Undergraduate Programs

The Biochemistry Major at the University of Massachusetts Boston is jointly administered by the Departments of Biology and Chemistry.

A member of the principle biochemistry faculty serves as the Director of the Biochemistry Joint Major. The curriculum generally follows the recommendations of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). This is a rigorous and well-rounded program of study designed to accommodate the needs of a broad spectrum of students seeking a terminal or non-terminal bachelor of science degree in biochemistry.

Students completing a degree in biochemistry will:

  • learn the fundamentals of chemistry and biology with emphasis on organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, genetics and cell and molecular biology.
  • gain a deep appreciation of the theory and laboratory practices in modern biochemistry and a solid understanding of the interaction among metabolic pathways from a systems biology perspective.
  • learn and apply the principles of scientific ethics with regard to use of sources, generating and reporting of data, and collaboration with colleagues.
  • develop an understanding of environmental responsibility.
  • upon graduation, be prepared to practice as a professional biochemist, whether in further study or in the workforce.
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