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Biochemistry Program

Biochemistry

Biochemistry studies the chemical and biological structures and processes associated with living organisms, including humans. It is focused on understanding the structure, function, interactions, transport, and metabolism of proteins, nucleic acids (DNA & RNA), carbohydrates, various types of lipids, and bio-inorganics.

Biochemistry has an ever-growing range of applications including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medical sciences, bioinformatics, biofuels and energy research, food science, toxicology, environmental and agricultural sciences, and even forensic science. The field of biochemistry, positioned at the intersection of chemistry, biology, and physics, provides opportunities for collaboration and cooperation between numerous disciplines.

Career Opportunities

Graduate School (PhD or MS) Medical School (MD) Medical School (DO)
Dental School (DDS/DMD) Pharmacy School (PharmD) Physical Therapy School (PT)

On average, close to 90% of our graduates continue their education in graduate programs. Many of our students are accepted to and complete Ph.D. or M.S. programs in a variety of chemistry- or biochemistry-related fields. A great majority, of those who apply, get accepted and complete doctoral programs in medicine, dentistry or pharmacy. Those who seek employment post-graduation, usually work in various clinical, academic or industrial labs. For more information, view the links above this paragraph or visit the Career Resources pages of the American Chemical Society and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Resources

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Mentored Research in Biochemistry

July 29, 2019 10:36 AM
"The research program during my senior year really made a difference in giving me first-hand experience. This also strengthened my application for graduate school."
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Graduate Schools, Careers, and Internships

Opportunities for Biology and Biochemistry majors.
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Academic Advisor

Biochemistry Program Faculty

Rebecca Carlson

Adjunct Faculty (Sciences)
beckajc@go.byuh.edu

Kikiana Hurwitz

University Laboratory Manager
SCB 325
(808) 675-4632
kikiana.hurwitz@byuh.edu

M. Takeshi Nakata

Adjunct Faculty (Sciences)
SCB 313
mtn2@go.byuh.edu

Jacqueline Rasmussen

Adjunct Faculty (Sciences)
SCB 313
jacqdr@go.byuh.edu