Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary program which includes a strong background in both chemistry and biology with additional support from physics and mathematics. Biochemistry is the study of how living organisms work. Biochemists are interested in the molecular changes which occur within organisms; the conversion of food to cellular components, the provision of energy to drive bodily processes, the chemical nature of genes and the way in which these specify and control biological processes. They study the nature of disease and undertake the design of drugs and production of vaccines and human hormones. One of the most stimulating aspects of biochemistry is its increasing interaction with medicine. Biochemists study the molecular basis of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, cystic fibrosis and AIDS, and this enables definitive diagnosis and development of cures. This makes Biochemistry a choice major for students wishing to attend medical school.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Biochemistry is a professional program leading to employment in research and development in the fields of biochemistry and pharmacology, or for entrance into graduate school or professional schools of medicine, dentistry or pharmacy.