Kimberly Chichester, Chair

The biochemistry major provides students with the tools to understand the chemical basis of biological phenomena and trains the next generation of life scientists. Majors in biochemistry take courses in basic biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics as well as more advanced courses in cell biology, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and biochemistry laboratory. Cutting-edge research is integrated with our core course to ensure students are aware of the current approaches in biochemical, genetic, and cellular research. Students who perform research in faculty laboratories receive upper division credit.

This program is designed to make graduates highly competitive applicants for advanced degrees such as M.S., Ph.D., Pharm.D., and M.D. Alternatively, graduates are ready for technical positions in biotechnology, regulatory science, analytical chemistry, or the pharmaceutical industry.


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