The degree program in biochemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society. Students with this degree have entered graduate or professional programs in medicine, dentistry, chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, wood products chemistry, genetic counseling, materials science, chemical life sciences, and others. Graduates have embarked on professional careers in industries related to health care, clinical analysis, pharmaceuticals, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, biotechnology, nutrition, and biochemical informatics, to name a few.
Our students benefit from the department’s dedication to its mission and from the capstone experience that initiates with a seminar course in which students develop a research plan designed to tackle a modern problem in chemistry or biochemistry. In subsequent quarters, students address questions raised in their plan by performing research in collaboration with a faculty mentor or with one of several local companies. The experience culminates with a seminar course in which written and oral presentations of the research are shared by all.