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Department Chair

Academic Advisor

Science Office Manager

  • Nola Poutoa, (poutoan@byuh.edu)
    McKay 138D, Phone: (808) 675-3801, Fax: (808) 675-3825

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Professors

  • Cannon, Mark B. (2005) B.S. 2000, Utah State University; Ph.D. 2005, University of Oregon.

Associate Professors

  • Bruner, Phillip L. (1978) B.S. 1970, Church College of Hawaii; M.S. 1974, Louisiana State University.
  • Bybee, David (2007) B.S. 1997, Brigham Young University; PhD 2006, University of Hawaii.
  • Jordan, Benjamin (2012) B.S. 1999, Brigham Young University; PhD 2004 University of Rhode Island.
  • 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 Professors

  • Cornwall, Richard G. (2015) B.S. 2008, Arizona State University; B.A. 2008, Arizona State University; Ph.D. 2014, Colorado State University.
  • Ingley, Spencer (2017) B.S. 2010, University of Florida; Ph.D. 2015, Brigham Young University.
  • Saucier, Esprit (2017) B.S. 2006, Ohio State University; M.S. 2009, Ohio State University; Ph.D. 2016, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
  • Smith, Brad (2013) B.S. 2003, Texas A&M University; PhD 2006 Texas A&M University.
  • Weeks, Colby (2010) B.S. 2001, Brigham Young University; PhD 2006 University of California-Irvine.

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. 

The Biology major provides a rigorous research-based education for students, with a basic foundation in the life sciences. Special emphasis is placed on providing opportunities for students to participate in meaningful research in areas such as anatomy, genetics, physiology, molecular biology, evolution, natural history, and marine biology. This major seeks to prepare students for professional careers in teaching, government service, industry, research, and the medical professions.

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.

With further education, career opportunities for Biomedical Science graduates include medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, chiropractics, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant, and other allied health professions. General Biology majors can utilize their degree to obtain careers in areas such as wildlife management, forestry conservation, environmental quality consulting, technical work, and park services. Students interested in aquaria, ocean conservation, marine research, and fisheries can use Marine Biology to prepare them for entrance into these fields. The study of Molecular Biology major has particular value for students preparing for jobs in genetics, consulting, research, forensics, and bioinformatics. The Biology Education Program, a cooperative program with the School of Education, is designed to prepare teachers to teach Biology in junior high or high school.

All Biology Major tracks provide opportunities for a variety of post-baccalaureate studies.

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.

Upon completing a major in Biology, students will:

  1. Understand what makes life unique.
  2. Be able to describe the history of life from a biological perspective.
  3. Understand the unifying principles of biology.
  4. Recognize and discuss current biological issues and their impact on society.
  5. Demonstrate content knowledge of the discipline.
  6. Read, write, and understand biological literature.
  7. Learn how to conduct research through use of the scientific method.
  8. Realize appropriate stewardship accountabilities and the need to help improve society.
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Preprofessional Program

Biochemistry is an excellent major for students interested in continuing their education at professional schools (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, etc.). However, these students should carefully study the requirements of their desired professional programs and meet with the academic advisor and the pre-professional faculty advisor (Dr. Lukov) early in their undergraduate career to prepare a proper course of study.


Graduate School Prerequisite and Entrance Exam Preparation

The following courses are neither required by any Biology major emphasis or Biological Sciences minor, nor count as fulfilling Biology Emphasis Elective requirements, but are recommended for Graduate School Prerequisites and Entrance Exam Preparation.

  • MATH 112 Calculus I (5)
  • PHYS 121/L General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS 122/L General Physics II (4)
  • PHYS 221/L General Physics III (4)