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How does Biochemistry major Sam Parsons ’15 take on her world? She’s researching ways to turn off cancer genes. Hear her story.

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Welch Scholarship

Students in chemistry-related majors at St. Edward’s may apply for Welch Foundation undergraduate research scholarships — including a summer scholarship that provides a six-week stipend to conduct research.

Science Students Win Business Competition

Biology major Jana Soares ’15 and Biochemistry major Katharina Weber ’15 won second place and a $1,000 cash prize in the St. Edward’s 2013 Business Plan Competition. Their proposed business venture, Forget-Me-Not, is a smartphone medical app for those who require frequent monitoring of medical vital signs. 

Biochemistry

The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at St. Edward’s prepares you for careers in a challenging field that has solved the mysteries of cellular activity and developed lifesaving vaccines. We emphasize experiential learning. You’ll enroll in at least two semesters of research courses and join a student-faculty research group with the goal of producing and presenting professional-level work.

Students benefit from spacious, open-lab environments in the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation for innovative and collaborative research. St. Edward’s is among the best-equipped small-college natural science programs in the country.

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Overview:

As a BS in Biochemistry major, you’ll explore the chemical processes and reactions that take place within living organisms at the molecular level. Building on your passion for the natural sciences, this program leads you through a solid mix of Chemistry and Biology courses to a thorough grounding in the fundamental concepts of the discipline.

Many students select this degree to prepare for entry into health professional schools, such as medical or dental school, or for graduate study in related disciplines. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, labs, advising sessions and program events — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.

With a BS in Biochemistry, graduates may work as lab technicians or research assistants in pharmaceutical or agribusiness companies, biotech firms, hospital and forensic laboratories, or even the Food and Drug Administration. Advanced degrees are required for greater research opportunities and teaching positions. Our students have gone on to pursue graduate, medical, pharmacy and dental degrees at such universities as Stanford, Vanderbilt, University of California at Davis, University of Texas Health Science Center–Houston and Texas A&M.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BS in Biochemistry majors take courses from these groups:

CORE COURSES
Students who major in biochemistry complete core courses, which include Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy, Biochemistry, and Research Methods.

SUPPORTING COURSES
BS in Biochemistry majors complete supporting courses, which include Calculus, Physics, Microbiology and Cell Biology.

SENIOR SEMINAR
In your junior year, you’ll begin working on a biochemistry research project in collaboration with a faculty member. In your senior year, you’ll present your findings at the annual Senior Seminar Symposium on campus. Examples of past presentations include “Rational Drug Design Methodology Used to Characterize Flexibility of the ADAM17” and “A Divergent Synthetic Approach to Dihalolucigenins.”

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry.

Research

At St. Edward’s, you’ll participate in professional-level research typically reserved for graduate students at larger universities. Students work alongside professors on a variety of subjects within Biochemistry. Engaging in advanced research will sharpen your résumé, build your confidence and skills, and prepare you for graduate studies and your career.

Our students publish and present their work — and win awards — at local, regional and national conferences, including these:

  • American Chemical Society – National
  • American Chemical Society – Southwest Region
  • Texas Academy of Science

Students also present at St. Edward’s University events:

  • Honors Thesis Symposium
  • McNair Scholars Conference
  • Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE)
  • Senior Seminar Symposium in the School of Natural Sciences

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