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The Chemistry Department at Bowling Green State University offers a broad-based, rigorous specialization in biochemistry as a part of the Bachelor of Science in chemistry. Students are equipped with an education that provides them with intellectual, experimental and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals.
Biochemistry is the study of chemical processes within and relating to living organisms. It focuses on processes happening inside our cells – like how cells communicate with each other during growth or when fighting illness.
The biochemistry program is designed for students interested in the chemistry/biology interface.
At BGSU, biochemistry degree students have the opportunity to work with faculty members and graduate students on research projects. This work often leads to publications in professional journals and presentations at regional or national meetings.
Students have opportunities to work with highly sophisticated equipment such as NMR spectrometers, mass spectrometers, gas and liquid chromatographs, ultracentrifuges, and laser systems.
Many fundamental questions in physiology, ecology, evolution, medicine, pharmacology, microbiology, cell biology and other fields have been addressed using tools developed in biochemistry and molecular biology.
With the speed of development of new techniques, even more questions can start to be answered and many others solved. Today’s biochemistry students will help answer those questions.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world's largest scientific society and the premier home of chemistry professionals. The Bachelor of Science in chemistry, including the specialization in biochemistry, is eligible for certification by the ACS with an appropriate selection of chemistry elective courses.
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As well as being a good pre-med choice, a biochemistry degree can also open doors to further study and rewarding careers in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology or nanotechnology.
Chemical processes in the body are often the difference between health and illness, leading many biochemistry graduates to pursue work in the development, testing and production of medicines.
Biochemists often work for research institutes, consulting firms, and diagnostic or forensic laboratories. They can also work at federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that biochemists have an average annual salary of $94,270 per year, and jobs are expected to grow in line with other careers.
Areas of more rapid growth in the field include bioinformatics, the creation of software tools to deal with the increasing amounts of biological data. To pursue this career, a computer science major would complement a biochemistry degree well
Chemistry Club is an academic and social organization that aims to provide chemistry and biochemistry students and the wider Bowling Green community with a greater appreciation of chemistry.
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
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Updated: 06/27/2022 09:01AM