Biochemistry is the perfect choice for students interested in careers spanning the more traditional fields of chemistry and biology. Students choosing this major will obtain 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 students receive instruction comparable to that at larger institutions while benefiting from individualized attention and a broad liberal arts background.
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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.
In addition to internship opportunities, students are encouraged take responsibility for a research project. Faculty are involved in many ongoing projects and are always willing to help nurture new ideas for research. Current projects with biochemistry involvement 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.
Students 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.
Seniors Mycaela Crouse and Rachel Connelly experienced an opportunity of a lifetime—for two weeks, the friends spent time job shadowing doctors in Thailand in several areas of the local hospitals.
The Arthur J. Bosch Endowment for Student Research will support students in academic research, intentionally linking students with faculty and alumni partners in collaborative research
Dr. Barbara Pettitt ’72 put on a suture workshop for Central students interested in medical school—providing hands-on practice sewing and tying for the future doctors.