Biochemistry, BS

  • Diamond Madison, Biochemistry major with a minor in Forensic Biosciences

    PRESENTED HER RESEARCH: “There are many professors that have been actively involved in my academic work, whether it be mentoring, supporting, guiding, influencing, or inspiring my academic opportunities and accomplishments. The research that I am conducting involves the validation of a neurobehavioral pharmacodynamic test in mice for 5-HT2C blocking activity: 5-HTP-Induced head twitch responses. Dr. Daniel Widzowski is my research advisor as well as my professor for many of my classes. Because of him, I have gotten a lot of opportunities to present my research at multiple conferences.”

    —Diamond Madison, Biochemistry major who did an internship in the Autopsy Unit and Medicolegal Death Investigation Unit of the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office

    High-Quality Program, Small Class Sizes

    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.

    One of Only a Few Colleges to Offer Biochemistry as a Degree

    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.

    Opportunities for Research While Still an Undergrad

    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.

    Biochemistry Gives You Options

    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.

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