Biochemistry / Pre-Med
A solid foundation to prepare for medical, dental, veterinary or physician assistant schools or a career in a biochemical or biomedical field.
If you have dreamed of becoming any type of medical professional, this major will prepare you for entry into the next step of your education.
We blend together coursework in chemistry and biology so that you can understand connections in living organisms. Many of the courses you'll take with us are direct preparation for professional medical, dental, veterinary, and physical assistant programs. Two of our 2020 biochemistry graduates are now in medical school at West Virginia University and Liberty University, while a 2021 graduate will begin a physician assistant program at Carlow University this fall.
Biochemistry is also a great major choice for finding a career in medical laboratories, corporations, biotech industries, and many more! Students also are prepared graduate programs at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels with this degree. Our most recent graduates are pursuing advanced degrees in biochemistry at schools such as the University of Madison-Wisconsin, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Lehigh University, Arizona State University, and Emory University. This summer two of our graduates completed their Ph.D.s—in biochemistry from Cornell University and in Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Studies from West Virginia University!
Accelerated Start Program
Learn more about this offering designed for incoming freshmen in the sciences to strengthen math and chemistry skills before they enter classes.
What Sets Us Apart
Learn in state-of-the-art facilities
The Stewart Science building is a five-story complex that houses several science departments, and is home to newly renovated chemistry laboratories. The labs contain suites of advanced, modern equipment that all students have direct access to, where you can learn to troubleshoot and work independently. Our curriculum and laboratory program have been approved by the American Chemical Society for over 50 years. The ACS is the world leader in chemical development.
Take advantage of opportunities
All science students have opportunities to get involved in events, camps, labs, and organizations to enhance research, networking, professional speaking, and more. Each of our faculty members runs an active research program that you can join, encompassing topics such as drug discovery, pharmaceutical analysis and neuropeptide and microdialysis sampling.
Make valuable connections
Each month, our students can attend the Society of Chemists of Pittsburgh meeting to network with area professionals. Many of our students have made great contacts and found jobs through this experience.
Get involved in ACS
You can also become a member of the Waynesburg University American Chemical Society Student Chapter, which has been ranked as an outstanding student chapter for the past nine years. You can get involved in one of the most active chapters in the country, enabling you to make significant connections to your future professional life.
The Biochemistry Major at Waynesburg University is an official "Approved Chemistry Program" as determined by the American Chemical Society.
As a biochemistry student, you'll have countless opportunities to work with our student chapter of ACS.
Faculty Research News
Dr. Takashi Suyama and collaborators, including recent graduate Kimberly Taylor, were recently published in the Journal of Natural Products for their work involving the total synthesis of a marine natural product isolated from cyanobacteria. Taylor, a Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honors Scholarship awardee and 2021 chemistry graduate, is pursuing a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Taylor began work on this project as a sophomore and presented her findings at the virtual 2021 American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting. Dr. Suyama and Taylor collaborated with researchers at the Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of San Diego.
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Student Outcomes for Biochemistry
- Develop a strong, well-rounded foundation in analytical, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry and biochemistry, while learning to understand the connections between these areas.
- Learn to reason analytically, applying critical thinking and problem-solving skills, to confidently approach questions as a scientist.
- Gain practical and functional hands-on experience of commonly used instrumentation with an emphasis on interpretation of results, trouble-shooting, and understanding the underlying theories of operation.
- Participate in research experiences that promote independent learning, build literature skills, develop creative thinking, and highlight the design and execution of novel experiments.
- Develop superior communication skills through focused practice in writing lab reports, technical papers, oral presentations, and critically analyzing scientific articles.
- Recognize, appreciate, and implement standard laboratory safety procedures, considering environmental concerns and acting in an ethical, professional, and responsible fashion.
- Have the opportunity to integrate their studies of chemistry with the University’s mission of faith, learning, and service by participating in departmental activities and student organizations.
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Student and Alumni Testimonials
Being able to focus on the science that relates most to our inherent understanding of the body has been a blessing. We have professors who are dedicated to ensure we meet our potential in our undergraduate studies and our personal lives.
Kylie Cleer, Class of 2020