Biochemistry, BS

Estefania Alba Rodriguez RESEARCHING KIDNEY REGENERATION — “Since my first semester, Professor Cuong Diep has welcomed me into his lab. Our lab is focused on understanding kidney regeneration and development using a zebrafish model system. Without his guidance and support, I could not be where I am today,” said biochemistry major Estefania Alba-Rodriguez ’15, who did her internship at Hershey Medical Center.

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.