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What is Biochemistry?

Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processess in living organisms.  It deals with the structure and function of cellular components such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and other biomolecules.


What can I do with a degree in Biochemistry?

Students with a Biochemistry degree have a lot of career options available to them.  A student, planning to enter the workforce after college, can use his/her schooling as a stepping stone into a wide variety of jobs.  Some job fields include biotechnology, toxicology, biomedical engineering, clinical chemistry, animal science, and plant pathology.  Some students may also enter the marketing field and work for pharmaceutical companies.  Students can also look at furthering their education with a Biochemistry degree.  Some students will go on to gain teaching certifications or enter professional schools such as Dental, Medical, Veterinary, and Law.

 Program Mission Statement

The mission of the B.S. Biochemistry is to offer students the educational experiences and the environment that promotes mastery of biochemical knowledge and skills.  Students graduating with degrees in biochemistry will have the ability to succeed in biochemical-related careers and graduate programs.


What kind of courses will I take?

Biochemistry students will take a wide variety of classes in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Physics.  The courses listed below will give you an idea of some of the courses offered.

Modern bonding theories are developed to the level that permits some understanding of the effects of structure and bonding on chemical properties. Periodic relationships are discussed and applied to selected families of elements. Emphasis is placed on those aspects of structure, bonding, and periodic relationships that are helpful in unifying a large body of chemical knowledge. Selected topics of current interest in inorganic chemistry are discussed.

This course is the first course of a two-semester sequence covering the chemistry of life. It covers protein structure, protein function, and central metabolism

First semester of calculus-based physics. Topics include mechanics, conservation laws, fluid mechanics, vibrations, waves, and sound.


Biochemistry Links

These links have been provided for those who want more information on both the Pitt-Johnstown Biochemistry Program, and the world of Biochemistry as a whole.

Pitt-Johnstown Biochemistry

Degree Requirements (.pdf)

What is Biochemistry?

Biochemistry Society

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Careers in Biochemistry

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Last Reviewed: January 10, 2012