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Majors

Biochemistry

This program is a collaborative effort between the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, and the Departments of Biology and Chemistry in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

Career Profile

The curriculum provides students with the interdisciplinary background in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and molecular biology necessary as preparation for professional schools of human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry and pharmacy. It also provides strong preparation for graduate study in fields such as animal and plant agriculture, biochemistry, biology, molecular biology, genetics, biotechnology, chemistry, food science, nutrition and physiology.

Students completing a biochemistry major are prepared for professional employment in the expanding fields of agricultural and environmental sciences, chemical industry, health-related industries and biotechnology-based industries.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

AGBI 199 Orientation to Biochemistry BIOL 115 Principles of Biology CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry MATH 155 Calculus 1

Senior Year

CHEM 422 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry CHEM 497 Research CHEM 401 Chemical Literature BIOL 313 Molecular Basis of Cellular Growth CHEM 401 Chemical Literature

By the Numbers

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English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Alumni Profile

Ali Kohan

Dr. Kohan was a student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program and performed her dissertation research in Lisa Salati’s lab. Based upon her interests in lipid metabolism, Kohan studied the effects of dietary lipids upon signaling events in the liver. Kohan became a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Patrick Tso at the University of Cincinnati.

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