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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemistry is concerned with the chemistry of the materials fundamental to life and contributes toward the understanding of the structure and functioning of all organisms. Because of the rapid advances in the areas of biotechnology, molecular biology and genetic engineering, biochemistry is an exciting area for study and research.

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Background Information

The undergraduate program in biochemistry at North Dakota State University is planned for students who are seeking careers in the life sciences, agriculture, medicine or health related fields. The program is also suited for students who are contemplating advanced graduate degrees in biochemistry, botany, zoology and microbiology, or professional degrees in dentistry and medicine.

The biochemistry program is offered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The Program

Students with an interest in biochemistry earn the Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. This provides flexibility in the selection of courses for those students who plan to seek employment in areas related to biochemistry, enter graduate or medical school, or teach in high schools or colleges. The program provides training in biochemistry, botany, microbiology, zoology or in applied areas according to the student's interest. In addition to the courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics, 16 credits in biological sciences, 18 credits of electives in the humanities and social sciences, nine credits in English, three credits in speech and two credits in wellness are required. The pre-medical student is encouraged to take a year of upper-level zoology.

All undergraduates in biochemistry and molecular biology receive help in planning and scheduling classes from faculty advisors. In addition to course work and laboratory courses, students also have the opportunity to learn by conducting research in various areas of biochemistry under faculty guidance.

Faculty and Facilities

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is well staffed with 17 faculty members. All of the faculty have doctorate degrees from well-known universities. Most of them have considerable experience in postdoctoral or industrial research.

The research and teaching facilities for the department are housed in three buildings-Ladd Hall, Dunbar Laboratories, and the Industrial Agriculture and Communications Center. A chemistry library containing approximately 10,000 volumes and 280 scientific and technical journals is located in Ladd Hall.

Advanced instruments and facilities are readily available. These include ultracentrifuges; gene synthesizer; nuclear magnetic, infrared, ultraviolet and mass spectrometers; gas and liquid chromatographs; computers; recombinant DNA and cell and tissue culture laboratories; and an advanced electron microscope facility.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for biochemists are found in colleges in the chemistry, biochemistry and biological sciences departments; in medical schools, hospitals, research institutes and government research laboratories; and in other health, energy, environment and agricultural research programs. Biochemists are employed at all levels in industries concerned with food processing, manufacturing, genetic engineering and marketing of drugs, cosmetics and pesticides, as well as in the petroleum and allied industrial complexes.

Earnings of persons trained in biochemistry vary, and the salary level depends largely upon the amount of formal training a person has received. Entry-level salaries for biochemists are typically $36,000 to $69,000, based on 2010 data from www.payscale.com. For biochemists who have an advanced degree, salaries and opportunities are much greater.

High School Preparation

A strong high school background in English, mathematics (through trigonometry, if possible), biology, chemistry and physics is recommended.

Sample Curriculum

General Education Requirements

Credits

____________________________________________________

First Year Experience

  Univ. 189 - Skills for Academic Success

1

Communication

  Comm. 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

  Engl. 110, 120 - College Composition I, II

3, 3

  Engl. 324 - Writing in the Sciences

3

Quantitative Reasoning

  Math. 165 - Calculus I

4

Science & Technology

  Phys. 251, 251L - University Physics I and Lab

4, 1

  Phys. 252, 252L - University Physics II and Lab

4, 1

Humanities & Fine Arts

6

Social and Behavioral Sciences Sciences

6

Wellness

2

Cultural Diversity

-

Global Perspective

-

Total

40

College and Department Requirements

Credits

____________________________________________________

Hum/Soc. Science Electives (B.S. Degree)

6

Hum/Soc. Science Electives (B.A. Degree)

12

Second Year Language Proficiency

-

Total

6-12

Major Requirements

Credits

____________________________________________________

Bioc. 460, 461 - Biochemistry and Molecular
  Biology I and II

3, 3

Bioc. 460L - Foundations of Biochemistry Lab

1

Bioc. 465 - Physical Chemistry and Biophysics

4

Bioc. 473 - Methods of Biochemical Research

3

Bioc. 474 - Recombinant DNA Techniques

3

Bioc. 483 - Cellular Signal Transduction Processes and
  Metabolic Regulations


3

Bioc. 487 - Molecular Biology of Gene Expression

3

Biol. 150, 150L - General Biology I and Lab

3, 1

Chem. 121, 121L - General Chemistry I and Lab or
  Chem. 150, 160 - Principles of Chemistry I and Lab


3, 1

Chem. 122, 122L - General Chemistry II and Lab or
  Chem. 151, 161 - Principles of Chemistry II and Lab


3, 1

Chem. 341, 353 - Organic Chemistry I and Lab

3, 1

Chem. 342, 354 - Organic Chemistry II and Lab

3, 2

Chem. 380 - Chemistry Junior Seminar

1

Chem. 431 - Analytical Chemistry I

3

Chem. 491 - Chemistry Senior Seminar

2

Math. 166 - Calculus II

4

Micr. 350, 350L - General Microbiology and Lab

3, 2

Stat. 330 - Introductory Statistics

3

Zoo. 315 - Genetics

3

Science 300-400 Level Electives

9

Electives

0-2

Total

74-76

CURRICULUM TOTAL

122

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic adviser or with the Office of Registration and Records.

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The Industrial Agriculture and Communications Center is located on the corner of Centennial Boulevard and Albrecht Boulevard (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
North Dakota State University
Dept. 2735, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8694 / Fax: (701) 231-8831
Email: John.Hershberger@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/chemistry/

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Last Updated: Thursday, November 07, 2013 3:14:24 PM