Featured Major: Biochemistry 9/13

The Biochemistry degree program is now 5 years old; and 13 students have graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry. These students have gone on to a wide range of career choices, including medical school, pharmacy school, and biomedical research.

Pictured from left to right, Thomas Summers, Colton Terhune, Kim Ngo, Jimmy Nguyen, Karina Chavez, Shesha, Shah, Takeva Hicks, and Emi Abutineh are shown performing a column chromatography experiment in the Biochemistry I Laboratory course.

Pictured from left to right, Thomas Summers, Colton Terhune, Kim Ngo, Jimmy Nguyen, Karina Chavez, Shesha, Shah, Takeva Hicks, and Emi Abutineh are shown performing a column chromatography experiment in the Biochemistry I Laboratory course.

The Biochemistry degree is designed to provide a strong preparation for both the workplace and professional schools, including pharmacy, medical and dental schools. The degree places a strong emphasis on the development of a wide range of skills at the molecular level that are needed in medical and biochemical research laboratories. For this reason the major places a heavy emphasis on requiring laboratory courses to accompany most of the lecture courses needed for completion of the degree. Of the 15 required biology and chemistry lecture courses in the program, 14 have companion laboratory courses.

Stephen (Riley) Pace, Chemistry 2013, Alecia Stewart, Biochemistry, 2013, and Jessica Green,  Biochemistry 2013, are pictured above in the lobby of the Curris Center at Murray State University after presenting their research at the 36th Annual SMACS Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting.   Riley Pace received a Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) fellowship to perform his research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Alecia Stewart received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) to perform research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  Jessica Green performed her research in the Department of Chemistry at CBU.

Stephen (Riley) Pace, Chemistry 2013, Alecia Stewart, Biochemistry, 2013, and Jessica Green, Biochemistry 2013, are pictured above in the lobby of the Curris Center at Murray State University after presenting their research at the 36th Annual SMACS Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting. Riley Pace received a Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) fellowship to perform his research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Alecia Stewart received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) to perform research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Jessica Green performed her research in the Department of Chemistry at CBU.

Research is an important component of the B.S. Biochemistry degree program. In recognition of this fact, we now have a 4 semester sequence of Research Seminar courses, including CHEM 330 Research Seminar I, CHEM 331 Research Seminar II, CHEM 428 Research Seminar III, and CHEM 429 Research Seminar IV. An important component of the research program is the development of effective communication skills. Students are required to present the results of their work in a variety of formats, including: (a) a poster at the University Poster session in April; (b) oral presentations at a SMACS Area Collegiate Meeting and at the Annual Department of Chemistry Research Conference; and (c) a written senior thesis in the style of a major scientific journal.