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Biochemistry

About

Combine your interests in the biological and physical sciences by becoming a biochemistry major at Saint Michael’s College.

The biochemistry curriculum at Saint Michael’s College combines small class size, excellent faculty, and personal attention with the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience with a variety of techniques and instrumentation, and to conduct research or independent study with a faculty mentor.

A bachelor’s degree in biochemistry prepares you for employment in academic, industrial, and government laboratories or for further study in graduate or professional schools, including forensics, medicine,  pharmacy, and many other allied health programs.

Curriculum

Major Requirements

Sample Four Year Plan

Fall

BI 151 Introduction to Ecology & Evolution

CH 110 General Chemistry I

MA 150 Calculus I

First Year Seminar

Spring

BI 153 Introductory Cell Biology & Genetics

CH 117 Organic Chemistry I

MA 160 Calculus II

Liberal Studies course

Fall

BI 225 Cell Biology

CH 207 Organic Chemistry II

PY 210 College Physics I

Liberal Studies course

Spring

BI 223 Molecular Genetics

CH 208 General Chemistry II

PY 211 College Physics II

Liberal Studies course

Fall

CH 325 Biochemistry I

CH 302 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Junior Seminar

Liberal Studies course

Spring

CH 327 Biochemistry II

CH 215 Integrated Chemical Analysis**

Biology laboratory course**

Elective

 

** Biochemistry majors can choose between Integrated Chemical Analysis and an upper level Biology laboratory course.

Fall

CH 410 Chemistry Senior Seminar

Electives

Spring

CH 410 Chemistry Senior Seminar

Electives

The scheduling of courses should be discussed with your academic advisor during the first year.  For students planning to study abroad, it is particularly important to plan the subsequent years during the first year.

In Depth

Our program emphasizes the relationships between the structure and function of living things, and the health and medical connections to those relationships.

As a Biochemistry major, you will start with the biology and chemistry courses that provide the background necessary to study biochemistry.  Those courses include Ecology and Evolution, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry.  In the Biochemistry sequence, you will learn about the four major categories of structures that make up biological systems–peptides/proteins, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, and lipids. Then you will go on to study biological membranes, enzymes, lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, and topics in nutrition.

In your Senior Seminar, you will research a biochemistry topic in great depth.  You have two options to present your research:  prepare a major report on the topic, or develop a research proposal based on the topic (modeled after the process whereby scientists procure funding for research).  For examples of recent Biochemistry senior projects, go to Seminar Projects.

Biochemistry Learning Outcomes

Careers

Students who graduate from our program have a wide variety of career options. Upon graduation, they are qualified to move directly into jobs in industrial, government, and academic laboratories and are prepared to apply for admission to many healthcare professional programs, including medical, nursing, and pharmacy schools.

Our students are also well prepared for graduate studies in biochemistry and, with additional electives, for graduate studies in biology and chemistry. Our graduates get advanced degrees in fields such as biochemistry, organic chemistry, pharmacy, pharmaceuticals, forensics, and science teaching.

Recent Biochemistry graduates are currently in graduate programs at:

  • University of Vermont
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Hawaii
  • Ohio State University
  • City University of New York.

Research

We can help you identify and apply for student research grants on the state and national level. Many of our students who are awarded these grants work one-on-one with a faculty member during the academic year and during the summer months on campus.

You can also conduct research through programs with other institutions such as Lafayette College, UMass Amherst, UVM and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In Depth

Our program emphasizes the relationships between the structure and function of living things, and the health and medical connections to those relationships.

As a Biochemistry major, you will start with the biology and chemistry courses that provide the background necessary to study biochemistry.  Those courses include Ecology and Evolution, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry.  In the Biochemistry sequence, you will learn about the four major categories of structures that make up biological systems–peptides/proteins, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, and lipids. Then you will go on to study biological membranes, enzymes, lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, and topics in nutrition.

In your Senior Seminar, you will research a biochemistry topic in great depth.  You have two options to present your research:  prepare a major report on the topic, or develop a research proposal based on the topic (modeled after the process whereby scientists procure funding for research).  For examples of recent Biochemistry senior projects, go to Seminar Projects.

Biochemistry Learning Outcomes

Careers

Students who graduate from our program have a wide variety of career options. Upon graduation, they are qualified to move directly into jobs in industrial, government, and academic laboratories and are prepared to apply for admission to many healthcare professional programs, including medical, nursing, and pharmacy schools.

Our students are also well prepared for graduate studies in biochemistry and, with additional electives, for graduate studies in biology and chemistry. Our graduates get advanced degrees in fields such as biochemistry, organic chemistry, pharmacy, pharmaceuticals, forensics, and science teaching.

Recent Biochemistry graduates are currently in graduate programs at:

  • University of Vermont
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Hawaii
  • Ohio State University
  • City University of New York.

Research

We can help you identify and apply for student research grants on the state and national level. Many of our students who are awarded these grants work one-on-one with a faculty member during the academic year and during the summer months on campus.

You can also conduct research through programs with other institutions such as Lafayette College, UMass Amherst, UVM and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.