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New Biochemistry Degree

      Beginning fall 2009 the Chemistry Department at Pitt-Johnstown will offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry.      

      The new biochemistry degree will help to meet the growing demand for workers in the emerging biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical fields.  The US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that employment opportunities in the biochemistry field will increase by 25% by 2014.   Employment opportunities in the medical field are expected to grow by 50%, with opportunities in forensic science expected to increase by 36%.  Salaries for entry-level positions in fields open to a biochemistry graduate are also increasing.  As an example, according to BLS’ 2007 National Wage Estimates, the median entry-level salary in the area of pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing exceeds $90,000.

     The first two years of study in biochemistry will include fundamental courses in physics, biology, mathematics, and chemistry.  In order to graduate, students will need to complete 120 credits.

     Pitt-Johnstown Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Alan Teich commented, “the biochemistry degree, along with our two other new programs, expands the unique mix of programs available at Pitt-Johnstown.  These programs, designed by our very dedicated faculty, reflect Pitt-Johnstown’s commitment to offering a high-quality educational experience that is responsive to the needs of our students and our communities.”

     Additional information on the biochemistry degree is available by contacting Chemistry Department at 814-269-2904.

      Beginning fall 2009 the Chemistry Department at Pitt-Johnstown will offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry.      

      The new biochemistry degree will help to meet the growing demand for workers in the emerging biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical fields.  The US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that employment opportunities in the biochemistry field will increase by 25% by 2014.   Employment opportunities in the medical field are expected to grow by 50%, with opportunities in forensic science expected to increase by 36%.  Salaries for entry-level positions in fields open to a biochemistry graduate are also increasing.  As an example, according to BLS’ 2007 National Wage Estimates, the median entry-level salary in the area of pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing exceeds $90,000.

     The first two years of study in biochemistry will include fundamental courses in physics, biology, mathematics, and chemistry.  In order to graduate, students will need to complete 120 credits.

     Pitt-Johnstown Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Alan Teich commented, “the biochemistry degree, along with our two other new programs, expands the unique mix of programs available at Pitt-Johnstown.  These programs, designed by our very dedicated faculty, reflect Pitt-Johnstown’s commitment to offering a high-quality educational experience that is responsive to the needs of our students and our communities.”

     Additional information on the biochemistry degree is available by contacting Chemistry Department at 814-269-2904.