College of Arts and Sciences
Degree BA or BS, Biochemistry
Department Chair Anna Fedor, PhD
Nicola Y. Edwards, Assistant Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry, BA Rice University; PhD University of California, Los Angeles
Anna Fedor, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, BS Pennsylvania State University; PhD Syracuse University
Beth Leverett Haas, Assistant Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry, BS Indiana University of Pennsylvania; MS, PhD University of Michigan
Charles Saladino, Jr., Professor of Chemistry, BA, MA Hofstra University; PhD Iowa State University
Frank Yepez Castillo, Assistant Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry, BS Universidad Simón Bolívar; PhD The University of Oklahoma
Biochemistry is an exciting and challenging field of study that combines the worlds of chemistry and biology into a science that explores the chemistry of biomolecules and those biological processes that support a living system. Today's biochemistry operates in the world of life on earth described by biology and probes the complexities of this world on the molecular scale using the concepts and analysis techniques derived from the field of chemistry.
The biochemistry major reflects the fusion of the biological and chemical fields as a hybrid of both departments’ curricula, combining the essential areas of chemistry knowledge of biology at the molecular level. We believe that students must first be good chemists before they can be good biochemists. Thus, the program is designed to be highly interdisciplinary. The biochemistry program at Misericordia University prepares students for graduate studies in chemistry and biochemistry, as well as the pharmaceutical, biomedical, and bio-technology industries.
At the end of their sophomore year and thereafter, biochemistry majors must have and maintain a GPA of 2.5 in courses required for the major in order to remain in good standing in the program, and a GPA of 3.0 to be recommended for graduate or professional schools. Students must earn a minimum of three (3) credits of research (CHM 460) before, or during, the first semester of their senior year. Research can be replaced with a summer internship (CHM 490, up to 3 credits) before, or during, their junior year.
Program Goals and Outcomes
The following are program goals for the Biochemistry major:
The Biochemistry major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes: