The Bachelor of Science in biochemistry is a rigorous science degree requiring requisite backgrounds and mathematics and science. It is a B.S. level program which will prepare students for direct employment in biomedical, environmental, and defense areas; or, any fields that utilize B.S. level scientists and for entry into biochemistry graduate schools. The degree includes 32 hours of core courses in chemistry, biochemistry and sciences. The B.S. Biochemistry program will prepare students for direct employment in biomedical, environmental, and defense areas; or, any fields that utilize baccalaureate level scientists. Graduates will be prepared for employment at government laboratories, grant-funded university research facilities, industrial laboratories, and pharmaceutical laboratories, Graduates will also be prepared for entry into biochemistry master’s and doctoral programs including medical school. The biochemistry major provides a foundation for acceptance into professional programs and serves as a pre-professional track for pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary, environmental, marine sciences programs.
The biochemistry program is broad. The program can be completed within 120 credit hours. The curriculum includes (a) 36 hours of general education coursework; (b) common prerequisites in biology, general and organic chemistry, and calculus,(c) 21 hours of required courses in the major; (d) 21 hours of electives in the major; and (d) 3 hours of IDS 3920 University Colloquium. The B.S. in Biochemistry includes courses that integrate chemistry with the life sciences (biochemistry, physical chemistry for the life sciences, and a bio-inorganic or medicinal chemistry courses) which make this program unique in Florida.
The program is also suited for students who wish to teach chemistry at the high school level after graduation but who prefer to study chemistry and biology more in-depth than a traditional education major. Graduates would be qualified to teach chemistry, although additional certification requirements may be necessary. Information on teaching certification requirements can be obtained in the College of Education.
Pedagogically, lectures are combined with group problem-solving activities with an emphasis on highly collaborative student-centered, interactive learning environment for General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry courses rather than the traditional lecture format. Upper level lectures are combined with group problem-solving activities with an emphasis on lab-centered learning. Laboratories are designed to include the latest technology and to allow collaborative experimental experiences. Instructors use active learning techniques to allow students to experience and understand chemical principles. The biochemistry major allows students to participate in undergraduate research. Students will learn the process of science, and in doing so will learn how to solve problems.