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Undergraduate Program

Welcome, Undergraduates!

The Biochemistry B.S. program is ranked #4 of all public land-grant Biochemistry programs, and #9 of all public universities in the U.S., and engages over 500 undergraduate majors. Dr. Jinsong Zhu is the Director of the Undergraduate Program. Two Academic Advisors provide hands-on advising in our Engel Advising office, Ms. Amy Rasor, and Dr. Jim Tokuhisa. Our First Year students take our First Year Experience 1 course (BCHM 1014), which is currently taught by Dr. Kris Hite, and our second semester FYE 2 course, taught by Dr. Anne Brown. An undergraduate Peer Mentor is assigned to each first year Biochemistry student, to help with navigating the first year of studies. Our Peer Mentors attend FYE classes, and hold Chemistry study sessions, to assist all students in bettering themselves academically.

 

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The biochemistry undergraduate program is one of the largest in the U.S., and is accredited by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).  Many of our Biochemistry majors are involved in undergraduate research in a diverse range of areas, including molecular biology, drug discovery, cell biology, plant biochemistry, infectious diseases, cancer biology, enzyme regulation, metabolism, analytical biochemistry, and molecular modeling. Our goal is to provide aspiring molecular life scientists with the opportunity to obtain a world class education by engaging in a program of instruction that emphasizes:

-          Critical thinking

-          Rigorous and effective application of the scientific method

-          Quantitative analysis

-          Fundamental chemical, biological, and physical principles

-          Clear and accurate written and verbal communication

-          Intensive experiential learning activities
 

The BS programs starts with Introduction to Biochemistry (BCHM 1014), our First Year Experience in Biochemistry course, where students are assisted by peer mentors, and learn about modern research approaches and careers. Our second year course, Biochemical Calculations (BCHM 2114), is designed to help students master quantitative reasoning skills needed for success in upper level science courses. General Biochemistry (BCHM 4115-4116) is our year-long majors biochemistry course which introduces advanced concepts, problem-solving approaches, data analysis and experimental design. Our capstone, six-credit Biochemistry laboratory course (BCHM 4124) is taught by faculty dedicated to helping students master both the understanding of concepts and expertise required for biochemical experimentation.