The BS in Biochemistry requires the same core studies as the BS in Chemistry program, 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 PhD, MD or a DDS degree.
The study of chemistry is both challenging and rewarding. The department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences on Pace University’s New York City campus offers undergraduate degrees 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. By prudent selection of elective courses, in consultation with faculty advisors, chemistry majors may choose a specialization in pre-medical, pre-dental or pre-veterinary studies, and may also elect to specialize in such areas as analytical, experimental, environmental, forensics, theoretical, industrial chemistry or management science.
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 of Pace University. You will be carried far beyond textbook learning to get hands-on experience with modern laboratory instrumentation. 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.
Dyson's Innovative, Scholarly Faculty
- 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)