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Learning Opportunities in Biochemistry

Student Research

Biochemistry majors learn by doing, a key reason why our alumni contribute immediately once they’re hired or enter graduate school. Opportunities include:

  • Conducting research in laboratory courses that are part of the chemistry curriculum
  • Enrolling in a formal research course, which can be used to satisfy one of the elective degree requirements
  • Collaborating with a faculty research advisor on a project in an area of interest to both you and the faculty member
  • Assisting faculty members with their research projects
  • Participating in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry’s Summer Research Program
  • Publishing the results of your research in formal scientific publications and/or presenting them at scientific meetings sponsored by organizations such as the American Chemical Society
  • Using a wide range of modern chemical instrumentation available for use by both undergraduate and graduate students in laboratory courses and in research projects

Unparalleled Learning Spaces

State-of-the-art facilities provide the very latest in educational environments, whether you are learning in the classroom or in the laboratory.

  • Supplementing the department’s home in Griffith Hall is the McNeil Science and Technology Center, a stunning, modern facility with cutting-edge labs and smart classrooms.
  • The West Center for Computational Chemistry and Drug Discovery is home to several Beowulf supercomputer clusters, which allow faculty and students to apply powerful computational methods to chemical and biological problems.
  • Griffith Hall’s elegant exterior belies its contemporary interior, with teaching laboratories, research laboratories, classrooms, instrument rooms, a cold room and a constant temperature room, providing a variety of educational environments.

Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Program

You may take advantage of the opportunity to integrate a BS degree with one of the graduate degree programs in chemistry, biochemistry or pharmacognosy, including the MS (non-thesis), MS (thesis) and PhD programs.  

This advanced study gives you:

  • A competitive edge when applying for jobs
  • An earlier start to achieving your career goals
  • Higher earning potential from the start

Click here for more information about the integrated degree Program.

Societies and Associations

Professional and scientific affiliations enrich the educational experience by providing you with the chance to learn from and network with those in your field.

  • American Chemical Society
  • Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society

ACS Certification

BS degrees offered through the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry are certified by the American Chemical Society, provided you include in your program specified chemistry electives. For further information contact:

Committee on Professional Training
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
202.872.4589
www.acs.org

Learning Outcomes

Each program at USciences has developed student learning goals. Graduates of the biochemistry program will achieve these learning outcomes.

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