Biochemistry is the application of the fundamentals of chemistry to understand living systems. Biochemists seek to understand the structure and function of nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids, and their interrelationships on a molecular and cellular level. Expertise in biochemistry lays a solid foundation for careers in the biological sciences and many other areas.
The School of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a broad curriculum that prepares students for a wide range of exciting careers in industry, academia, government agencies, patent law, and consulting. The B.S. degree program in biochemistry also provides an excellent background for admission to medical, dental, graduate, law and pharmacy schools. The program engages students in an undergraduate curriculum that expands their analytical and critical thinking skills in the classroom and laboratory settings.
The B.S. degree in biochemistry satisfies the recommendations of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and is a superb choice of major for pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-pharmacy students. Students in the school enjoy exceptional opportunities to participate in cutting-edge, world renowned research programs. Close interactions between undergraduates and faculty create a unique learning environment, combining the foundations of chemistry with the excitement of discovery in a creative and team-oriented environment. Students make use of state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment. Undergraduates often appear as co-authors on papers published in scholarly journals and present their work at scientific conferences. Students may also elect to complete the Institute’s Research Thesis Option.