Flowing from the mission of the College of Saint Elizabeth, the Bio-chemistry Department is committed to providing a basic knowledge of this liberal art to many students and a thorough undergraduate chemical and biochemical education to its majors. It demands of them honesty, accuracy, and clarity in the carrying out and reporting of their work. Through the precision of chemistry and biochemistry it strives to discipline their minds and by chemistry's and biochemistry's ever-increasing insight into the truths of nature it endeavors to widen their vision.The department encourages its majors to contribute to the discovery of these truths by their research.
The goal of the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry is to prepare students for positions in research and industry (especially the pharmaceutical industry), as well as graduate and professional schools. Biochemistry is a field that incorporates elements from biology and chemistry. Students will fulfill the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree by successfully completing courses in both biology and chemistry.
Students completing the program in Biochemistry will have developed their communication skills as well as critical thinking and computer skills. They will have exhibited both quantitative and qualitative problem solving skills and have demonstrated an ability to work in the laboratory. Their knowledge will extend to an understanding of the chemical processes that take place in living systems and the structures that support them. They will also have an appreciation of the dynamic state of biochemical science and an interest in keeping up with the most recent advances.
Biochemistry majors and other interested students can become Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society. Academic credit may be earned by majors who participate in internship programs during the January intersession, the summer, or the academic year.
Total credits for Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry: 69
Students will fulfill the capstone requirement by the successful completion of two comprehensive examinations: one written, one oral. Preparation for the comprehensive examinations will be offered through CHEM 433.
Total credits for Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with concentration in Forensic Science: 82
Students will fulfill the capstone requirement by the successful completion of two comprehensive examinations: one written and one oral. Preparation for the comprehensive examinations will be offered through Chem 433.
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