Major in Biochemistry

Major in Biochemistry

You Belong Here

You’re interested in exploring life at the molecular level. You’re curious about all living things and how cells function and communicate. Research excites you, and you dream of making a scientific discovery that can impact the world of healthcare, agriculture, or the environment. Biochemistry might be the major for you.

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Why UC?

The biochemistry major at UC gives students a solid understanding of the fundamental building blocks of life, preparing them for fulfilling careers in a field on the leading edge of human knowledge. Supported by exceptional faculty and advanced instrumentation, the program is modeled on a course of study approved by the American Chemical Society.

Learn more about UC's biochemistry faculty.

What You’ll Learn

The biochemistry major offers core study in chemistry that will lay the foundation for a future in biotechnology, biochemistry, and medicine. The integrated curriculum includes: general, organic, and physical chemistry; research methods; and quantitative analysis. In addition, UC biochemistry students have the opportunity make significant contributions to ongoing research and pursue independent research projects of their own.

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A Degree that Works

UC biochemistry students graduate with the skills to think, work, and write like chemists. Biochemistry grads go on to top graduate schools or careers in the biochemistry or medical industries.

UC is one of 3 schools in the country to use cutting-edge, professional medicinal pharmaceutical software - the same used by industry leaders.

Spotlight: Lab Technology

In recent years the College has added more than $350,000 in new instrumentation available for use by students in the program.

Major chemistry instrumentation on-site:

  • Bruker Avance III DH 400 MHz Fourier Transform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (FTNMR) equipped with a multi-nuclear probe (including routine 31P and 19F capabilities) and variable temperature capabilities;
  • Two Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometers (FTIR) including a PerkinElmer Spectrum One spectrometer with diffuse reflectance and universal ATR sampling accessories and a PerkinElmer Spectrum Two spectrometer with ATR accessory
  • Perkin Elmer Lambda 650 Ultraviolet/Visible (UV/Vis) spectrophotometer with a universal reflectance accessory;
  • Thermo Scientific Evolution Diode-Array UV-Visible spectrophotometer with sample changer;
  • PerkinElmer LS55 Fluorescence Spectrophotometer;
  • Thermo Scientific M Series atomic absorption (AA) spectrometer with flame and graphite furnace  atomization;
  • Thermo Scientific Spectra System quaternary high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC) with a diode array detector and auto sampler;
  • Thermo Scientific Trace-DSQ II gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC/MS) equipped with a second injection port, flame ionization and electron capture detectors, and an auto sampler;
  • Gow-Mac gas chromatograph;
  • BASi Epsilon System for Electrochemistry with a controlled growth mercury electrode and a cyclic voltammetry cell stand.
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- Danielle McHarris '15

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