BS in Biochemistry
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Dyson College’s Departments of Chemistry and Physical Sciences on Pace University’s New York City and Westchester campuses offer Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry and Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degrees, both certified by the American Chemical Society. A prestigious “seal of approval” by the world’s chemists, this accreditation establishes Pace among the nation’s foremost universities and colleges in the field of chemical and physical sciences. A BS in Physics is offered only on the Westchester campus.
Our program provides a unique opportunity to combine classroom theory with practical experience by offering students the ability to conduct research alongside faculty, in some cases as early as sophomore year, at the Haskins Laboratories on Pace’s New York City campus. Current research projects include biochemical studies of parasitic diseases with a view to developing new antimicrobial agents to combat disease by opportunistic infections of AIDS patients, sexually transmitted diseases and East African sleeping sickness. Our students present their research at national and international conferences and publish their work in leading peer-refereed journals in the area of their work.
Upon graduation our students will possess critical and analytical thinking skills, a creative mindset, scientific and instrumentation competency, and the specialized abilities required to perform proficiently and confidently in today’s world of science.
BS in Biochemistry
The degree in biochemistry requires the same core studies as the chemistry degree, including fundamental chemistry, biology, physics and math courses, as well as courses in biology and upper division work in biochemistry, advanced biochemistry and advanced biochemistry laboratory work. Students will pursue research with department faculty members. Biochemistry majors often have a desire to continue their study to obtain a Ph.D., M.D. or a D.D.S. degree.
Faculty members are actively engaged in a broad variety of research projects, including:
- The synthesis of naturally derived compounds to act as antibacterial agents and the modification of fabrics that kill bacteria and fungi on contact (Dr. Rizzo)
- Biochemistry of various parasitic protozoa particularly human African trypanosomiasis and opportunistic parasites of HIV positive individuals (Dr. Yarlett)
- The application of various computer programs including PythonPrescription, AutoDockVina, and MGLTools to predict 3D protein structure of enzyme activ sites and substrate binding energies (Dr. Athanasopoulos)
- Fluorogenic compounds for use as biomarkers and mercury sensors (Dr. Dai)
- Investigation of factors that lead to increased oxidative and nitrative stress under conditions of inflammation and in disease states (Dr. Upmacis)
- Utilization of nanoparticles in removal of heavy metals in aqueous samples and the development of molecular imprinted polymers to remove emerging contaminants and pollutants (Dr. Mojica)
- Terahertz spectroscopy in the analysis and detection of narcotics and explosives (Dr. Karaalioglu)
Business Insider recognized Pace as providing first-rate integrated learning opportunities, where students “gain hands-on experience in their fields through internships, practicums, and fieldwork."
Chemists impact almost every aspect of modern life, from developing better materials for automobiles to designing new drugs to curing life-threatening diseases. Chemistry provides a strong background for careers in research, medicine, law, pharmacy, environmental sciences, engineering, business, technical writing and education. It also provides a foundation for graduate work in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, green chemistry, and nanochemistry, and for admission to professional schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and chemical engineering.
Our graduates have an excellent rate of success whether they continue on to complete advanced degrees such as M.D.; D.M.D.; D.D.S.; D.O.; or Ph.D.; or if they proceed to work in industry. Chemistry and biochemistry degree majors are always in great demand and have higher than average admittance rates in medical and other health-related schools. Students who wish to pursue teaching careers in the sciences may continue their education at Pace University’s School of Education, which offers programs that lead to teacher certification in chemistry and earth science in accordance with the New York State Department of Education certification guidelines.