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BiochemistryMajor

The path to medical, dental, pharmacy or graduate school starts here. Biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics courses will challenge you in the classroom, while you pursue solutions to the world’s biggest issues in the lab — and build the foundation you need for professional or graduate school.

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64% of graduates over the last five years went directly to professional or graduate school

Overview

What is Biochemistry at WVU like?

Description

An interdisciplinary science, biochemistry is the study of living organisms and is essential in creating and testing new foods, drugs and agricultural techniques. It's ideal if you are interested in pursuing a career in a variety of health professions.

In addition to gaining basic and advanced scientific knowledge, Biochemistry students also graduate with degrees certified by either the American Chemical Society or the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Biochemistry program highlights:

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Tracks

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Fast Facts

What makes Biochemistry at WVU unique?


Research and Academic Opportunities

  • Biochemistry students are actively involved in research across campus in programs like the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) and the Summer Undergraduate Cancer Research Fellowship offered by the WVU Cancer Institute.
  • Undergraduate research is required for students in the ACS track and strongly encouraged for the ASBMB track.
  • Students in the ASBMB track can earn course credit for their research which can be counted as Biochemistry elective hours. Or, they can enroll in a two-semester research capstone series.
  • For students completing the ACS-required research or enrolled in the ASBMB research capstone, the program provides a small budget that can be used for laboratory supplies and/or travel.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

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Do you want a another career option? You can earn a secondary teaching certificate through WVUteach while completing a four-year degree in WVU's Biochemistry major. One degree, two degree options.

Careers

How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Biochemistry major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

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Employers

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Courses

What are the courses like in Biochemistry at WVU?

Major Map

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Popular Courses

AGBI 410:
Introductory Biochemistry

Introduction to chemistry of cellular constituents (proteins, amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, enzymes and coenzymes) and their metabolism in animals and plants.

BIOL 219:
The Living Cell

Continuation of BIOL 117. Structure, function and diversity of cells with an emphasis on gene expression and cellular phenotype including cell chemistry, energetics, and regulation of cell activities.

BIOL 310:
Advanced Cellular/Molecular Biology

Advanced study of molecular mechanisms underlying fundamental cellular processes.

BIOL 313:
Molecular Basis of Cellular Growth

Study of the integration of internal and external influences as they regulate the division, growth, and differentiation of cells. Topics include hormones as cell effectors, cancer, and stem cells.

BIOL 324:
Molecular Genetics

Theoretical and practical knowledge in genetics as a field of study and as an approach for investigating biological problems.

BIOL 420:
Genomics

Advanced elective examining biology and evolution on a genome-wide scale. Topics include fields of study and methods of DNA sequence acquisition and annotation, including exploration of the human genome and its contribution to disease discovery.

CHEM 312:
Environmental Chemistry

Study of the nature, reactions, transport, and fates of chemical species in the environment. (2 hr. lec., 1 hr. demonstration.)

CHEM 341:
Physical Chemistry: Brief Course

Beginning physical chemistry covering the subjects of chemical thermodynamics, chemical dynamics, and the structure of matter. (Students may not receive credit for CHEM 346 and 348 and for CHEM 341.)

CHEM 460:
Forensic Chemistry

Analytical chemistry as applied in forensic science. Drug analysis, toxicology, arson, paints, polymers, fibers, inks, and gunshot residue.

CHEM 462:
Biochemistry 2

Second semester of undergraduate biochemistry with a focus on the molecular level processes that enable life and the integration of multiple hierarchies of mechanistic regulation.

Cost and Aid

How much does Biochemistry at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2019-20 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $417
Per Semester $5,004
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,008
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,111
Per Semester $13,332
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,664
International
Per Credit $1,111
Per Semester $13,632
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,264
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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Biochemistry can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Biochemistry has transfer articulation agreements with:

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Biochemistry at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Biochemistry major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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