Professor Gail Steehler, Coordinator; Assistant Professors Johann, Sarisky

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
The B.S. in Biochemistry requires 12 units in chemistry and biology, including Chemistry 110 or 111, 112, 221, 222, 331, 341, 342, 280 (1 /2), 480 (1 /2), Biology 120, 210, 315, and one course chosen from 380, 390 or 400. Math 121 and 122 and two units of general physics are prerequisites for Chemistry 331, which is required for all biochemistry majors. At least one unit of biochemical research is recommended, either with a Chemistry or a Biology research mentor.

Faculty with current biochemistry research interests includes Dr. Crozier, Dr. Johann, Dr. Pysh, Dr. Ramesh, Dr. Sarisky and Dr. J. Steehler. Students planning graduate work are encouraged to strengthen their programs of study by including a second semester of physical chemistry, a semester of analytical chemistry, and additional courses in cell or molecular biology.