Academics

Choose the WLC biochemistry program.

Biochemistry is a fast-growing and dynamic field that presents a wide array of opportunities for the major. The application of chemistry to life allows biological systems to be understood at the molecular level. Biochemistry students learn to appreciate and even love the macromolecules and complex structures that make up living organisms.

The WLC biochemistry major is an interdisciplinary program that combines the strengths of the biology and chemistry faculty. This major is designed to prepare students for the coming biotech revolution of the 21st century. Core courses in the biochemistry major include: general chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, quantitative analysis, general biology, cell biology, genetics and molecular biology. Students also choose from elective coursework in microbiology, immunology, developmental biology, instrumental analysis, advanced organic chemistry or inorganic chemistry.

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Research opportunities available

Biochemistry students benefit from the opportunity to engage in diverse research projects with faculty in both the biology and chemistry departments. Dr. Jarrod Erbe currently employs recombinant DNA technology to engineer microbial phosphate biosensors. Dr. Rob Balza uses cellular and molecular genetic strategies to investigate heart development. Dr. Angela Ebeling is a soil science expert. Dr. Andrew Mundt is interested in protein structure and enzyme kinetics. Dr. Kevin Glaeske seeks to design and synthesize new antibiotic drugs. And Dr. Daniel Ebeling develops new instrumental technology for biochemical analysis.

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First-class biochemistry facilities

WLC biochemistry majors will find themselves learning new skills and mastering a wide range of techniques in almost every corner of Generac Hall before graduation. The biochemistry major benefits from the intimate classroom and state-of-the-art laboratory environment.

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Cutting-edge scientific equipment is housed in a variety of dedicated teaching facilities as well as individual faculty members' laboratories. The molecular biology teaching laboratory contains walk-in cold and warm rooms for protein isolation and bacterial culture, as well as laminar flow hoods and incubators for aseptic animal cell culture. The instrument lab contains a wide array of modern instrumentation including: high performance liquid chromatography atomic absorption spectroscopy, and a gas chromatography-mass spectrometer. Other research labs include a digital gel documentation center, an organic synthesis laboratory, and a digital microscopy imaging center including an inverted Olympus IX-71 fluorescent microscope.

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Classroom

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Laboratory

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Walk-in Cold and Warm Rooms

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Cell Culture Facility

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Instrument Lab

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High Performance Liquid Chromatography

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Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy

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Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometer

Biochemistry majors success stories

Upon graduation, WLC biochemistry majors benefit from broad career opportunities in pharmacology, microbiology, immunology, biomedical engineering and molecular medicine among other things. Historically, a large percentage of biochemistry majors have continued their education in medical or graduate school upon graduation. The biochemistry major provides a solid foundation for professional careers in medicine, dentistry, nutrition and public health.

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