Professors Hollis (Coordinator), Pysh; Assistant Professors Johann, Lassiter, 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 12.5 units in Chemistry and Biology, including CHEM 111, 112, 221, 222, 331, 341, 342, 280(1/2), BIOL 120, 210, 315, and either 380 or 400, and One of these two options:
A: one unit of research in either BIOL or CHEM culminating in a formal paper and oral defense, or
B: one additional unit chosen from CHEM courses numbered 250 or higher. CHEM 416 may not be used to fulfill this requirement. Math 121 and 122 and two units of physics with lab are prerequisites for Chem 331
For students with competency in CHEM 111, the units in the major decrease by one with the B.S. in Biochemistry requiring 11.5 units in chemistry and biology as enumerated above.
Biochemistry majors may receive certification from the American Chemical Society by taking three additional chemistry courses. See the Chair of the Chemistry Department for details. Biochemistry majors are strongly encouraged to do multiple semesters of research. Faculty with biochemistry research interests include Dr. Crozier, Dr. Johann, Dr. Pysh, Dr. Ramesh, Dr. Sarisky, and Dr. J. Steehler. Students considering graduate study should take additional advanced level courses such as a second semester of physical chemistry, instrumental analysis, or advanced biology courses such as developmental or advanced cell.