The Biochemistry Major - Challenge Your Mind
The Biochemistry Undergraduate Major Program provides a challenging and exciting introduction to the chemical basis of biological phenomena. Biochemistry is a major for students who want to know how living systems operate and how they are regulated. The major is designed to prepare students who intend to pursue graduate study, attend health-related professional schools, pursue secondary school teaching careers, and fill entry-level positions in private, state, and federal laboratories or in pharmaceutical and biotechnical industries.
Majors in biochemistry will take basic biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics as the bedrock of their education. They will then take courses in genetics, cell biology, biochemistry and biochemistry laboratory. Students must choose at least two elective courses from an approved list of about 20 courses at the junior or senior level which includes such offerings such as cancer biology, physiology, microbiology, bioinformatics, neurobiology, developmental biology and many others. Students who perform research in faculty laboratories will receive upper division credit. Upper division credit is also given for being a Teaching Assistant in our courses or for readings courses taken with a faculty member. Students may not declare a double major among biochemistry, biology, and pharmacology majors. All students are eligible to declare the biochemistry major, but must maintain a minimum grade of C in all required coursework to obtain a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biochemistry. In addition to the BS degree, a number of combined degree options (BS, MS or BS, MBA) are available for Biochemistry majors.
To Declare a Biochemistry Major:
All students are eligible to declare a Biochemistry Major; however, combined degrees in Biochemistry and Biology or Pharmacology are not permitted. To declare a Biochemistry Major, visit the Division of Undergraduate Biological Sciences office (110 CMM/BLL
631-632-8530) and fill out a major declaration form and student information sheet. It is advisable that students also speak with a Biochemistry Major advisor.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Harvard Lyman
Office: Life Sciences Building 472
Office hours: Tuesdays 2:00-3:30
For more information on the Division of Undergraduate Biological Sciences go to:
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