The Biochemistry Program is a joint program between the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and the Division of Biological Sciences. Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary science that brings powerful spectroscopic, chemical and computational tools to bear on fundamental problems in biology. The program offers a B.S. in Biochemistry and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biochemistry & Biophysics.
Program faculty come from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, the Division of Biological Sciences and the Department of Computer Science. Faculty expertise includes structural biology, enzymology, prion biochemistry, protein dynamics, RNA biology and the molecular genetics of pathogenic organisms.
Undergraduate majors receive a solid foundation in both chemistry and biology. Biochemistry courses start in the freshman year and Advanced Biochemistry is taken in the junior year, leaving room for advanced level electives in the senior year. Our majors are introduced to faculty research in our second year seminar course, providing them with the impetus to pursue independent research with faculty. The major also introduces students to computer science and bioinformatics, essential tools in modern biochemistry. The B.S. in Biochemistry prepares students for advanced degrees in biochemistry, for medical or veterinary schools and for careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. A Health Professions option is also offered within the B.S. in Biochemistry. This option allows a broader choice of electives so that students may shape their degree to fit their career goals.
The graduate degrees in Biochemistry & Biophysics prepare students to be independent researchers in academic laboratories or in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Through coursework and independent research, graduate students in this program will become adept at the physical and structural methods necessary to probe important problems in the life sciences at the molecular level. Students in our graduate program benefit from the rich research community provided by related graduate programs in the Biomedical, Cellular, Biochemical and Chemical Sciences. The Center for Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics is a nexus for this broader research community. It supports state-of-the-art facilities for research in biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology.