Biochemistry Fundamentals

Biochemistry deals with living organisms at their most fundamental level, molecular and atomic.

  • A thorough background is provided in the molecular aspects of biology and biochemistry
  • Theory taught in the classroom is applied in undergraduate laboratory classes and individual research projects

Professional Preparation

  • Coursework prepares you for advanced study in biochemistry or a career in industry or government.

Our Faculty

  • All have received federal and industrial support for their research projects
  • All regularly publish in scientific journals

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Research

Undergraduates are encouraged to do independent research in a field such as biomaterials, bionanotechnology, drug design, molecular biology, or biomimetic chemistry. The Department of Chemistry maintains:

  • $8.6 million worth of nuclear magnetic resonance instrumentation
  • mass spectrometers
  • X-ray diffractometers
  • IR-UV-Vis spectrometers
  • liquid and gas chromatographs to identify, purify and characterize chemical compounds
  • cell culture and microbial growth incubators

Real-world Experience

Internships, cooperative education experiences and volunteer opportunities are available.

Sample Curriculum

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For More Information:

Department of Chemistry

Contact: Dr. Christopher J. Ziegler

Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

A degree in biochemistry paves the way to careers in manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries, and in research development and testing services for the government. Entry-level positions in biochemistry require at least a bachelor’s degree; research positions typically require an M.S. or Ph.D. degree. Biochemists with advanced degrees often hold faculty positions at colleges and universities.

Career Outlook

  • Opportunities are expected to grow for biochemists, especially in drug research, development, testing and
    manufacturing industries.
  • Graduates with experience in industry through academic laboratories, internships, fellowships or co-ops stand out among job seekers.

Career Services

Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.