Biochemistry is an undergraduate major degree option at The University of New Mexico's College of Arts & Sciences, making the program one of the only undergraduate biochemistry programs in the nation housed within a School of Medicine. The program trains pre-med, pre-pharmacy and pre-dental students, as well as students enrolled in the Combined BA/MD Program and students interested in MS and PhD degrees in the discipline.
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Implemented in 1984, the undergraduate biochemistry program attracts many of the university's best students. At least half of the program's graduates, including many minority students, continue their studies in graduate and professional school, many at the UNM School of Medicine. Moreover, almost all UNM students who apply to the School of Medicine have taken one of the department's upper division biochemistry courses.
Although the biochemistry major is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is organizationally and physically part of the School of Medicine. Some courses are offered on the main campus, while more advanced courses and senior research are conducted in two modern, excellently equipped buildings in the School of Medicine complex.
Both BA and BS degrees are available. Students seeking to major in biochemistry must first be accepted into the College of Arts & Sciences.
The Biochemistry degree meets or exceeds all of the curricular recommendations from both the American Chemical Society and the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The program is also consistent with current national recommendations for 21st century educational practices.
Research and Honors
Students interested in research should contact Dr. Andy Hu, director of the honors research program.
Students who wish to earn the bachelor's degree in biochemistry with honors need to allow at least two semesters for a significant project.
Many students who have elected to perform research have co-authored articles for research publications. Some biochemistry majors have performed honors research in the laboratories of other School of Medicine faculty members.
Make a point of meeting biochemistry faculty members to learn about the current research projects and opportunities available for students. Some laboratories boast work-study positions.
Minority students should look for support through the Minority Biomedical Research Support program or the Minority Access to Research Careers program.