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Biochemistry (B.S.)

B.S., Biochemistry

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

What You'll Do

What do the health care industry, parts of the chemical industry, homeland security, environmental testing, and genetic engineering have in common? They all rely on biochemists. As a Biochemistry major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll gain the top-quality preparation you’ll need to begin your career or to gain admittance to graduate and professional schools.

IUP’s program is one of only a few in the country in which students can earn an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. 
Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes in living organisms. It deals with the structure and function of cellular components, such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and other biomolecules. IUP Biochemistry students work with state-of-the-art equipment in a high-quality program with small class sizes.

For your first two years at IUP, you’ll study biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Beginning in the third year, you’ll specialize in biochemistry.  In your senior year, your participation in research is a unique feature among university undergraduate programs. IUP professors are highly committed to student field experiences, research, and hands-on projects.

What You'll Become

The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry will prepare you to enter graduate programs in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, and molecular biology, as well as professional schools in the health sciences. With this degree, you could find employment in industrial or government research laboratories or in industrial production facilities.

Other areas you could pursue include toxicology, cancer research, food science, biotechnology, genetic engineering, immunology, and medical research.

According to a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 39 percent of biological scientists were employed by the government at various levels. The report found that most of the remainder worked in research and testing laboratories, the pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing industries, or colleges and universities.

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Special Features

  • Through membership in chapters of the American Chemical Society and Alpha Chi Sigma service fraternity, students take part in a variety of activities, such as tutoring on campus and presenting liquid-nitrogen shows at schools.
  • A forensic science course explores the chemistry of drugs, arson, poisons, hair, fibers, glass, and fingerprints and the methods used in forensic evidence collection, processing, and crime scene reconstruction.
  • The American Chemical Society Club members participate in volunteer water sampling of the Penn Hills II and Richards abandoned mine drainage sites near Clymer, Pa., in collaboration with the Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team.
  • IUP offers a cooperative program at the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology. Summer sessions offer ecological and environmental classes.