techniques as PCR, protein purification, gel electrophoresis, computational chemistry, and spectroscopy. This "hands-on" experience is essential to provide the appropriate context for knowledge obtained in the lecture courses.
After completing this program, students should:
- have problem-solving skills and be able to research biochemical literature
- communicate the results of scientific experiments in oral and written reports and technical graphics
- work effectively as part of a team as developed through their laboratory courses
- articulate the relationships between chemistry and biological sciences
- succeed as graduate students in biochemistry or related fields, as students in professional schools, or as entry-level employees in government or industry
- perform basic biochemistry laboratory procedures used in the manipulation and analysis of proteins and nucleic acids.