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
- Coursework prepares you for advanced study in biochemistry or a career in industry or government.
- All have received federal and industrial support for their research projects
- All regularly publish in scientific journals
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
Internships, cooperative education experiences and volunteer opportunities are available.
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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.
- Opportunities are expected to grow for biochemists, especially in drug research, development, testing and
- Graduates with experience in industry through academic laboratories, internships, fellowships or co-ops stand out among job seekers.
A&S Careers Program
Creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:
- lending library with up-to-date, career-related publications
- computer workroom for resume writing and employment research
- volunteer, paid and for-credit internship placement on and off campus
- department-specific mentoring arrangements