Professors Ball and Beckmann; Assistant Professors Calhoun, Doyle and Turk.
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. 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 numerous.
Alma's Biochemistry major is designed to prepare students for 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 Senior Comprehensive Examination administered by the Department.
- 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.
- Although an excellent major for pre-medical students, 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 recommended.
- Students who declare a Biochemistry major may not elect a second major in Chemistry.