Biochemistry Major

Biochemistry Major

The Biochemistry Major, offered though the Physical Sciences Department at Eastern, is an interdisciplinary major combining resources and faculty expertise from the Physical Sciences and Biology departments. Students majoring in biochemistry obtain a broad background in Biochemistry from Chemistry and Biology courses, preparing students for the ever-evolving scientific world. The discipline provides an in-depth introduction to the chemistry of living organisms, and the experimental techniques used to investigate the structures and functions of biologically important molecules. The curriculum meets standards set forth by recognized scientific organizations. Students who enjoy both chemistry and biology and are comfortable with quantitative approaches to problem solving will find biochemistry a rewarding field of study.

Biochemistry Program Learning Outcomes:
1.  Development of broad range of basic scientific knowledge, which is of critical importance in view of new scientific discoveries and information: a) Demonstration of achievement in advanced scientific coursework b) Performance on standardized assessment examinations c) Post-graduation achievement

2.  Development of outstanding laboratory skills: a) Performance implementing inorganic analysis b) Performance inorganic analysis c) Performance executing molecular and cell biology techniques d) Performance utilizing advanced physical biochemical analysis and techniques e) Demonstrate capable usage of modern scientific instrumentations, common technology, and computational analysis common to the field

3.  Development of superior quantitative analysis skills: a) Ability to analyze and interpret scientific data collected in hands-on laboratories (organic, biochemistry, and chemical instrumentation laboratories) and independent projects b) Ability to perform and critically interpret thermodynamic, kinetic, and biochemical investigations c) Aptitude collecting, presenting, and evaluating scientific and graphical data d) Performance on standardized assessment examinations

4.  Display ability to express scientific information in both verbal and written forms to colleagues, superiors, and general public:  a) Aptitude writing Scientific Journal Style laboratory reports b) Capacity to deliver oral presentations c) Competence evaluating scientific research papers