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Professor and Chair of Biochemistry
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
The field of biochemistry is one of the most vital and dynamic of the sciences. Understanding biological processes at the molecular level allows for greater insights into life itself, as well as cutting-edge disease therapies and prevention.
Knox's biochemistry major is a well-rounded program that covers biochemistry and cell and molecular biology. It's the major of choice for a wide variety of careers, especially if you are interested in biomedical research and health care.
The biochemistry major consists of four core courses taken after pre-requisite study in biology and chemistry. For the required elective, students have a wide range of choice, including courses in immunology, molecular medicine, pharmacology, biological spectroscopy, and proteins and enzymes. They may also take selected courses in biology or chemistry.
Each segment of the curriculum is developed broadly, while progressively teaching you the skills needed for in-depth work. Finally, in senior-level research, you develop a project proposal that connects to a faculty member's current research efforts, assemble the appropriate materials, conduct the research, and produce a final report
The biochemistry program is located in the Sharvy Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center. Scientific equipment is housed in several special research centers, as well as in individual faculty members' laboratories. Facilities include:
The Kresge Science-Mathematics Library provides easy access to 30,000 books and scientific journals, including more than 70 journals in biology and chemistry alone, that supplement the College's main collection of more than 281,000 volumes in Seymour Library.