The undergraduate intercollegiate biochemistry program prepares students for careers
requiring a strong background in basic principles of the physical and life sciences.
The program is a collaborative effort between the Davis College’s
Division of Animal and
Nutritional Sciences and the Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.
The program provides students with an interdisciplinary background in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and molecular biology necessary to prepare for professional schools of human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry and pharmacy.
The curriculum is modeled after guidelines provided by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biologists. Likewise, requirements for an American Chemical Society certified degree can be met within the framework of the program.
How will I focus my studies?
Students who study biochemistry have a variety of opportunities to conduct research. This degree provides great preparation for professional schools, including medicine and dentistry. Well chosen electives can even prepare students for careers in law, journalism, business and more. Students can expand their knowledge in additional scientific fields through required coursework.
Adam Carte, Hico, W.Va.
Biochemistry alumnus Adam Carte is currently studying at Harvard. He initially set out to be a doctor, but he soon realized his heart was in the discovery of science—not practicing medicine. That’s why he is pursuing a Ph.D. in systems biology. “If I went to medical school, I would be practicing medicine – not science,” he said. “Medicine is about applying knowledge that’s been discovered, but when becoming a scientist, you get to generate new knowledge and make new discoveries, and I think that’s really exciting.”