Biochemistry

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    • Majors: Biochemistry • Chemistry: Pre-Medicine • Chemistry • Chemistry: Pre-Pharmacy • Chemistry: Engineering • Chemistry: A.C.S. Certified

      In biochemistry, you'll gain a molecular understanding of biological systems, preparing you for a career in pharmaceutical discovery, health care, biotechnology, modern agriculture and more.


      What you'll learn

      Enhanced Laboratory — Students take an enhanced laboratory (CHEM 102LE) in the spring semester of their first year. The experiments explore life science problems using modern instrumentation and prepare you for research experiences. You'll be encouraged to present your results at a local or regional meeting of a professional organization in the sciences.


      Capital University’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department has been approved by the American Chemical Society for the professional training of chemists, an honor earned by only about 20 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. Biochemistry at Capital is an interdisciplinary program that blends the strengths of the departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Biological and Environmental Sciences.

      During your first year, you'll take introductory courses in biology and chemistry, followed by organic chemistry, genetics and analytical chemistry in the sophomore year. You'll also begin a broad-based program of general education in the liberal arts tradition — teaching you critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills that will prepare you to adapt to a rapidly changing job market. If you're a first-year student who's not sure of your academic interests (you're not alone), our curriculum in the first two years is designed so you can easily change majors to biology or chemistry.

      In your junior and senior years, you'll take several advanced courses in biochemistry, chemistry and biology, including two science electives that can be tailored to your specific interests. The upper-level curriculum has been designed using guidelines adopted by two national organizations, the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the American Chemical Society. Explore course requirements and descriptions for all majors and minors in our online course bulletin. 


      High-Impact Practices: Learning Beyond the Classroom

       

      Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning — In biochemistry courses, the POGIL project uses teams to engage students in active learning. In addition to mastering concepts, you'll develop problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork and communication skills. Capital is part of a national initiative to develop POGIL classroom activities for biochemistry.


      Capital embraces high-impact practices, like undergraduate research, internships and capstone projects, proven to help students learn most effectively. As early as your first year, you can begin independent research projects that are supervised by biochemistry faculty. These experiences will prepare you for summer research and can result in presentations at national meetings. They also can make you a more competitive job candidate and help you get into graduate school.

      Capital participates in Genome Consortium for Active Teaching, a consortium of schools that are bringing modern genomics and bioinformatics methods to the undergraduate curriculum. DNA microarrays are currently being used in the biochemistry laboratory to study gene expression patterns in bacteria and yeast.

      Another advantage at Capital is an intensive summer program of classes and research offered through the Summer Institute in Science and Mathematics. Capital students can use this program to get ahead by taking required coursework in the summer or serving as teaching or research assistants under the supervision of a faculty member, gaining valuable experience as a science professional. 


      Exploring Your Interests Though Independent Research


      Want to study a classroom topic in greater detail? Do you have an interest that won't be covered in class? Under the guidance of one of our biochemists, you can independently pursue almost any biochemistry topic that excites you, including:

      • Computer modeling of biological molecules
      • Protein structure/function relationships
      • Genetic profiling  

      Where you'll go: Careers and PLacement


      Opportunities for advances in human health care make biochemistry an exciting field of study. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms are major employers of graduates with a biochemistry major. This major is also excellent preparation for students interested in graduate school in biochemistry and molecular biology or health-related careers such as medicine, pharmacy and dentistry.

      More than 90 percent of biochemistry majors pursue an advanced degree in graduate school or a health profession. Biochemistry students have gone on to medical school at Kentucky, veterinary school at Ohio State and Ph.D. programs at Vanderbilt, Purdue, Drexel and Ohio State. Recent graduates also are employed in scientific careers at Battelle and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The current U.S. biotechnology workforce is 200,000 strong and is expected to grow 12 to 17 percent annually for the next five years. As a biochemistry major, you can choose from a variety of different fields, including:  

      • Biotechnology
      • Toxicology
      • Biomedical engineering
      • Pharmacology
      • Plant pathology

      You can also use your degree as a foundation for graduate studies in biomedical science, biochemistry or molecular biology. Our biochemistry alumni are making names for themselves, both in graduate school and in the workplace. Here's what some of them are doing now:  

      • Studying in the M.D./Ph.D. program at the University of Kentucky
      • Learning veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University
      • Studying pharmacology at the graduate level at Wake Forest University
      • Working as a chemist at Battelle
      • Working as a lab manager at Capital University
       
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