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A launch pad to your bright future
Biochemistry is one of the most exciting degrees you can pursue in college.
You will apply chemical and physical principles to increase your knowledge of the complex chemical reactions among molecules in biological systems.
Learn to more fully understand life by studying the chemical relationship with the environment. The uses for this knowledge are astounding.
- Unlock human genomes
- Study genetic mutations and evolution
- Cure devastating diseases
- Make a difference
Work closely with biochemistry faculty on research using the latest equipment and technology—chromatography systems, laser systems and a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer. Get comfortable in a modern laboratory setting doing research with our first class faculty.
Cutting-edge science, practical implications
Want to use a degree in biochemistry to go to medical school? Smart choice.
With a liberal arts background and valuable research experience, you'll be better prepared to succeed on the latest version of the MCAT exam—which now includes questions on the biochemical foundations of living systems and an increased emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving.
Or you'll be ready to step right into a job or a graduate program because of your experience on a research internship and/or presenting research at national conferences.
Recent graduates have enrolled in programs at:
Albert Einstein School of Medicine
Drexel University College of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University
The Ohio State University
Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Pennsylvania State University
Thomas Jefferson Medical School
University of California, Berkeley
University of Connecticut
Western University of Health Sciences
Recent graduates have worked at:
Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Merck & Co.
National Institutes of Health
The Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry requires the following courses with grades of C- or better:
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4 General Chemistry I - choose from: CHEM-101, CHEM-103 or CHEM-111
4 General Chemistry II - choose from: CHEM-102, CHEM-104 or CHEM-112
|4 CHEM-221 Organic Chemistry I|
|4 CHEM-222 Organic Chemistry II|
|4 CHEM-231 Quantitative Analysis|
|4 CHEM-341 Physical Chemistry I|
4 Four semester equivalents of CHEM-505 Seminar
4 Introductory Physics II: Calculus (PHYS-206)
12 12 semester hours of biology courses beyond BIOL-102, at least 8 of which must be at or above the 300 level (excluding BIOL-501 and BIOL-510)
0-8 Mathematics through MATH-112 Calculus II
A student completing a double-major that includes a B.S. in Biochemistry may replace CHEM-500 with a capstone in the second major.
Minors. Students minoring in biochemistry complete General Chemistry I (CHEM-101, CHEM-103 or CHEM-111) and General Chemistry II (CHEM-102, CHEM-104 or CHEM-112), the Organic Chemistry I-II sequence (CHEM-221-222), The Biochemistry of Proteins and Enzymes lecture and lab (CHEM-426 and CHEM-427), and either CHEM-422 The Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids or CHEM-424 The Biochemistry of Metabolism.
Secondary Teaching Certification. The Chemistry Department offers secondary teaching certification for both chemistry and biochemistry majors.
Coursework required by the state of Pennsylvania for admission to the teacher certification program includes successful completion of ENGL-100 Writing and Thinking or equivalent course, at least 3 semester hours in British or American literature, at least 6 semester hours of mathematics coursework (or other courses which satisfy the Central Curriculum Analytic Thought requirement), and at least one 40-hour externship. Education course requirements for secondary education are EDUC-101 Introduction to Education and Society, EDUC-102 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education, EDUC-250 Educational Psychology, EDUC-260 Introduction to Special Education, EDUC-270 Instruction of Exceptional Students, EDUC-330 Technology in Education, EDUC-350 English Language Learners: Theory and Instruction, EDUC-380 Instructional Design, EDUC-424 Methods of Curriculum, Insstruction, and Assessment in Teaching Science, EDUC-479 Principles of Learning and Teaching, EDUC-483 Differentiated Instruction and Classroom Management in Secondary Education, and the EDUC-500 Student Teaching Package (EDUC-501, EDUC-502, EDUC-503, and EDUC-600).
In addition, secondary education chemistry students complete all of the usual requirements for the chemistry or biochemistry major.
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