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B.A. in Biochemistry

Investigate the chemistry of the life process.

There are two paths to study biochemistry at the University of Mississippi: Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry or the Bachelor of Science in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry. The B.S. degree provides a more focused and rigorous math and science curriculum, while the B.A. degree allows more flexibility to combine with other academic interests. The B.A. degree requires mathematics, physics, and chemistry courses such as organic, physical, biochemistry, and molecular biochemistry.

Key Benefits

Students learn about the composition, properties, and reactions of biological substances, and gain enhanced reasoning and problem-solving skills thanks to a curriculum that follows the recommendations of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

Graduate Outcomes

A liberal arts education prepares students to deal with complexity and change. They gain key skills in communication, problem-solving, and working with diverse groups. Related careers in biochemistry include health care, medical research, public health, pharmacy, law, and policy.

Experiences Offered

The University of Mississippi's chemistry department is ranked among the top 50 chemistry departments in the country (out of 555) for its production of undergraduate degrees because faculty members take a keen interest in the success of their students. They provide expert career advising and plenty of individual attention.

B.A. in Biochemistry Faculty

The faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Mississippi have a wide variety of areas of expertise. The biochemists have research interests in stability, calcium binding, dimerization of cadherins; DNA binding protein structure and function; metalloprotein design, enzymatic fuel cells, bio-inspired C-H activation, self-assembly, and foldamers for novel structures & functions.

Saumen Chakraborty
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
James V Cizdziel
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
Walter E Cleland
ASSOCIATE CHAIR AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
Amal Antony Samy
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
Steven R Davis
PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
Jared Heath Delcamp
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
Ryan Clifton Fortenberry
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
Murrell Godfrey
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF FORENSIC CHEMISTRY
Nathan I Hammer
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
Charles L Hussey
ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR RESEARCH & GRADUATE EDUCATION AND PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
Jonah Wesley Jurss
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
Daniell L Mattern
PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
Susan Diane Pedigo
PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
Jason E Ritchie
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
Gregory S Tschumper
CHAIR AND PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
Randy Mack Wadkins
PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
Davita Watkins
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
Safo Aboaku
INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
James M O'Neal
INSTRUCTIONAL ASSOCIATE PROF OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
Emily Bretherick Rowland
INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
Gerald Bobby Rowland
INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
Kerri D Scott
INSTRUCTIONAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF FORENSIC CHEMISTRY
Ben Edward Smith
INSTRUCTOR AND ASSISTANT LABORATORY MANAGER
Liming Song-Cizdziel
INSTRUCTOR IN CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
John Franklin Wiginton
INSTRUCTIONAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE LABORATORIES
Yu-Dong Zhou
VISITING ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY

A major in biochemistry for the B.A. degree consists of the following 29 hours of courses: Chem 105, 106, 115, 116; 221, 222, 225, 226; 331 or 334; 471, 472, 473, and either 580 or 581. Students must complete Math 261 and Math 262. Phys 211, 212, 221, 222 or Phys 213, 214, 223, 224 are also required. The following courses may not be used for major credit: Chem 101, 103, 104, 113, 114, 121, 201, 202, 271, 293, 381, 382, 383, or 393.

To enroll in the program, students must have successfully completed Chem 105 or have a minimum ACT mathematics score of 25 (SAT 580 or SATR 600).

Andrew Matrick

Andrew (2013) worked for several years on a novel synthetic compound to treat cancer at the genetic level and presented his research at the American Chemical Society national convention. He was also a researcher in the Department of Pharmacognosy, Department of Surgery (at UMMC), and MS Center for Contextual Psychology. He had wide-ranging interests on campus, including broadcast journalism and choir. After graduating, Andrew enrolled in medical school at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine where he served as Class VP and President, and earned an M.B.A. He is beginning a residency in psychiatry at Northwestern University. Dr. Matrick's goal is to practice psychiatry while taking an increasing administrative role in the healthcare system, especially behavioral health.
Why study biochemistry at UM?
"It is a tightly-knit program with small class sizes that provides the opportunity to have career-shaping relationships with faculty and early undergraduate involvement in research. The B.A. degree offers an incredible opportunity to explore the wonders of the world. It allowed me the flexibility to take classes like Baroque and Rococo Art and Architecture, Philosophy of Mind, and Modern American Literature that broadened my worldview and deepened my curiosity around the study of humanity."

Student Organizations

Join the American Chemical Society and/or the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers.