Converse’s Biochemistry program blends chemistry and biology to prepare students for a variety of career paths in biotechnology, pharmacology, molecular biology, and other natural science and medical science careers. Converse University’s Bachelor of Science major in biochemistry is based upon the recommendations of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. By concentrating on the molecular level of living things, students develop skills and critical thinking that have broad applications within a variety of industries.
Converse Biochemistry graduates are positioned to pursue lucrative job opportunities immediately upon graduation; other graduates enter a PhD in biochemistry graduate program or professional degrees in fields such as medicine, pharmacy, engineering, or law.
- Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
At its core, Biochemistry examines the complex makeup of living organisms. But biochemistry is much more than that – it affects nearly every aspect of our lives.
Biochemists examine the structure and reactions of the molecules that combine to create living things and their biological processes. Biochemistry provides explanations for the causes of many diseases. Biochemists work towards cures and treatments for disease. The study of biochemistry is especially beneficial if you are interested in a career path in medicine, pharmacy, nutrition, agriculture and food systems.
Many aspiring scientists have to wait until graduate school to begin conducting original research. But as a Converse biochemistry major, you’ll be exposed to research opportunities as an undergraduate. Working independently or side-by-side with faculty mentors, our students have won awards at state, regional, and national conferences. 100% of our Biochemistry students work with their faculty to complete research projects by the time they graduate.
In fact, Converse is a leader in the state in the number of student/faculty research proposals funded by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) consortium.
As a biochemistry major, you can gain intensive training through internships, shadowing, or undergraduate summer research experience.
Biology Honor Society
Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) Biological Honor Society was established in 1922 at Oklahoma City University for students interested in the biological sciences. The Nu Xi Chapter of TriBeta was founded in 2009 at Converse College by Dr. Neval Erturk. Its top priority is to spread scientific knowledge and to encourage student research. TriBeta Nu Xi activities have included hosting speakers (science experts), research scholarship competitions, and hosting biology-related games for the campus community.
Through completion of a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biochemistry, you will acquire an intermediate understanding of fundamental biochemical principles and integrate these with principles from major areas of chemistry (analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry) and biology (cellular biology, organismal biology, genetics and molecular biology). You will learn laboratory and communication skills preparing you to be a biochemist. Our coursework will engage you in the scientific process and help you achieve an advanced understanding of research, methods, and analysis.
A degree in biochemistry will prepare you to pursue a career in research, teaching or in health professions such as medicine, physical therapy, nursing, veterinary medicine, and many others.
All biochemistry majors receive research experience, and you will give scientific presentations in the Junior and Senior Seminar courses.
- Organic Chemistry
- Quantitative Analysis
- Physical Chemistry
- Cell Biology
- Molecular Biology
What are common careers in Biochemistry?
- Pharmaceutical Sales
- Food Scientist
- Forensic Scientist
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