Professors Ball and Beckmann; Assistant Professors Calhoun, Doyle and Turk.
Biochemistry is a broad and flexible discipline that uses all available approaches to discover molecular and genetic mechanisms of any biological process. Our program is truly interdisciplinary and requires a strong background in chemistry and biology. You will be trained in protein and nucleic acid methods, biophysical chemistry applications, and molecular biological techniques. Team research is built into the curriculum, and opportunities for independent research are numerous. A Biochemistry major thereby prepares you for either graduate or professional schools. Although most careers require an advanced degree, opportunities exist in academic, industrial and biotechnical research and development sectors.
- Sixty-four credits consisting of the following: Biochemistry 321, 422 and 430; Biology 121, 204 and 308; Chemistry 115, 223, 224, 230, 331 and 332; Mathematics 121 and 122; Physics 121 and 122.
- Students must consult with the Biochemistry chair in their junior year for approval of their programs if deviation from the above curriculum is being considered. Approval for such changes requires written petition of the department.
- Successful completion of the departmental Senior Comprehensive Examination.
- Potential majors are advised to schedule Mathematics 121-122 and Physics 121-122 in the freshman and sophomore years so they may begin Chemistry 331-332 in the junior year.
- Take note that BCM 422 and BCM 430 are offered in the winter terms of alternating years.
- This is an excellent major for pre-medical students, but additional electives are strongly advised.
- Students bound for graduate school should make careful course selections to support their area of emphasis. Participation in research and additional course work in biology, chemistry and mathematics is desirable.
- Completion of an independent research project culminating in a senior thesis is encouraged.
- Students who declare a Biochemistry major may not elect a second major in Chemistry.