The biochemistry program, under the direction of Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang, provides a basic understanding of living systems that emphasizes the molecular and cellular aspects of biology. A new biotechnology lab equipped with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), ultracentrifuge, and electrophoresis equipment provides the technical component for the program and affords research opportunities for the students during their junior and senior years. The final year of study features independent laboratory research.
Advances in the area of molecular biology have led to expanded job opportunities in the general field of biotechnology. The biochemistry program is of special interest to students with a strong science and mathematics background who are preparing for graduate school, medical or dental school as well as law school.