Biochemistry is the study of the chemical dance that seeks to explain the function of a biological system to its structure and composition. 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. It is one of the most challenging majors in the College, precisely because it draws on knowledge from many different disciplines.
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Many students choose a degree in Biochemistry to help prepare them for medical or dental school. However, the degree is a terrific stepping stone for graduate programs in Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, and many other related fields.
The Biochemistry 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. Students will have the opportunity to take several elective courses in either Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics to tailor the major to their particular interests.
Dr. Frank Chang
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 301
Dr. Robert Stanley
Beury Hall, Room 248