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Chemistry: Biochemistry

Offered by: Chemistry

The major in Biochemistry will prepare you for a variety of career opportunities in chemistry. Through a rigorous curriculum that includes biology and chemistry courses, you'll be prepared to enter the job market directly or to continue your education in a graduate or professional program.

Why Choose Biochemistry?

As a major in Biochemistry at SRU, you'll take coursework designed to strengthen your understanding of organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, and biochemistry.

You'll take lecture and laboratory courses in modern facilities with small class sizes taught by faculty who are committed to individualized interaction. You'll conduct experiments that will give you experience with current synthetic and analytical techniques as well as opportunities to use a wide variety of instruments. Upon graduation, you'll be prepared for further postgraduate education and careers in industry, government, medicine and education.

The Biochemistry program at SRU will provide you with a strong background in chemistry as a result of the following:

  • Small class sizes with high-quality instruction
  • The opportunity to do undergraduate research and work one-on-one with faculty
  • Hands-on experience with state of the art instruments in upper level classes

The Chemistry program at Slippery Rock University is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

What Will You Learn?

As a major in Biochemistry, you will take courses in chemistry and biology to gain the foundation necessary for employment in biochemistry, pharmaceutical, and medical fields. Your coursework will include:

  • Biochemistry II lecture and lab
  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • Principles of biology

Careers In Biochemistry

A background in biochemistry will prepare you for a career in:

  • Academia
  • Business and sales
  • Drug design
  • Medicine, pharmacy, pharmacology
  • Patent law after earning a M.S. and J.D
  • Political lobbying

The options available for a career in biochemistry or a related field are varied and some require additional coursework or an advanced degree.