Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of living systems. In a very real sense, biochemistry involves the use of principles of general chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and physical chemistry applied to the understanding of biological systems. We study the structures of the various classes of biomolecules (such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids), how their activity is affected by their structures, and how they interact with one another in an incredibly complex and dynamic array of metabolic processes that transfer, store, and release energy to meet the needs of the organism.
About the Major
This major meets the recommendations of the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training. Students completing the major will be certified by the American Chemical Society. ACS-certified majors are particularly attractive to industry. With the more extensive curricular development of this major, students are also better prepared for graduate study in chemistry and biochemistry and for industrial research. This major is strongly recommended for students pursuing a career in biochemistry.
Conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member in areas as diverse as computer modeling, synthesis and analysis of inorganic complexes, design and testing of probes for environmental analysis, synthesis of complex organic molecules, and chemical modification of proteins.
Participate in the 10-week Summer Science Research Program, where you work with a faculty member on original research and present your results at the Patricia Belt Conrades Summer Science Research Symposium in the fall.
Women in Science (WINS)
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer
Infrared (IR) spectroscopy exposes samples to a broad band of infrared radiation. OWU has three IR spectrometers including a Thermo-Nicolet Nexus 670 FT-IR, a Thermo-Niclolet Avatar 360 FT-IR, and a Nicolet 210 FT-IR.
Diode Array UV/Vis Spectrometer
Ultraviolet/visible (UV/Vis) spectroscopy measures the light absorptions by molecules due to electronic excitations in the ultraviolet and visible regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. OWU has three HP8453 UV/Vis spectrometers, one of which is equipped with an HP 89090A temperature control module.
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015