The goal of the biochemistry major is to give students a solid foundation in the sciences needed to understand the biological and chemical complexities in the processes of life. During the course of their studies students will develop the ability to think in an integrated manner and to look at problems from different perspectives. Additionally, they will learn the theory and application of the techniques of modern experimental biochemistry. Upon completion students will be able to engage in evaluative and critical thinking across the disciplines of chemistry and biology and integrate these disciplines into their chosen career paths or medical, professional, and graduate educations. Entering students will meet with an advisor from either the Biology or Chemistry Department to plan a curriculum tailored to their postgraduate aspirations and to help select the appropriate biology and chemistry courses.
The interdisciplinary nature of biochemistry requires that students study both biology and chemistry in order to understand the molecular processes of life. The major in biochemistry is designed to meet the needs of students interested in this interdisciplinary subject. Students completing a major in biochemistry will be prepared for careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, for pursuit of graduate degrees in biochemistry and for entry into medical, veterinary, dental, or pharmacy schools. This degree program follows guidelines suggested by the American Chemical Society and the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for an undergraduate degree in biochemistry.