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Undergraduate Resources

Students can earn a degree in Biochemistry either through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources or the College of Arts and Sciences. The major courses are identical — the only difference is in the college distribution requirements and what "surrounds" the major.  Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources students take a Science Literacy course and one economics course (overlaps with ACE).  Arts and Sciences students take additional writing, social science, humanities, and foreign language courses.

Arts and Sciences Requirements

CASNR Requirements

Academic Advising

Academic advising in Biochemistry is done by two full-time professional advisors. Students are assigned to an advisor according to the college through which the major is declared. Our advisors work closely with other teams on campus, such as Pre-Health advising, the Honors Program, and more. Advising is not just about course selection — it’s about goals, having an advocate, and getting the most out of college.

Who is my adviser?

Your MyRed Student Center displays your advisor's name and contact information.

  • The Chief Advisor for Arts and Science students is Dr. Erin Sayer (erin.sayer@unl.edu)
  • College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources students are advised by both Dr. Sayer and Ben Heinisch (bheinisch2@unl.edu)

Dr. Erin Sayer is an Assistant Professor of Practice for Biochemistry Education & Advising working with Arts and Sciences students and a subset of  Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources students. Dr. Sayer has been at UNL since 2002.  She spent over a decade as the Coordinator for Pre-Professional Advising and most recently was in the School of Biological Sciences before she joined Biochemistry.  She lives about an hour from campus on a 160 acre “farm” of native Nebraska grasses and wildflowers, where she enjoys time outdoors with husband and young girls.  Her interests in addition to student services include: Family, Cooking, Camping, and both Active and Passive Engagement in a wide variety of sports.

Dr. Erin Sayer
Assistant Professor of Practice
N208 Beadle Center
1901 Vine Street
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0664
erin sayer@unl.edu
402-472-9090

Ben Heinisch is a part time Academic Advisor for Biochemistry working exclusively with a subset of our Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources students. He is also the Chief Academic Advisor and Recruiter for Forensic Science. A native Nebraskan (Columbus), he came to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2008 and after four years in Registration and Records, joined CASNR as an Academic Advisor. His interests in addition to student services include: Family, Learning, and Rock and Roll.

Ben Heinisch
Academic Advisor
Biochemistry and Forensic Science
306A Biochemistry Hall
East Campus
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0816
bheinisch2@unl.edu
402-472-7885

When and how should I make an advising appointment?

Schedule an advising appointment directly with your adviser via MyPlan. Drop-ins are also welcome. Don't wait until the last minute! Please see your advisor at least once a semester. We are happy to see you more often! Plan to meet with your advisor at least two weeks before priority registration.