Bachelor of Science — Joint major, biology and chemistry departments
The biochemistry major provides a strong background for graduate study in biochemical science, preparation for medical school or a career in the pharmaceutical, agricultural, environmental, and biotechnology industries. The curriculum combines a strong background in relevant areas of chemistry and biology with focused study in biochemistry, including extensive laboratory courses that cover all major experimental techniques in biochemistry. Students may participate in a diverse array of research programs with faculty from the biology or chemistry departments. The capstone course integrates coursework and biochemical experimental techniques through study of current research results in biochemistry through exposure to the primary literature.
Requirements for Honors in Biochemistry
Students may apply for honors to the chairs of biology and chemistry no later than the second week of the senior year. They must have completed at least 3 credits of research at level 3 or above to qualify and must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 with a 3.30 average in all chemistry and biology courses.
If the application is approved, students conduct an honors project designed in consultation with an adviser from either the biology or chemistry faculty. An honors committee of no fewer than three faculty members, including the adviser, is selected from both biology and chemistry faculties, with at least one member from each department. The committee reviews the project periodically to monitor the student's progress.
An honors thesis is to be submitted by the student no later than three weeks before the date of graduation. The honors thesis is evaluated by the honors committee. An oral defense of the thesis, open to faculty and students of both departments, is made before the honors committee. Final approval comes from consultation of the honors committee and the chairs of biology and chemistry.
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