2020-2021 Catalog 
    Oct 05, 2022  
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry, ACS Certified Major

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Professors Brugh, Vogt
Associate Professors Grunkemeyer, Lever, Thomas

This major meets the recommendations of the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training. Students completing the major will be certified by the American Chemical Society. ACS certified majors are particularly attractive to industry. With the more extensive curricular development of this major, students are also better prepared for graduate study in chemistry and biochemistry and for industrial research. This major is strongly recommended for students pursuing a career in biochemistry.


Learning Objectives

The Biochemistry Major seeks to provide students with experiences that enable them to:

1.      achieve a solid foundation in major areas of chemistry with an emphasis on Biochemistry, such that they understand and can apply the fundamental laws and theories of chemistry in the various sub-disciplines and understand the central role of chemistry in the sciences.

2.      understand the relationship between molecular properties and macroscopic behavior by providing them with the skill to use chemical and mathematical symbols and equations to represent the behavior of matter at the macroscopic, molecular and atomic levels.

3.      exercise critical discernment of the key features of chemical problems and apply knowledge and judgement to solve such problems, including the design and execution of experiments and computations involving the synthesis of molecules and characterization of chemical properties and phenomena via experimental and computational techniques using modern instrumentation and computer technologies.

4.      communicate effectively, including accessing and using major information sources of the discipline, conveying (orally and in writing) the results of scientific inquiry in a clear and  professionally acceptable manner, and working cooperatively with others in team settings.

5.      prepare for professional attainment.


Recommendations. When possible, chemistry majors are encouraged to complete courses such as CHEM 340  and CHEM 351  by the end of their junior years. This schedule will maximize the value of research experiences available both within and outside of the department.

Students interested in graduate study in chemistry should demonstrate their mastery of the discipline by taking the chemistry (subject) test of the Graduate Record Examination by December of the senior year.

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