Getting Hands-On Experience


St. Mary's chemistry and biochemistry majors were busy this summer participating in research and medical internships on campus and around the country.  Ashton Engdahl (above) spent her summer developing a green synthesis of functionalized pyrroles on campus with a paid research internship through our campus SMURF program.

Awards Aplenty in New Orleans

A generous contribution from the John J. Leidy Foundation allowed eight St. Mary's students to attend the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans where they presented posters describing their research.  Josh Olexa ('13) explains his poster to a judge, and former American Chemical Society president, in the Speak Simply Contest where students were judged on their ability to explain their research. St. Mary's was well represented, as Josh and Greg Triegger ('13) were both awarded for their posters.

The Biochemistry Major: Program Objectives

Students completing this major should:

  • Gain a solid foundation in the sciences needed to understand the biological and chemical complexities in the processes of life.
  • Develop proficiency in written and oral communication of scientific topics.
  • Be able to search the scientific literature and use Internet resources to identify relevant information.
  • Nurture the ability to read and critically assess scientific literature.
  • Learn to organize and analyze scientific knowledge and information.
  • Develop the technical an intellectual skills necessary to facilitate creative problem solving.
  • Engage in independent thinking across the disciplines of chemistry and biology and integrate the chemistry and biology learned throughout the curriculum.
  • Learn skills and techniques of modern experimental biochemistry and molecular biology.
  • Develop the ability to design experiments and discern the knowledge that can be gained from experimentation, but also understand the limitations of both the scientific method and modern instrumentation.
  • Evaluate the impact of technology and ethics in the filed of biochemistry.
  • Have an awareness of the major issues at the forefront of the discipline and foster a lifelong curiosity about recent developments.
  • Gain the ability to think in an integrated manner and look at problems from different perspectives.
  • Develop the ability to do independent research in biochemistry and successfully communicate the results in both oral and written forms.
  • Have the skills and confidence necessary to take biochemical initiatives from idea to implementation.