Hours Required120 credit hours
Areas of FocusBiochemical Analysis, Cellular Biochemistry, Computational Biochemistry, Computational and Systems Biochemistry
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Engage in research experiences inside and outside the classroom
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Two Pathways For Biochemistry
Nebraska is one of the few Big Ten universities accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Learn from passionate faculty and staff with valuable real-world experiences.
Select Your Path
Study one of three unique tracks, biochemical analysis, cellular biochemistry or computational biochemistry, tailored to suit your academic and career interests. Combine courses, majors and minors in unique ways that fuel your curiosity, interests and goals.
Conduct Your Own Research
Work with award-winning faculty making discoveries and inventing new technologies. Become the next co-inventor of a patent or contribute to a scientific publication.
Scientific Analysis and Technical Writing (BIOC 205)
Data analysis and presentation, hypothesis-driven research execution and diverse types of scientific writing with detailed examination of high impact biochemistry research literature.
Structure and Metabolism (BIOC 431)
The structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids. Nature of enzymes, major metabolic pathways of catabolism and biochemical energy production.
Plant Biochemistry (BIOC 434)
Biochemical metabolism unique to plants. Relationship of topics previously acquired in general biochemistry to biochemical processes unique to plants. Biochemical mechanisms behind physiological processes discussed in plant or crop physiology.
Research Techniques in Biochemistry (BIOC 437)
Molecular identification and quantification. Employing techniques such as mass spectrometry, chromatography, electrophoretic fractionation, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics.
Computational Biology (BIOC 442)
Databases, high-throughput biology, literature mining, gene expression, next-generation sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics, system biology and biological networks.
Explore the 4-Year Plans
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Outside the Classroom
Depending on your major, interests and goals, you can choose to do research, work as an intern, study abroad, become a leader or serve your community. The university’s experiential learning requirement ensures you have at least one of these transformative learning experiences.
James Checco, Assistant Professor
Dr. Checco is an affiliate professor in biochemistry and leads a research group dedicated to using the power of chemistry to solve questions in biology that benefit human health.
Academics & Experiential Learning
- Biochemistry majors regularly engage in research or internships and many study abroad or get involved in leadership roles on campus and beyond.
- BIOC 101: Foundational Concepts and Career Opportunities in Biochemistry. Get an introduction to the major, learn about careers and connect with peers and faculty.
- CASC 200: Career Development in Arts and Sciences. Explore your interests, abilities and values while identifying career options and preparing to apply for internships, jobs or graduate/professional school.
- Résumé Labs: Join peer coaches around East Campus at a time that works for you. Bring your computer, ask questions, get feedback, make edits as you go and walk out with improved documents.
- Biochemistry students join and hold leadership positions in organizations like the Biochemistry club, the American Medical Student Association and MedLife.
- Work alongside biochemistry faculty in the Redox Biology Center or the Center for Plant Science Innovation.
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