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.
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.
Ellie Du Pre, B.S., Ph.D. Professor of Biology, interest areas include: histology, human anatomy and physiology, epidemiology and environmental endocrine disruptors
Ashley Garr, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Chemistry, interest areas include: physical chemistry and computational chemistry
Cathy Haustein, B.A., M.F.A., Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry, interest areas include: analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry instrumental analysis, the extraction of alkaloids from natural products, fluorescence spectroscopy and fiction writing
Nicole Palenske, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology, interest areas include: human anatomy and physiology, environmental physiology and aquatic toxicology
James Shriver, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry, interest areas include: organic chemistry, molecular engineering and design, supramolecular chemistry and anion binding
Jay Wackerly, B.S., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Chemistry, interest areas include: organic chemistry: synthesis and supramolecular chemistry
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:
300 MHz Bruker NMR
Spectrum Rx Perkin Elmer ATR-FTIR Spectrometer
HP 6890 GC with an HP 5973 quadrapole mass selective detector
HPLC series 1100 with UV-Vis detector
Two HP 6890 gas chromatographs with TCD
Central is one of only seven Iowa private colleges and universities with a chemistry program endorsed by the American Chemical Society.
Doing research in Costa Rica is a revelation, say the first members of Central’s newest research program.
Associate professor of biochemistry Glenn Barnett says he wasn’t sure what to expect when he moved to Iowa. Central College impressed him.
Taylor Sanders, student body president, writes resolutions for her final semester at Central.
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