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biochemistry major

at usciences you’ll establish a firm foundation of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, integrating different disciplines through a comprehensive curriculum. you’ll apply your knowledge by conducting research with faculty, and you’ll gain valuable laboratory experience using sophisticated equipment. your familiarity with the molecules and complex structures that make up organisms will enable you to go on to work in a wide range of industries or continue your studies in graduate or medical school.

what sets us apart?

  1. our biochemistry major program is accredited nationally by the american society for biochemistry and molecular biology.
  2. the bs in biochemistry program is also certified by the american chemical society, provided you include in your program specified chemistry electives.
  3. our biochemistry major curriculum incorporates computer technology and applications into nearly all lecture and laboratory components, starting with your first course in chemistry.
  4. use sophisticated laboratory equipment and advanced technology, including a 400-mhz nmr spectrometer, high-pressure liquid chromatographs, fluorescence spectrophotometers, and powerful beowulf supercomputers in our west center for computational chemistry and drug design.
  5. engage in independent research under the guidance of our diverse faculty.
  6. our faculty members are experts in structural biochemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, enzymology, molecular biology, cell biology, immunology, bioinformatics, and biochemical genetics.
  7. gain hands-on industry experience with on-campus and off-campus internships.
  8. lessen the total time and cost to complete a usciences biochemistry ms or phd—the integrated graduate credit program allows qualified undergraduates to take up to 15 additional credits of graduate coursework at no extra cost. 

  • biochemistry phd alum offers advice to prospective students
    biochemistry phd alum offers advice to prospective students

    april 03, 2020

    nicolas cope phd'20 (biochemistry) credits usciences graduate programs for helping to advance his career and for giving him experience in the field even before graduation.

  • nicholas cope phd'20 earns founders' day award of merit
    nicholas cope phd'20 earns founders' day award of merit

    march 09, 2020

    an outstanding graduate researcher whose work to research cancer led to numerous publications, nicolas cope phd'20 (biochemistry) was presented the 2020 graduate student award of merit during university of the sciences' 199th founders' day ceremony on thursday, feb. 13, 2020.

  • usciences, west pharma mark 20 years of innovative research at the west center
    usciences, west pharma mark 20 years of innovative research at the west center

    december 13, 2019

    university of the sciences (usciences) and west pharmaceutical services (west) celebrated 20 years since the establishment of the west center for computational chemistry and drug design during a celebration on usciences' campus on december 12, 2019.

  • biochemistry lab studies rna to help further drug development
    biochemistry lab studies rna to help further drug development

    december 13, 2019

    Knowing it would give him an advantage, Gregory Boymel BC'23 decided to use the summer before starting at USciences to get hands-on experience in a lab. As a biochemistry major, he thought working alongside Nathan Baird PhD, interim chair and associate professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry would be a perfect fit.

  • biochemistry lab positively reacts to passionate high school intern
    biochemistry lab positively reacts to passionate high school intern

    october 11, 2019

    when nearing summer break, most high school sophomores are looking forward to taking time off from classwork and studying, but emily shang isn't like most of her peers. instead of taking a couple months off, she searched the biographies of local professors with interesting lab work before landing on zhihong wang phd, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

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