The Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry is designed to provide a strong foundation in the core aspects of biology and chemistry to further student understanding of the mechanisms that underlie biological processes of single cellular life as well as the integration of tissues and systems of multicellular life. Students in Biochemistry will learn to critically assess scientific results through statistical analyses, develop scientific writing and oral presentation skills, and develop laboratory skills. The goal of the Biochemistry program at Columbia College is to prepare students for advanced study in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Life Sciences as well as medical, veterinary, dental, or forensic fields. The degree also prepares students for a variety of careers in industrial, agricultural, or clinical settings.
Students who have completed a degree in biochemistry at Columbia College will:
- Understand basic biological and chemical principles, models, and theories used to predict, understand, and apply to biochemical phenomena.
- Demonstrate proficiency in laboratory skills, including familiarity with the use of instrumentation, analytic methods, and quantitative measurement commonly used in biochemical research.
- Evaluate scientific results from laboratory experiments and scientific literature through statistical analyses and critical thinking.
- Demonstrate competence in scientific writing, oral presentation, and familiarity with the use of scientific literature.
- Demonstrate knowledge regarding ethics in science and professional life.