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Biochemistry


Faculty


Dean

 

Administrative Assistants

 

Academic Advisor

 

Science Stockroom Manager

 

Professors

  • Cannon, Mark B. (2005) B.S. 2000, Utah State University; Ph.D. 2005, University of Oregon.
  • Jordan, Benjamin (2012) B.S. 1999, Brigham Young University; PhD 2004 University of Rhode Island.

 

Associate Professors

  • Lukov, Georgi L. (2010) M.D. 1997, Medical University-Plovdiv, Bulgaria; Ph.D. 2005 Brigham Young University.
  • Scott, Daniel M. (2009) A.A. 1999, Brigham Young University Idaho; B.S. 2001, Brigham Young University—Hawaii; Ph.D. 2006, University of California.
  • Weber, Michael F. (1999) B.S. 1982, Brigham Young University; M.S. 1984, University of Michigan; Ph.D. 1988, University of Michigan.

 

Assistant Professor

  • Cornwall, Richard G. (2015) B.S. 2008, Arizona State University; B.A. 2008, Arizona State University; Ph.D. 2014, Colorado State University.

 

Emeritus Faculty

  • Anderson, Dean M. (1966-1997)
  • Day, Randy L. (1980-2012)
  • Frederick, Gary D. (1988-2010)
  • Goodwill, Roger (1994-2017)
  • Wrathall, Jay W. (1969-1999)

 

The Discipline


Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes in living organisms. All interactions and processes in biological systems are, at their foundation, chemical in nature and thus are governed by biochemistry. It is a dynamic and highly relevant field at the intersection of biology and chemistry and includes the study of the structures, functions, interactions, metabolism/catabolism, transport, and combinations of biological molecules. Biochemistry majors develop a strong foundation in the principles of chemistry and apply those principles to the study of living systems.

 

Career Opportunities


Biochemistry has an ever-growing range of applications including biotechnology, bioinformatics, pharmaceuticals and medical sciences, bio-fuels and energy research, food science, toxicology, environmental and agricultural sciences, and even forensic science. The field of biochemistry, positioned at the intersection of chemistry, biology and physics, provides opportunities for collaboration and cooperation between numerous disciplines. Our graduates find employment in various clinical and industrial labs. Many of our students continue on to graduate programs in a variety of biochemistry-related fields. A high percentage of our pre-professional students are successfully placed in professional programs such as medical, dental and pharmaceutical schools. For more information visit this page from the American Chemical Society webpage.

Programs Outcomes


Upon completing a major in Biochemistry, students will:

1. Possess knowledge of the fundamental physical, chemical and biological principles and laws governing nature and life itself.

2. Perform essential laboratory techniques, and employ scientific principles and laboratory skills to solve scientific problems.

3. Convey scientific ideas and knowledge clearly and professionally, in both written and oral forms.

4. Analyze and evaluate relevant scientific literature.

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Future Health-Care Professionals

The Biochemistry and Biology programs offer excellent preparation for students interested in continuing their education at professional schools (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, etc.). Students who are interested in becoming health-care professionals should carefully study the requirements of their desired professional programs and meet with the academic advisor and the pre-healthcare faculty advisor (Dr. Lukov) early in their undergraduate career to prepare a proper course of study.