Bachelor of Science in Biological Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry is dedicated to provide excellence in teaching chemistry and applied areas of chemistry and biology at the undergraduate level to a diverse student population, and to provide service to the campus, the community and society. Our mission is to graduate articulate and creative individuals ready for careers or graduate studies in chemistry-based sciences including medicine, pharmacology and chemical biology.
The Biological Chemistry program provides students with requisite knowledge and laboratory experience in chemistry and biology necessary to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical or chemical industry, pharmacy, biotechnology, education, scientific research, or to enter a graduate or professional medical program. The training stresses investigative methods and lab techniques, advanced instrumentation, critical analysis of scientific data and hypotheses, writing and communicative skills, and the relationship between scientific advances and public policy.
Students take courses in a variety of subject areas of science, giving them a broad base of knowledge. Opportunities exist for participation in undergraduate research during the regular semester or in research settings as paid summer internships. On completion of a research project, students have the opportunity to present outcomes of their findings at regional or national scientific conferences and often co-author published work. During the required senior project, students gain the experience of gathering background literature, designing, and conducting their own research or educational project.
Graduates of the Biological Chemistry Program:
- Have a working knowledge of chemical and biological principles appropriate for entry level positions in the pharmaceutical industry.
- Have the requisite knowledge and laboratory experience in biology, chemistry and physics to enter a professional medical program or graduate school.
- Demonstrate competence in the laboratory by being familiar with the use of equipment, practicing safe techniques, as well as the ability to acquire and process data.
- Exhibit analytical skills, including the capacity to formulate hypotheses and to rationally evaluate data.
- Demonstrate aptitude in expressing themselves in oral and written formats, exhibiting clarity, a logical concise manner, the ability to define topics, and provide supporting evidence.
- NIH-funded internship opportunities
- Travel to present research outcomes at national or regional scientific conferences
- Study abroad
- Eligible for the Cannon Scholars Program
- Cannon Scholar Alumni Success Profiles