Bachelor of Biochemistry
Biochemistry involves the science of chemical and physical elements in living things and the biological functions of cell generation and progression. Many of biochemistry’s original theories on biochemical action and basic experimentation have experienced a revolutionary modernization and now are much broader.
In addition to health sciences, biochemistry has become a powerful science in private industry, ranging from the analysis of pollutant decomposition to new drug testing. Among many other skills, biochemists isolate, analyze and synthesize proteins, enzymes, DNA, and other molecules. They also research the effects of substances such as drugs, hormones and food on biological processes.
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College and Natural Sciences offers Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in biochemistry. The undergraduate program begins with a one-semester introduction to biochemistry and builds on a foundation of basic science. Two semesters of biochemistry courses anchor a rich upper level curriculum in biology and chemistry.
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Biochemistry
Students who complete the undergraduate program should be able to:
- Describe the structure, composition and properties of various chemical substances.
- Plan the synthesis of various inorganic and organic substances.
- Characterize substances based upon analysis of their physical and chemical properties.
- Use theories of microscopic properties to explain macroscopic behavior.
- Explain the role of energy in determining structure and reactivity.
- Employ chemical theory to explain the rate and outcome of chemical reactions.
Core Skills – Upon completion of the undergraduate program, students should have developed a set of core skills which they use in approaching the fundamental concepts. These include the ability to:
- Conduct meaningful and successful experiments.
- Communicate results.
- Think critically.
- Apply ethical reasoning.
- Extend results through lifelong learning.