The biochemistry major requires you to complete eight credit hours of laboratory research.
Your course of study in biochemistry will expose you to the ongoing work of all of our faculty. Once you are an approved major, you will take BCH 498 (Undergraduate Research Participation), where you choose a lab to join and get course credit for working as part of its research team.
You will pursue an independent project within the scope of the lab’s work, collaborating with faculty, graduate students, technical staff and postdoctoral fellows. You may conduct hands-on experiments, perform data analysis and help solve research questions.
At the annual Biochemistry Research Day, you will present a poster that describes your research.
You need a total of eight credits in BCH 498 to complete a biochemistry major. These can be taken over multiple semesters and can include work on multiple projects so you gain breadth as well as depth in your research experience.
Independent study can also be conducted through BCH 499. You and a faculty member design a project you can complete within a semester. These projects usually culminate in some writing and/or a presentation of your research.
You may find a research mentor through several avenues:
Our searchable faculty profiles describe faculty research interests and ongoing projects:
Faculty who are actively seeking student researchers list their projects in the Experiental Learning Network. The Experiential Learning Network also maintains a listing of summer and national research opportunities.
Students participating in CSTEP can find lab mentors in the biomedical sciences.
Talk to faculty whose science classes you have taken. They may be able to suggest other faculty with whom you might work.
Student organizations host speakers, facilitate shadowing opportunities and connect you with peers who share your interests—all of which may help you find a project mentor.
For more information about undergraduate research opportunities in biochemistry, contact: