Biochemistry is the perfect choice if you're interested in careers spanning the more traditional fields of chemistry and biology. You'll receive excellent preparation for a variety of careers including biotechnology, pharmacology and agricultural chemistry or pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry and optometry.
The biochemistry major at Central is housed within the chemistry department, which is certified by the American Chemical Society, so you'll receive instruction comparable to that at larger institutions while benefiting from individualized attention and a broad liberal arts background.
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"We can start with something so small, like a chemical bond, and end up making an incredible impact on the world in any field."
Thanks to rigorous coursework and top-notch professors, 94 percent of Central students were admitted into their first or second choice graduate school. Whether you are interested in biochemistry, molecular genetics or a health profession, Central can help you achieve your career goals.
Students with internship experience have a proven track record in a professional environment, which often leads to employment following graduation. About 76 percent of Central students complete an internship or pre-professional experience before graduating, which means you can get a head start on your career!
The chemistry department offers a strong foundation in concepts, coursework and laboratory skills in organic, analytical, inorganic, physical and biochemistry. The curriculum, certified by the American Chemical Society, means graduates are ensured the strong scientific background and the research opportunities needed for graduate school or careers in chemistry or the health professions.
The department also offers students flexible course options in order to incorporate study abroad, research and other liberal arts interests during their four years on campus.
Learn more about biochemistry in the course catalog.
Besides internship opportunities, you'll be encouraged take responsibility for a research project. Faculty are involved in many ongoing projects and always willing to help nurture new ideas for research. Current projects include the study of mushroom extracts on cells and organic molecules that bind with phosphorylated compounds.
Students are encouraged to study abroad with one of Central’s international programs to enhance their development as global citizens, or with partner programs in Chicago, Washington, D.C. or New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.
You'll have direct access to classrooms and laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and presentation technology, including:
Central is one of only seven Iowa private colleges and universities with a chemistry program endorsed by the American Chemical Society.
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