The biochemistry program is about fearless explorations of wonders at the interface of biology and chemistry.
Under the direction of Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang, the program provides a basic understanding of living systems that emphasizes the molecular and cellular aspects of biology. The biochemistry program is accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. (Read our accreditation news release.) Our May 2018 graduates achieved ASBMB certification with distinction. (Read the news release.)
Research Equipment & Facilities
A new biotechnology and molecular genetics lab equipped with nanodrop spectrophotometer, various centrifuges, ThermoCyclers (including real-time), DNA, RNA and protein electrophoresis equipment, gel imaging system, cell culture hoods, confocal and regular fluorescent microscopes, etc. provides the technical component for the program and affords research opportunities for the students during their junior and/or senior years. The final year of study features independent laboratory research.
Career Paths for Biochemistry Majors
Advances in the area of biochemistry and molecular biology have led to expanded job opportunities in the general field of biotechnology. The biochemistry major is of special interest to students with a strong science and mathematics background who are preparing for graduate school, medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, law school, or employment in a biotech company. To see what current and former students are saying about our program, check out our Student Testimonials.
For further details about the biochemistry major, please see our list of biochemistry degree requirements.