The technology-rich environment at Clarke provides students with great hands-on opportunities.
Biochemistry is the study of how living organisms work. Professionals in the field are interested in:
- The molecular changes that 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.
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.
Biochemistry includes the study of chemistry and biology with additional support from physics and mathematics. You’ll study the nature of diseases and undertake the design of drugs and production of vaccines and human hormones. You’ll study the molecular basis of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, cystic fibrosis, and AIDS, and this enables definitive diagnosis and development of cures. You will also become skilled at analyzing the bioethical issues challenging the scientific community. Your learning will be hands-on and visual. You will see and do, not just listen.
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My goal as an instructor is to facilitate students in realizing their educational goals, and to foster a deeper understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment for the subject.
When an alumna at a medical school tells me that she is the go-to person for biochemistry first-year students and credits my course for her preparedness, I know I made an impact.
I believe I push for each student to develop and think deeply about their knowledge of science and not simply give ‘understanding’ to them. We do lots of talking, arguing, laughing, and negotiating our understandings, together as a class group.
I am passionate about teaching and learning from challenging students. It has been so rewarding helping a new program come to fruition.
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Liberal arts allows me to pick more than one area of focus. If I want to study English and biochemistry, I can do that, and Clarke will help me.
The ability to learn using human cadavers is a rarity that most undergraduate students do not get. Dr. Slover’s passion for what she taught was evident and infectious, and my experiences with her and her encouragement motivated me.
After Clarke, I earned my Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa in 2018. Clarke really was the foundation for my success.
Percent the biochemistry workforce will grow by 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Percent of Clarke biochemistry graduates who secured a job in their chosen field or enrolled in graduate school by August.
Chemistry majors rate among the highest in job satisfaction after graduation – 85.2% – according to studentsreview.com.