Pamela Trotter, Associate Professor, Robert W. Beart Chair in Chemistry
Patrick Crawford, Assistant Professor (Chemistry)
Biochemistry is ideal for the student interested in the chemistry of living things and the close examination of the molecules that carry out such functions as metabolism, movement, and gene expression. A degree in biochemistry prepares a student for many fields beyond biochemistry or biomedical sciences, as it is the core basis for many more applied fields such as biotechnology, molecular genetics, immunology, pharmacology, toxicology and forensic science. A biochemistry major is ideal preparation for graduate study in such applied fields.
The degree is also appropriate for students interested in health professions (i.e. medicine, dentistry), as well as students interested in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. A biochemistry background could also be useful for students interested in business, law, regulation, journalism or technical writing related to the molecular life sciences. The biochemistry major includes courses in chemistry, biology, mathematics and physics.
MAJOR IN BIOCHEMISTRY. 32 credits in CHEM beyond 121, including 123 or 225, 200, 313, 361, 412, 413, 451 and one chosen from 454, 455 or 456. 12 credits in BIOL, including 210, 370, 375, and 360 or 362. Required supporting courses: MATH 221 or 338, PHYS 201, 202, 203. Recommended supporting courses: CHEM 362, 372, 403, COMP 211 and 212.
MINOR IN BIOCHEMISTRY. 19 credits in CHEM beyond 121, including 411, and 412 or 413. BIOL 210, 370, 360 or 362.