Concentration in Biochemistry
In an effort to better serve the growing student population with an interest in biochemistry, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has designed a new curriculum for the concentration in biochemistry. A full description of the concentration is shown below, but if you have any questions or comments, please contact Tim Born.
This concentration has been designed to better serve our students who are interested in the application of chemical principles to the life sciences. The increase in job opportunities for students in Northern Virginia with organizations such as Eli Lilly, ATCC, MediaTech, GeoCenters, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, to name a few in the area, provides students with excellent local employment options. A student who completes this course of study will have a fundamental background in chemistry as well as a broad knowledge of biochemistry and biology and will be prepared for the following career choices:
The major changes to the existing biochemistry concentration include:
New classes have been introduced to widen the biochemistry-related offerings available to students. These classes include a second semester of general biochemistry, bioorganic chemistry, and the chemistry of enzyme catalyzed reactions.
In addition to the general education requirements, students who select the concentration in biochemistry will be required to complete the following:
1. 44 hours of chemistry courses:
2. Eight hours of mathematics:
3. hours of physics:
4. Eight hours of biology
5. Nine credits of Science Electives
Students in the biochemistry track are highly encouraged to consider spending a semester or two working in a research lab with professors from the Chemistry and Biochemistry department, the Molecular and Microbiology department, the Krasnow Institute, the Center for Biodefense, the Environmental Science and Policy department, or the Psychology department. Please contact individual faculty members to find out what research projects they may have available.