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The Scientific Cornerstone.
Biochemistry is an exciting area of science that explores questions at the interface between the life sciences, biology, physical sciences, and chemistry.
Wilkes' Biochemistry majors receive a solid foundation in chemical and biological principles preparing them for a broad range of career opportunities in biochemical or pharmaceutical industries, government laboratories, and academia.
The program has well-equipped chemistry and biochemistry laboratory facilities with exceptional instrumentation. The use of chemical instrumentation is integrated into the curriculum beginning in the freshman year. The department possesses a wide range of modern spectroscopic tools, a thermal analysis suite, and routine equipment for synthesis and analysis. In addition, students can access the bio-informatics center and genomics-molecular biology center in the Biology department.
Wilkes' Biochemistry majors find ample opportunity to participate in research and are required to complete a capstone senior research project. However, students can begin their involvement in an original research project as early as freshman year. Students can become involved as volunteers, paid technicians, interns, or through enrollment in independent studies.
Independent Study allows students to collaborate in novel projects with many related disciplines, such as biology, pharmacy, computer science, and others. A wide range of research topics is currently being explored within the department. Ongoing and planned projects include organic synthesis, biochemical investigations (enzymology and pharmaceutical applications), and computational chemistry projects.
In addition to the on-campus opportunities offered by the faculty, the department also encourages, facilitates, and accommodates student participation in a variety of off-campus activities such as summer research internships or semester-abroad studies. Recently, students spent summers at Aventis Pasteur and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The department maintains an outstanding record of placement in graduate and medical programs across the country. Recent graduates have been awarded fellowships and scholarships for doctoral work at Drexel University School of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and others. Other alumni have taken research positions in a variety of industrial and government laboratories.
The Chemistry Program is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for the professional training of biochemists. The BS Degree Program in Biochemistry chemistry is certified by the ACS.