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Biochemistry

Why Study Biochemistry?

Biochemistry is a rapidly expanding discipline that focuses on the study of chemical processes and transformations associated with living organisms. Ideal for students who enjoy working at the crossroads of biology and chemistry, this major offers interdisciplinary learning that will prepare you for tomorrow’s careers. Biochemistry majors will have an excellent foundation for work in many areas of research, and because of the relevance of biochemistry in modern medicine, they will be prepared for professional programs in health-related disciplines as well.

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Dr. Isabel Larraza

Dr. Isabel Larraza, professor of chemistry, wants her students to take an active role in their biochemistry education—including designing new experiments and participating in teaching their peers in the classroom and lab.

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Prepare for Graduate School

With the Medical College Admission Test’s (MCAT) increasing focus on biochemistry, this major serves as an important foundation for medical and other health profession schools. Our program prepares healthcare practitioners in an era of fast-growing demand, equipping students to succeed in a variety of graduate programs.

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Small Classes, Individual Attention

One of the greatest benefits of studying chemistry at North Park is the personalized attention and support you will receive from your professors. Classes are small, which means direct interaction with professors and classmates. We take great pride in the success of our students, and work hard to create a student-centered, supportive, and fun atmosphere in the chemistry department.

State of the Art Labs and Equipment

Our facilities offer hands-on experience with technology-enhanced labs and equipment, including data collection devices and high-resolution spectrometers. Faculty will work with you on guided inquiry experiments and innovative research activities in biochemistry, as well as other areas like bio-inorganic and medicinal chemistry.

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Interesting Classes

Master fundamental chemistry and biochemistry concepts, as well as laboratory skills, including observation, analysis, and manipulation of biochemical reactions and processes in courses that include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Advanced Biochemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry Ethics, Skills, and Professional Practices