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The Path to Your Dream Career

The B.S. in Biochemistry degree program at Curry College prepares students for careers in:

  • Chemical and Biological Sciences
  • Biochemical and Biomedical Research
  • Medical Sciences

Just a few of the many career options include:

  • Research
  • Graduate and Medical School
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Dentist
  • Environmental Biologist

Our Alumni in the Field

Recent internship locations students have applied to include UMass Medical School, UMass Boston, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Broad Institute, and more. Our alumni are leading the way at:

  • Baystate Health
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Maine Medical Center
  • UConn Graduate School - Cell/Molecular Ph.D. Program
  • UMass Medical School
  • And more!

Requirements in Related Areas:

CHEM 1010, 1110 Introductory Chemistry I w/ Lab 4
CHEM 1020, 1120 Introductory Chemistry II w/ Lab 4
BIOL 1055 Introduction to Organisms 4
BIOL 1065 Introduction to Molecules and Cells 4
PHYS 2010 Physics I 4
PHYS 2020 Physics II 4
MATH 2130 Calculus I 3
MATH 2140 Calculus II 3

Requirements for Biochemistry Major:

CHEM 2510, 2610 Organic Chemistry I w/ Lab 4
CHEM 2520, 2620 Organic Chemistry II w/ Lab 4
BIOL 2100 Genetics (includes lab) 4
BIOL 3030 Cell Biology (includes lab) 4
CHEM 3570, 3670 Biochemistry I, with Laboratory 4
CHEM 3580, 3680 Biochemistry II, with Laboratory 4
CHEM 2710, 2810 Physical Chemistry, with Laboratory 4
CHEM 2900 Independent Research in
CHEM 4010 Honors Independent Research
and Thesis
CHEM 2910 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 2030, 2130 Analytical Chemistry, with Laboratory 4
BIOL 3075 Advanced Physiology (includes lab) 4
CHEM 3800 Biochemistry, Special Topics 3
CHEM 3900 Biochemistry Seminar
(2 cr - 1 cr per semester)
BIOL 4000 Research Communication I 1
BIOL/CHEM Elective (See list below) 3-4

Biochemistry Elective (choose from the following list):

BIOL 2030 Human Disease 3
BIOL 2040, 2140 Microbiology for Science Majors
(includes Lab)
BIOL 2050 Animal Behavior 3
BIOL 2060 Exercise Physiology 3
ENVS 2215 Environmental Science
(includes Laboratory)
BIOL 2300 Bioinformatics 3
BIOL 2310 Field Ecology (includes Laboratory) 4
BIOL 2330 Aquatic Biology (includes Laboratory) 4
BIOL 3210 Advanced Environmental Science 3
BIOL 3050 Immunology 3
BIOL 3060 Cancer Biology 3
CHEM 2900 Independent Research 1-2

To qualify for honors in Curry science-related majors, the following criteria must be met:

  • Maintain a 3.5 GPA overall + 3.5 GPA in major
  • Complete application
  • Complete the Science Communications course with B+ or better
  • Complete Independent Research course with B+ or better
  • Complete Honors Research + Senior Honors Thesis (4 cr) with a B+ or better.

Program General Goals:

The general goals of the Biochemistry major are to:

  • Provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the chemistry of living organisms and experimental techniques required to determine structures and functions of biological molecules.
  • Provide a curriculum that meets the standards set by ACS (American Chemical Society).
  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills to meet the demands of the biotechnology/research industries or related fields after graduation.
  • Prepare students for admittance and success in graduate and health professional schools.
  • Develop an awareness of current and ethical issues in the discipline.
  • Prepare students to be skilled in the proper procedures and practices for safe handling and the use of chemicals.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of the core concepts of biology and chemistry (as defined by ACS, ASBMB, and AAAS). These core concepts are:
    1. Structure & Function
    2. Reactions & Structural Transformations
    3. Energy
    4. Regulation & Homeostasis
    5. Information Storage & Transfer

  2. Apply quantitative reasoning and critical thinking to problems and experiments.
  3. Communicate original research, research within the chemistry and biochemistry fields, and current issues within the
    fields in both written and oral formats.
  4. Design and carry out chemical and/or biochemical research utilizing appropriate techniques and instrumentation and
    proper safety procedures.
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