BS in Biochemistry
Why Major in Biochemistry?
The BS in Biochemistry at Eastern University provides students with a modern education at the interface of biology and chemistry. Students take upper-level courses "While under the mentorship of Dr. Lawton, I was able to gain important skills in protein chemistry, which I was able to bring with me when I started working at the Wistar Institute after Eastern."
Mike Harkisheimer '10
Wistar Institutein both biology and chemistry, including courses on animal physiology, genetics, structural basis of human disease, advanced organic chemistry and instrumental analysis. The Chemistry Department at Eastern also provides Biochemistry students with the opportunity to use Eastern’s state-of-the-art on-campus laboratories and facilities and are trained by Eastern’s committed faculty on new FT-IR, GC-MS, HPLC, FPLC, AAS, diode-array UV-Vis, and DSC instrumentation.
Why Major in Biochemistry at Eastern?
Integration of faith, science and vocation: We offer rigorous study of chemical processes through the lens of a Christian worldview. Deeply committed faculty provide mentoring relationships to support and challenge students.
Independent research: All chemistry majors work with published faculty in original research during academic semesters and in the Summer Research Program. Projects include cloning and analysis of virulence-associated proteins from a bacterial pathogen; organic synthesis of bio-inspired molecules, nanoscale devices and new liquid crystal structures; theoretical modeling of strained molecules; and developing novel electrochemical sensors for polyionic compounds. Student research posters have been given top awards by the American Chemical Society.
Instrumentation: Students gain extensive hands-on experience with advanced instruments: 300 MHz FT-NMR, FT-IR, GC-MS, AAS, Diode-array UV-Vis, HPLC,FPLC, SEM, DSC, PCR, 96-well microplate reader, molecular modeling.
Innovative teaching: Students learn to think critically and communicate clearly in classroom and laboratory settings.