Biochemistry at Alma College
The Biochemistry Program at Alma College is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing a strong background in chemistry and biology.
Biochemistry is a broad and flexible discipline that uses numerous approaches to investigate chemical and genetic mechanisms that regulate living matter.
Alma College biochemistry students propose a molecular model for the inhibition of a drug metabolism enzyme by Coenzyme A: Reversible Covalent Inhibition Of A Phenol Sulfotransferase By Coenzyme A (2007) Arch. Bioch. Biophys. 457, 197-204.
Highlights of the Biochemistry Department
The biochemistry program ensures a truly interdisciplinary experience, integrating coursework in various areas, including:
- Basic and Advanced Biochemistry
- Genetics and Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology
Students therefore receive a balanced introduction to the breadth of the discipline.
There are abundant research opportunities offered, including:
- Independent study with faculty members in a variety of fields
- Limited support for summer fellow research
- Research integrated into the curriculum through two required 400-level classes — advanced biochemistry and molecular genetics
- Opportunities to present results at regional and national meetings
The student is trained in experimental approaches in protein chemistry, biophysical methods and molecular biological techniques. Team research is built into the curriculum, and opportunities for independent research are provided.
Students emerge from the biochemistry program with strong lab skills, with the ability to critically read current literature, and with the capacity to design a detailed experimental strategy to test new hypotheses.
These attributes serve our students well in the long term, whether they continue toward advanced degrees in graduate schools, pursue careers in health care, or obtain positions in the variety of biotechnical and chemical sectors across the country.