As a Biochemistry major, you will learn the fundamentals of chemical and biochemical theory and practice through scientific investigation, laboratory experience and research opportunities. Through biochemistry coursework, you'll be able to comprehensively review and clearly communicate concepts among the disciplines of chemistry: analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry.
All Biochemistry students will take core courses in chemistry and biochemistry, biology, physics and mathematics.
A Traditional Foundation with Direct Career Application
Students learn to carry out all chemistry and biochemistry related tasks ethically, which can include:
- Carrying out experiments
- Recording and analyzing data
- Presenting and publishing scientific findings
The program includes using instrumentation to collect and record data for biochemical and chemical experiments. You'll gain skills in providing clear rationale for independent statements and conclusions by using problem solving, critical thinking, and analytical reasoning skills. Using modern library retrieval methods, you'll obtain information about related topics. You;ll also practice/implement standard safety procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals and biochemicals.
Useful, Real-world Connections
Faculty in the Department of Chemistry conduct research projects in biochemistry, chemical biology, biophysical chemistry, medicinal chemistry and bioanalytical chemistry in addition to traditional subdisciplines of chemistry. Their projects are funded internally and also through government, foundation and industry grants, providing students with multiple opportunities to gain hands-on research experience. Being in Chicago also allows you to attend many scientific conferences hosted in the city throughout the year.