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The Biochemistry major is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly by the Biology Department and the Chemistry Department. Biochemists study the chemical processes that occur in living cells as well as the structure and function of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids.
The Biochemistry major at Saint Francis University gives students a solid background in the fundamental principles of chemistry and biology. Students learn cutting edge science and how to apply their knowledge to solve problems through critical thinking. Biochemistry graduates find employment opportunities in the fields of pharmacology, bioinformatics, cancer biology, biophysics, immunology, and genetics. Students graduate ready to enter the workforce directly into research or to pursue further study in graduate or professional school.
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Biochemistry at Saint Francis University is an interdisciplinary program supported by the Biology Department and the Chemistry Department. This gives students the unique opportunity to study Biochemistry from a Biologist’s point of view and from a Chemist’s point of view. Student can also tailor their Biochemistry electives according to their interests. Biochemistry electives can focus on Biology courses, Chemistry courses, or a mixture of the two.
Our students conduct research starting as early as their freshman year. Students have the option of continuing an existing research project in Biochemistry or start their own project with the help of faculty in the Biology Department or the Chemistry Department.
Learn more about Biochemistry Research Opportunities
Our Biochemistry graduates have gone on to become the someone they were meant to be. Some chose to continue their education in graduate school or medical school and others got started in their careers after graduation. Below are a list of the places our recent graduates have gone:
Medical School:Mayo Clinic
Graduate Schools:University of Pittsburgh
Penn State University
John Hopkins University
University of West Virginia
Institutes of Health (NIH)Inspection, Monitoring & Development Office at McCandless Township Sanitary Authority
Mobility Coordinator at University of West Indies
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that job prospects for biochemists will grow by 19% between 2012 and 2022. During the same time period, job growth for other life, physical, and social science occupations is projected to be 10% (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections Program ). Biochemists hold positions in diverse fields, such as the pharmaceutical research and development, cosmetic industry, government and private medical research, food safety, agricultural research, and law firms.
As a Biochemistry major, you will have the opportunity to earn an ACS
certified degree. The Saint Francis University Chemistry Program has been approved by the American Chemical Society to offer ACS certified degrees. An institution with an ACS-approved program in chemistry is committed to providing a broadly based and intellectually challenging experience in chemistry. The ACS Committee on Professional Training (CPT) carefully evaluates a chemistry department’s program with respect to its breadth and depth, the qualifications of the chemistry faculty, the adequacy of the facilities, condition of instrumentation, access to current chemical literature, and opportunities for a meaningful research experience. An academic institution whose chemistry department meets the guidelines for ACS approval is placed on a nationally recognized list of approved chemistry programs. For more information, visit American Chemical Society.
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