The Biochemistry Program, offered through the Departments of Biology and Chemistry, grants a B.S. and a minor in Biochemistry. The elucidation of life processes at the molecular level is the principal goal of biochemistry. Biochemistry is a discipline, yet at the same time it is an interdisciplinary science drawing many themes from the disciplines of Biology and Chemistry. It is distinctive, however, in its emphasis on the following three areas of study: (1) the chemical composition and three-dimensional structures of biomolecules and macromolecular assemblies; (2) the molecular mechanisms of enzymatic catalysis and regulation of biochemical reactions; and (3) the metabolic reactions which synthesize and degrade biomolecules, with an emphasis on bioenergetics.
Majors in Biochemistry follow a curriculum approved by the American Chemical Society and will:
- gain chemical knowledge, technical training, and logical and analytical thinking abilities in order to obtain and succeed in chemically/biochemically related jobs or to successfully attend graduate or professional school.
- develop written and oral communication skills to convey scientific information clearly and accurately to both the scientifically trained and general public.
- develop a strong sense of professional ethics and a fundamental understanding of the impact of chemistry/biochemistry on society, and will act accordingly.