In order to understand biology, students must have a solid grasp of chemistry.
Chemistry provides the context for all biological processes. It explains how disease develops, how plants and animals grow, and how we can intervene in fields like medicine, agriculture, and nutrition.
Biochemists serve in a number of jobs in a variety of industries, from government and academia to pharmaceutics and cosmetics. They work collaboratively with other scientists to further study how life works. According to the Biochemical Society, students who study biochemistry conduct research in areas like:
- Biotechnology and bioinformatics
- Energy and metabolism
- Cell biology and signalling
- Development and disease
- Molecular biology
- Plant biology
At Widener, undergraduate study in biochemistry explores the dynamic interface between biology and chemistry. Students develop an awareness of the unique principles of biochemistry in a supportive environment that fosters problem solving skills, critical thinking, and independence.
In addition to biochemistry lecture and lab, majors take foundation courses in biology, chemistry, math, and physics. Students also participate in several biochemistry seminars. Undergraduate study is capped by senior research projects, which — through close consultation with faculty members — teaches students to formulate questions, analyze data, and derive answers.
Students who enroll in Widener’s demanding undergraduate program conduct research with faculty members, which gives them the opportunity to present their findings at national conferences and symposia.