Revised Program [Fall 2021]
A Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry - General, is designed for students interested in biochemistry or who need some general biochemical knowledge for their future career but who require a less extensive background in chemistry than that presented in the Biochemistry Major. Often selected by students interested in pre-professional programs, this major is also chosen by those who desire a broader experience in other disciplines or those who want to enter the workforce immediately after graduation.
This is a designated STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program.
A general Biochemistry major learns how to think about the complexity of life in chemical terms and acquires practical chemistry and biochemistry lab and problem-solving skills. Graduates of this program will have the biochemical foundation they need for a career in medicine or the chemical, biomedical, or biotechnology industries.
In addition to taking both lecture and hands-on laboratory courses, many general Biochemistry majors choose to participate in individual, mentored research with a faculty member. This research training deepens their scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills. It often includes opportunities to present research findings both to other EMU students and at regional or national conferences. In addition, this major provides a strong foundation for students interested in Pre-Medicine or Pre-Dentistry, or a diversity of other fields. It also is a good path to a job in the industry.
Career opportunities include the following: analytical chemist, biomedical research assistant, biotechnology research assistant, brewer lab assistant, chemical research technician, chemical oceanographer, chemical sales representative, consumer protection specialist, crime lab analyst, dentist, food and drug analyst, forensic chemist, industrial health engineer, information scientist, lawyer, science librarian, occupational safety specialist, optometrist, osteopathologist, patent examiner, pharmacist, pharmacologist, physician, police chemist, soil scientist, a veterinarian.
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