Professor Gail Steehler, Coordinator; Assistant Professor Addington
Biochemistry is one of the most important interdisciplinary fields in science today. Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes of living organisms, including the molecular structures of biomolecules, their reactions (e.g. metabolism, genetic expression), and regulation of those reactions. The biochemistry curriculum at Roanoke includes substantial curricular components from both the biology and chemistry departments. Opportunities for Biochemistry graduates include graduate study in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry, employment in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries, or pursuit of a professional degree in a medical field. Biochemistry is one of the courses of study available to students interested in medical school, veterinary school, dental school, and other health professions.
The Biochemistry Major
Students earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree by completing 12 units. The courses are:
Biochemistry majors are strongly encouraged to do research. Faculty with currant biochemistry research interests includes Dr. Addington, Dr. Booth, Dr. Gardner, Dr. Jorgensen, Dr. Oetgen, Dr. Pysh, Dr. Ramesh and Dr. J. Steehler. Students planning graduate work are encouraged to strengthen their programs of study by including a second semester pf physical chemistry, a semester of analytical chemistry, and additional courses in cell or molecular biology.